Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
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Real America, with Abe Sauer and Zack P.: The Awl 2010 Benefit Calendar

zack at workWe met Zack P. back in August, when he was the sole protester at the Grand Forks, North Dakota Tea Parties. So, what has Zack been up to? I recently received an email answering just that question. "Abe: Am working on a protest of Focus on the Family and their hate-filled B.S. and I can tell by some of the comments on The Awl that people tend to think of North Dakota as a bunch of rednecks… just don't want my hometown to seem like Laramie. Interested?" I was. But when I arrived at the church, Zack was nowhere to be found. Just two police cruisers.

The event was sponsored by Grand Forks Hope Covenant Church and was titled "Balancing Truth & Grace: A Christian Response To Homosexuality." Their intent was "to inform in the spirit of truth and grace to fully understand the issue and be equipped to minister to someone dealing with same-sex attractions." Speakers at the event included Melissa Fryrear (of Exodus International) and Jeff Johnston, who is the author of the must-read report "Childhood Sexual Abuse and Male Homosexuality."

hope churck zack

Zack was not arrested. He has mostly good things to say about the church and how welcoming they were. The police were called more for his safety than anything else. And Zack had managed to motivate a group of people to join him in the peaceful protest. He told me all this when I met him for beers later at a bar in downtown Grand Forks.

Zack has written letters to the editor of the Grand Forks Herald about gay rights. One supported the passage of North Dakota state bill SB2278, a sexual orientation rights bill which would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation for employment, housing, and other services. The bill made it all the way through the state Senate before being killed, in April, in the House.

This means that in North Dakota, you can legally be denied a job or bank credit, or be evicted, because you are gay. Meanwhile, the North Dakota Family Alliance asked the governor to designate November 15-21 as "Family Week," to "honor the family and encourage families to spend time together." Because Governor John Hoeven is spineless, he immediately did so.

Zack actually wrote letters to the editor in support of this bill after it died ("Bill would have let gays 'live as themselves'"). A month later he wrote another one ("No turning back tide of gay rights"). He did this under his full name.

Not long after these letters appeared, Zack lost his housing and job at the Masonic Temple, where he was also a building manager. The reason given for his firing and eviction was tight funding. That may be true. But even if it was because he was gay, that is a totally legal reason.

After that, Zack moved in with his parents. After the typical initial shock, awkward discomfort and distancing that comes with having a child "come out," they treat him as any plain old loving parents would.

Zack is 21 and he works two jobs. He is a proud North Dakotan who, in true regional character, wants government out his business and the right to work hard and have a nice home. To be his Facebook friend is to be inundated with updates about a guy perpetually at, going to, or coming from, work. He is a mechanic at a locally-owned gas station. He learned to fix cars from restoring his own "projects," including a decrepit 1970 Coronet that he pulled out of a field one summer. He dropped a 500-horsepower 440 with a built 727 into it (with plans of adding a set of headers and 2.5 exhaust with cutouts with 3.55 sure grip and slicks). The Coronet then exploded, due to too much power. He's going to start over.

His other job has been managing shipping inventory at one of Grand Forks' warehouse retailers. He needs the money because there is this great old house in town he wants to renovate-and he wants to get his own apartment again. But he just lost this warehouse job; that particular national retailer (Target) frowns on moonlighters.

Gay life in Grand Forks, North Dakota is not the black hole one might imagine. The North Dakota Ten Percent Society is active at the university. They throw parties from time to time. But it's still a small town and being openly gay is to take your safety into your own hands.
bw smoke

He often thinks about leaving, because… come on. "I would love to settle down with somebody and have a kid someday," he said, with the emphasis on "someday." "But what happens at school during parent teacher conferences? My two dads are going to go in there? That's crap. I mean, I can take it. But I can't put a kid through that here."

