Gay Men Are Flashing Their Butts — And Their Coming Out Stories On This Popular Instagram Account

You’ve probably seen (and admired) an endless stream of perfectly shaped posteriors on your Instagram feeds, but the men posing for The Travelin’ Bum Instagram account are baring more than just their bums.

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The 24-year-old behind the popular Instagram account says he wanted to circumvent the stressful process of coming out and instead create one that was “therapeutic and inspiring” and one that “celebrated the exposure… right down to the crack.”

"A series of unexpected events led me to being naked on top of a beautiful mountain in New Zealand. There were two major components that propelled me 5 miles completely up a mountain. "Shame & Peace. " I have been running from shame and trying to rid it from my soul for as long as I can remember. There were few moments in my life where my mind, body, heart and soul existed in peace and harmony. I was constantly trying to change myself to be "better". Yet when I came to the country of New Zealand, an acquaintance from Hawaii invited me on a road trip of a lifetime in the most bomb spray painted camper van ever! (It is now tattooed on my leg). Our first day on the South Island, we walked under an arch that said peace, perfect peace. Little did I know that I would be finding out what those words meant over the next coming months. That brings me to this picture on top of Roys Peak overlooking Lake Wanaka. Over the course of this trip, I fought against shame. I was able to accept and let go of so much fear and insecurity just by embracing who I was born to be. Being able to bare everything that I am to this world and only have beauty shown back at me allowed for light to shine in the darkest of places. Seeds of hope were planted in places that once were barren and lifeless. This trip was the start to the lifelong journey of healing and peace. I am better human today because in this moment I surrendered everything I used to cover my nakedness. I chose to stare my shame down until all that I could see was the endless beauty this world has to offer."

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“The nudity is something that makes light of what may be a difficult situation,” he told Elite Daily. “The concept of nudity behind The Travelin’ Bum was to allow people to ‘free’ themselves from their secrets they have been holding in. [It allows] them to bare it all and be their true self, finally.”

He says he wants gay men who may be struggling with their sexuality, to feel “comfortable in their own skin.”

“My boyfriend and I have been together for 3 years and it has been one big, hush-hush relationship that was eating me alive,” he explained. “I wasn’t scared of what other people would think, but it was a battle to change the perception of how I saw my life. It wasn’t until I was on vacation, in complete relaxation and serenity, that I realized I no longer wanted to live a lie.”