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Luke Evans shares before and after pics from 8 months of training / Queerty

Luke Evans shares before and after pics from 8 months

Actor Luke Evans really wants you to know–he’s kept in shape during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The actor, known for his roles in Beauty and the Beast and The Alienist, shared before and after pictures showing off his body and highlighting the dramatic change in his weight.

8 months of work but I got there. June 2020 – February 2021,” he wrote on Instagram. “I won’t bother putting statistics as the judges will only judge.”

The side-by-side comparison of his “dad bod” from last summer strikes a stark contrast with his very lean, ripped build from last month. Of course, Evans also showed off his new body in several other pictures, which left us reaching for a glass of water. A tall glass of water.

At the moment, Evans is gearing up to star in a live-action version of Disney’s Pinnochio for director Robert Zemeckis. Evans will play the evil Coachman who whisks the title character off to the hedonism of Pleasure Island. The actor will star alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy Cricket, Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy, Keegan-Michael Key as Honest John and Tom Hanks as Geppetto.

Finland military warned homosexuality was ‘obstacle’ to training


Finland military troops (Creative Commons/A. v. Z.)

Finland’s defence forces have been criticised for using discriminatory training material that described homosexuality as an “obstacle” to service.

The shocking advice came from the Centre for Military Medicine, which is responsible for the health of conscripts and defence personnel.

According to a report by the Finnish Parliamentary Ombudsman, the centre said in a training manual that sexual orientation, specifically homosexuality, was an obstacle to military service.

The material referred to “demanding terms of service” and community housing, Nord News reported. For this reason, it said, cadets should doubt their chances of successfully completing the training.

Gay cadets were advised to opt for the Class C category in fitness checks, a category that is exempt from peacetime military service and includes those with mental health issues.

In response to criticism from the ombudsman, the Defence Command insisted that the Finnish military does not consider homosexuality to be a mental disorder, nor should it have been a criterion in Class C.

However, the ombudsman said that the training material might have given health professionals the impression that sexuality could hinder military service, despite Finland declassifying homosexuality as an illness in 1981.

The ombudsman found that the material was offensive and discriminatory, and these sections have now been removed from the document.

The controversial guidance is surprising coming from Finland, which is widely viewed as one of the most LGBT-friendly countries in the world.

Last year the Gay Happiness Index ranked it as the happiest country for LGBT+ people, beating Denmark, Norway, Iceland, The Netherlands, Sweden and New Zealand.

Public opinion is similarly high: a 2019 poll found that 80 per cent of Finns think LGBT+ people should enjoy all the same rights as heterosexual people, and their newly-elected prime minister Sanna Marin is the proud daughter of same-sex parents. She says her family’s strong belief in equality is the foundation of her political views.