But without any connections in larger cities like Minneapolis, or the savings to make that kind of move, he probably can't leave. And, anyway, Zack loves North Dakota. That is a tremendous tragedy because North Dakota does not love Zack.

levi zack face off
Meanwhile, Levi Johnston is a sex symbol (even, inexplicably, a gay one). He has been in pistachio commercials and magazines and on red carpets. The feckless media that have pathetically wallowed in the mud to take advantage of (and subsequently enrich) Johnston include Vanity Fair, GQ, and New York magazine. Gawker exploited him by giving him an award. Playgirl, a tug rag that never pretended to be about anything but exploitation, came out in the end as, surprisingly, the most principled. Levi Johnston became a celebrity, and a wealthier man, all because of how much the people who write for these publications hate the woman he is tangentially connected to. (The enemy of my enemy is my intellectually-shameless disposable fetish-object.)

Levi Johnston's only accomplishment is displeasing a woman that a bunch of so-called free thinkers are displeased by-and he accomplished that largely by not wearing a condom. That is his only real accomplishment. That is his only attempt at a real accomplishment.

zack levi gun shovel

Zack P. is not from an out-of-touch family that is famous or rich or of political royalty. He is not a pointy-headed elitist coaster who knows what's best for everyone. He carries no baggage from the 1960s. He's young. He's a hard-working guy from Middle America and he gets down and dirty politically and risks his neck for what he believes in. He should be the left's future. He should be the left's poster child, its goddamn sex symbol-not some actor who happens to lend his good looks to whatever "awareness" campaign is hot. Zack is not the future America deserves but he's the one it needs. Zack should be one of this pitiful nation's sexiest people.

To this end, The Awl has put together a 2010 benefit calendar of sexy Zack goodness. The calendar features a collection of photos that are preposterous, topical, sexy, poignant, naked, embarrassing and bad-sometimes all at the same time. (If you are a nit-picky art director, you may have some complaints about the execution, in which case, you are welcome to art-direct next year's calendar-pro bono, of course. Also, the online preview looks terrible, but it looks much better in print!)

All proceeds go to Zack, to be used for making protest posters or buying extra locks for his new house (cross your fingers!) or for taking a trip to somewhere warm. (The details: Manufacturing cost is $12.49, Lulu.com takes $1.50, and the remaining $6 go to Zack.) And in the unlikely event that this is an overly-successful venture, he will be donating a portion of the profits to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.


Abe Sauer would like you to buy this calendar.

139 Comments / Post A Comment

LolCait (#460)

Gawd, he's so kewwwt.

HiredGoons (#603)

I have such a crush.

slinkimalinki (#182)

i know. adorable!

HiredGoons (#603)

I was under the impression from the previous column that he was straight. This just makes it so much worse.

I mean… I love my boyfriend…

Abe Sauer (#148)

(Oh hey, don't mind me, just putting this here) In case the calendar order link is not showing up (like NOW) just go here for the preview/order!
http://www.lulu.com/content/lulustudio-calendar/zack/8043676

iplaudius (#1,066)

You see. Good-looking gays are not always the worst.

earlydinner (#1,816)

Only when they live impossibly far away from New York.

Ronbo (#2,383)

GAWD…HE IS SO QUEER! I bet he gives Obama the hots!

garge (#736)

Dear, you are losing your charm.

HiredGoons (#603)

No he's not.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Look you cocksucker, your site is called the "freedom fighter's journal." So I do not want to see you trawling around here posting your usual inflammatory horseshit. I know you do it just to argue… Your blog is called a "Freedom Fighter Journal" but you're unwilling to stand up for the freedom of every American to pursue happiness? Your high talk of liberty masks an unwillingness to respect the liberty of an American to live his or her life the way he or she chooses. The emptiness of your cries of "Fascism!" are betrayed by the very social fascism you support. "Freedom Fighter"? You're a pathetic hypocrite who wouldn't know actual freedom if it smashed you in your kisser.

HiredGoons (#603)

Abe, I love you even more for using 'cocksucker' less than five words in.

iplaudius (#1,066)

You are boring.

NicFit (#616)

Why don't you man up and allow unmoderated comments on your blog, wuss?

KarenUhOh (#19)

Personal liberty, hard work, the desire to live one's life without bothering or being bothered.

