Wilson Cruz and Darryl Stephens Can Do It!


The Open Artist Movement has started a new photo campaign which takes as its inspiration the well-known World War II 'We Can Do It' posters by graphic artist J. Howard Miller in support of the war effort.

John Ganun and the OAM have found a selection of actors, models, and activists eager to flex their biceps in a first round of prints. The campaign is an effort to show solidarity with "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal efforts and other LGBT causes.

Wilson Cruz and Darryl Stephens are featured here. Reichen, model Stephanie Roberts, and activist Andrew Oldershaw are some of the others.



  1. says

    The concept is cool, the actors are good looking. Meh.

    Our community is infamous for using actors and models over real people from the military (or any subject for that matter). Then again, our community tends to be fairly shallow when it comes to visuals (even I’m guilty of this) so I guess the photographer made the right choice as far as his career goes. For art’s sake, maybe not.

  2. SB says

    It never fails on these gay blogs. If those pictures had featured Gyllenahaal, Beckham, or even Mark Wahlberg, all the comments would have been about how positively “hot” they are. But when it’s a minority, it’s time to “analyze merits” and bitch. (Let the denials begin.)

  3. Zaihan Kariyani says

    Daryl Stephens has great arms, a beatiful face and a killer pout, so it makes for a “faggy pic”?

    Niles, please have a look at the hundreds of thousands of men with the same physical features who can’t help but be beautiful, and then confirm with every one of them that they are homosexual. Because according to you they just have to be, right?

  4. JeffNYC says

    Two out gay men, both talented and very good looking, and all you people can do is find fault.

    What a bunch of ugly bitches you all are. You’re worse than the posters on Datalounge. At least on Datalounge the bitchy anonymous posters attempt to be clever–and often are.

    Here you all just sound bitter and pitiable, like no-life losers who chase all their friends away by contributing nothing but constant criticism. I can hear your friends now, “Oh, do we HAVE to invite Kevin and Niles and Grabbin? No one can stand them.”

    It’s ironic that you’re all so pre-Boys in the Band-ish, since Towleroad itself is such a forward-looking, positive and upbeat site. If I were Andy, I’d just remove the comments sections. It would be no loss. You all would crawl under some other rock.

  5. g_whiz says

    As much as I find pithy commentary about matters that are wholly positive a turn on…I’m inclined to agree with JeffinNYC on this. A lot of the posts around here are practically toxic.

  6. TeddyRoosevelt says

    “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

  7. FrancoisTrueFaux says

    Did they overturn DADT and I missed it? Or are these posters just ready for after the eventual repeal? Because these images definitely have a target audience. . .

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