Designed in Battle: supporting queer Ukrainian soldiers


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Image: Treasure Island Media Twitter

100% of profits from porn studio Treasure Island Media’s new clothing range support queer Ukrainian soldiers fighting on the front lines. Designed in Battle apparel features the secret/not-so-secret-now symbol of the Achilles Brotherhood.

Treasure Island Media donate the profits to a Ukrainian gay military group for the purchase of medical supplies. In 2018, openly gay veteran Viktor Pylypenko founded the Union of the LGBT military, veterans and volunteers following service in the Donbas Volunteer Battalion. Since then, the union expanded to operate groups for gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender military. Gay and bisexual male members are known as the Achilles Brotherhood.

The union says queer soldiers currently take “an active part not only in defending Ukraine from the Russian invasion on the frontline, but also defending democracy and equality for all citizens of Ukraine.”

Members of the union wear a unicorn symbol to identify themselves to each other. The Designed in Battle range features that same symbol.

Treasure Island Media describes the fight of queer Ukrainian soldiers as more than just a fight for their own homeland.

“These brave gay men are not just battling for the freedom of their country. They’re also in a fight to the death against a homophobic regime for the right to live freely as men who love men. And on that front, they fight for all of us, and they need your support.”

Caution: Treasure Island Media Twitter feed is NSFW

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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