Gee. It could be a credo for any real American. I mean, if you were someone deserving.

myfanwy (#1,124)

You know, this makes up for all the crap I've been reading all day. You guys are really great.

This is all Abe. Who it turns out is a nice person!

HiredGoons (#603)

You know, I NEED a new calendar anyway… but even if I didn't.

chrissth (#250)

I've been using the same one since 2003.

HiredGoons (#603)

I'm working with an astrolabe and sundial here, so you're a few steps ahead.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

I don't really have much use for the calendar (no offense meant to North Dakota – Sioux yeah yeah!, Zack, or calendars); is there a way to donate directly?

Working on that! Please hold!

Abe Sauer (#148)

I am sure Zack would be honored to have any money IN ANY AMOUNT go to the M Shep Foundation, which he wholeheartedly supports and would donate more to if he was… you know… not broke. It has the bonus of being tax deductible (unless gay rights groups have been removed by the GOP as deductible charities WHICH IS POSSIBLE).

Ronbo (#2,383)

Look you cocksucker, your site is called the “freedom fighter’s journal.” So I do not want to see you trawling around here posting your usual inflammatory horseshit. I know you do it just to argue… Your blog is called a “Freedom Fighter Journal” but you’re unwilling to stand up for the freedom of every American to pursue happiness? Your high talk of liberty masks an unwillingness to respect the liberty of an American to live his or her life the way he or she chooses. The emptiness of your cries of “Fascism!” are betrayed by the very social fascism you support. “Freedom Fighter”? You’re a pathetic hypocrite who wouldn’t know actual freedom if it smashed you in your kisser.

Listen up you subhuman faggot scum: I don't give a rat's ass what you think! You aren't good enough to lick dog shit off my combat boots – Speaking of which I'm a decorated U.S. Army veteran with two tours in Vietnam, 1967 to 1969. This makes me an OFFICIAL freedom fighter. BTW, Abbie The Subhuman – How many tours did you do in a combat zone? None I'll wager – you're just typical chicken shit Leftard scum. The same type of stinking filth that "Protested" me and my buddies when we returned home and called us "baby killers" and other foul things when we landed in California. Well, shit burger, we Vietnam Vets never forgive or forgot those days and who is the real enemy of America – It's FILTH like you.

Evan (#1,473)

Ooh, that Ronbo there, he's a BIG man, I can tell.

Talks all tuff on da internets, he does!

You better be scurred, 'cause he might hit "reply" again, while he seethes in his tradishnul 'Murkan small penis syndrome angurrrrrr.

Veteran or not, what a pissant little bitch.

Love,

The brother of a servicemember who does NOT need to fight paper tigers on the internet in order to feel like a man.

Abe Sauer (#148)

@Ronbo: A lot of proud talk from a guy who chooses to post anonymously. Your whole made-up vet story is probably a load of bullshit barely worthy of a straight to video release.

@ronbo: and your being a veteran gives you the right to justly denigrate gays? because as a veteran you have unquestioned moral authority? then what is your opinion of all the vietnam vets who disagree with you on that particular issue? because they do exist! i'm proud to know quite a few of them! also, while it's admirable and brave to give service to our country, i don't see how being a freedom fighter gives you the moral carte blanche to stomp around on everyone else's freedoms. also, why do you even read this site? also, what am i, an internet noob? why am i engaging with this troll?

Brian (#115)

Seconded.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

Will next year's calendar be Balk in various weeping stages?
September can be a nice quiet cry; October shoulder-racking sobs, and so forth.

Bittersweet (#765)

Great idea. That way we can track next year's Summer of Death all in one place.

Abe Sauer (#148)

I was told it was going to be Balk posed adorably like fruits and stuff in an homage to those famous baby portraits.

missdelite (#625)

Balk and Choire naked spooning. *sigh.

slinkimalinki (#182)

WHO IS THE OUTSIDE SPOON?

NicFit (#616)

How could he not want to move to New York and spend all day in a 300 sq. ft. "studio" in Bushwick snarking on the internet? This guy really has a lot to learn.

iplaudius (#1,066)

Zack is not the future America deserves but he's the one it needs.

Two jobs, no money, and still has time to organize for civil rights. This is indeed the kind of person we need more of.

garge (#736)

I AM WORRIED … are you sure he is safe there?

Also, this calendar is the perfect thing for that Martha Stewartism of keeping an all purpose gift in the closet, for those spontaneous gift-requisite occasions.

HiredGoons (#603)

'in the closet' made me chuckle.

mathnet (#27)

I HAVE JUST ORDERED THIS STUPIDAWESOME CALENDAR

"If you are a nit-picky art director, you may have some complaints about the execution, in which case, you are welcome to art-direct next year's calendarâ€"pro bono, of course…"

I see this playing out like the Kristin Chenowith Lifetime Christmas movie "The 12 Men of Christmas." Except gay and with one man. I think you guys should pitch this to LOGO.

KarenUhOh (#19)

I'd like him to supercharge my Pinto.

Wow, this is just like adopting a child in Africa. Although there are no monthly payments. Which you don't keep up. Resulting in them getting kicked out of school and starving to death.

So, yeah, a calendar is a great idea.

josh_speed (#97)

"This means that in North Dakota, you can legally be denied a job or bank credit, or be evicted, because you are gay."

And yet they'll still happily take your tax dollars like you were actually equal.

Zack P.: keep your chin up, dude. You are currently The Greatest American Hero.

hman (#53)

Oh, I don't think too many people are reading your shirt.

oudemia (#177)

I know! Nom!

muskegharpy (#2,094)

I do believe this is the perfect antidote to the Stihl calendar.

Also, Zack–you are awesome. Thanks for showing that normal folk live in a rural areas too. And good luck with that remodel, hope the wiring is newer than knob-and-tube.

Ronbo (#2,383)

One percent of the population is homosexual…Yeah, that real normal!

Ronbo (#2,383)

Correct: that is real normal.

muskegharpy (#2,094)

I meant people who are not insufferable, uninformed conseveritards.

muskegharpy (#2,094)

heh, conservitards.

Rod T (#33)

Hey Zack,
Come to New York. Despite what you see in the media and by the big gay organizations, you don't have to heterosexualize your homosexuality. I wonder if you really want a kid some day or if you just assume that's "what people do". You don't need a significant other either. You can come to the city and have significant others in abundance. There's other choices, bud.
Rod

riggssm (#760)

Yes, what he said (except for the "Come to New York" part: plenty of places where you can do your thing. NYC is but one of them!)

mordzook (#2,330)

Yeah, as a gay Minneapolitan, I can confirm that you can have all the significant others you want here.

BlinkyMcChuck (#202)

Heartbreaker, lovetaker, don't you mess around with…ok actually DO mess around with me. Wow. I am so getting this.

Apparatchik (#811)

My holiday grinch heart just grew three sizes with this post. An inspiring article and person.

Apparatchik (#811)

Also, allow me to get a bit more crass: Abram, when is your calendar coming out? I'm a strapping rural Wisconsinite transplanted to Manhattan and all I want for x-mas is to throw a saddle on your back, grab hold of your hat's ear-flaps and ride you around my co-op apartment.

Abe Sauer (#148)

I am from rural Wisconsin and moved to Manhattan ARE YOU ME FROM THE PAST?!?!

Apparatchik (#811)

I think so, because where I am right now, it's still 4:20. Come over – I have a case of Miller High Life in the camouflage can.

Apparatchik (#811)

Also, I'm decorating the tree and enjoying a meat & cheese gift box that my aunt sent from The Swiss Colony. Try not to be jealous.

Abe Sauer (#148)

I am a little only because the last time I went by Sun Prairie's Cheeseman the FACTORY STORE HAD BEEN CLOSED!!

Apparatchik (#811)

Ah yes. The Cheeseman. Last year I received the "Sausage Master" gift box from my family and I don't even think they were trying to be ironic.

Mmmm. Tubed meats.

That is all.

sargasm (#104)

Abe, Cheesy is broke! His construction company went under and his wife has filed for divorce. It was a sad day for curd lovers everywhere.

Abe Sauer (#148)

I am genuinely grieved about this.

hungrybee (#2,091)

Rest easy, the Mars Cheese Castle has yet to fold. 'Course that's a little south from up nort, if that's where your heart lies.

Hez (#147)

Dorothy Mantooth, it should relieve you and everyone here who knows me to learn that I consumed some tubed meats last night. And I am not talking in code.

riggssm (#760)

Trying to buy but I can't figure out how the fuck to use paypal on their website.

I suck.

mathnet (#27)

There's a drop-down in the payment section (with "PayPal" and "Credit/Debit Card"). I think it's the first item?

riggssm (#760)

I was having a short bus moment with the "use paypal" but still enter my personal billing address (which I never give outâ€"â€"everything goes to my office) situation.

So, I just made up a "billing address" and it went through fine!

Abe Sauer (#148)

Christ. This does not make me feel good about having a PayPal account

Moff (#28)

Zack, if you're reading this (or even if you're not): I just bought a calendar, and on behalf of the Fargo South class of '94 (go Bruins!), I want to apologize for all the times we made fun of this kid named Chad for wearing a dress to school. And also just for the rest of our state in general. Which, when I was growing up, never struck me as so terribly conservative — but I think that was largely a function of (1) having a Californian mom and (2) living in cosmopolitan Fargo. Anyway, I will say that returning to the Midwest after five years in New York has made me acutely aware of how often some variation of "Dude, you're gay" passes for humor back here. (Even in progressive homo communist stronghold Madison!)

Here is the problem, which is totally not yours to solve, and which I mention just because it's interesting fodder for discussion, I think: No matter how much one loves North Dakota (because I do!), it's really pretty great to move away. And as a result, I don't think any of my close, smart, same-sex-marriage-etc.-supporting friends live there anymore, or likely ever will again. That makes me kind of sad, not just because I have no one to hang out with if I happen to visit at some time besides Christmas, but because if we all have left, that's a dozen fewer people who are there to push North Dakota to get its shit together.

That said, the last time I lived there for any length of time (in 2003, for about nine months), I sure hung out with plenty of people from my temp job who I'm pretty positive are on your — our — whatever — side. And also one guy who was super nice but loved Sean Hannity. I don't know what I'm saying! Just, thank you for being courageous and God bless you and stuff.

beingiseasy (#1,735)

dave bry and the public apology is having an effect on commenters. <3 this

Baroness (#273)

God bless 'im was my feeling too, and you're right- as courageous as Zack is fighting the good fight where he is- which is important, and brave, and he really is helping change people's prejudices- I just hope the kid finds happiness and love.

contradicto (#443)

And here I was mulling over my calender options for my office next year. Thanks, Awl!

KarenUhOh (#19)

I would like to know why a number of the comments are logged in as being made before the post was published.

Because, besides being gorgeous and wealthy, I would also like to be younger.

iplaudius (#1,066)

This must be related to the issue that was triggering the WordPress error that was preventing people from posting comments. They'd get the error message, "You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down." Which I found very funny. Per a Choire comment in another post, David Cho is working on it.

David Cho (#3)

We're having an issue with the timestamp and posting times of our posts, and that's affecting posts and commenting. We are trying to fix it though..

ryantate (#169)

"The Coronet then exploded, due to too much power."

YES! Awesome.

Would a little Jalopnik exploitation be so awful? Just asking.

christhesaint (#2,523)

$%&#
It's been a while and I totally forgot my original username/password.
And even though I had to make up this new one (so I could comment on this DELICIOUS post), I'm still totally gonna keep trying to remember the original one 'cause i liked that I was #200.

UGH.
Now I forgot what I wanted to say about Zack.

christhesaint (#2,523)

(other than I like his toes).

chrissth (#250)

There we go.

chrissth (#250)

Oh. #250. That's what I meant.

Matt (#26)

There is a Batman reference in this post. (Also this is a nice thing.)

Fuck CNN's Heroes, this dude's the real deal.

RickVigorous (#214)

What do they mean it might not arrive by Dec 25?? I need some XMas Zack.

propertius (#361)

Maybe we can all pitch in to get him some new wine.

Or do they not allow that in North Dakota?

Abe Sauer (#148)

Are you kidding? This is the drunkest state I have ever seen. And I'm from Wisconsin.

Moff (#28)

I CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN THAT WISCONSIN IS DRUNKER.

propertius (#361)

I was thinking about the shipping aspect. Some states have fussy rules about shipping wine into them.

Abe Sauer (#148)

@Moff: "And they seem to wear alcohol-related brushes with the law as badges of honor, she said…During “power hour” binges, people try to down 21 shots of booze between midnight, when they turn 21, and the 1 a.m. bar closing time. North Dakota’s 11 percent rate of alcohol dependence and abuse also led the nation in the study."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7179876

I know, I'm from WI, it seems impossible but…

Moff (#28)

@Abe: Well, I'm certainly not going to suggest that North Dakota is that much less drunker. But the power-hour thing is not limited to ND. And North Dakota is one of the few places I've lived where you could only buy alcohol at a liquor store, and not the supermarket. AND: In ND, a DUI is considered a felony after the fourth conviction. In WI, you get five, plus you have to hurt somebody. BOOM, ROASTED.

If those don't seem like very strong arguments, it might be because I've had almost a whole bottle of wine in the last few hours.

Abe Sauer (#148)

But see, right there; in ND, WINE IS FOR BREAKFAST!

Moff (#28)

Actually, I think in a lot of places in ND, it's considered pretty faggy to have wine for breakfast. But it just goes so well with bacon!

It does disappoint me that there's not a more robust mead business there.

Moff (#28)

(I HOPE IT IS CLEAR TO ALL READERS THAT I AM USING THE WORD "FAGGY" IRONICALLY UP THERE.)

Abe Sauer (#148)

That's very true. You know, one would think there would be a giant beet vodka business here too but no.

I want to pillage his dairy farm of lust.

Wait, the cows must get cold in ND.

Wheat..farm?

lol FARM

slinkimalinki (#182)

IS EVERYBODY JUST FUCKING DRUNK IN HERE? (hic.)

hazmathilda (#839)

ORDERED. Thanks Awl. Good luck Zack.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Thanks!

Rod T (#33)

Gurl. That lulu site is slow. I'm considering multiples as a stocking stuffer, but have a question: Is there explanatory text on the calendar?

Abe Sauer (#148)

Um. Maybe not so much. But maybe I can get Choire to set up a "print" page with jolly holiday sprinkles on it (like mistletoe and cats in santa hats!) that can be used as a gifting partner for the calendar. YES CHOIRE?!?!

wiilliiaamm (#225)

Zack….dont listen to these elites (take their money) and their misbegotten ideas about big city livin (take their money). The rurals need vital men like your self to live righteously and love strong. Community means something and you are part of that meaning.

Come visit us in the big cities…we will cast our eyes upon you and feel envy and a pique of sadness that we didnt have the courage or the patience to stay. Though we love our lives living in world class urbanity…so many of us long for country mornings and a day on a dirt road into an evening lit only by wood smoke and moonlight…no matter how much we talk about escape and wanderlust…there will always be a part of us left out by the barn.

(take our money)

Hez (#147)

This! Even this single lady's little robot hand was moved to thumbsuppery!

HiredGoons (#603)

Oh, and Zack P.

*call me.

riggssm (#760)

Rereading comments, I'm verily disappointed … that I didn't think to make my request before you did.

chrissth (#250)

*facebook me.

cherrispryte (#444)

Ordered! I would like to point out that, in addition to his many other positive qualities, this guy is adorable. Has anyone else noticed that?
(Note: Would still buy calendar if Zack was average/unattractive. Keep fighting the good fight.)

Abe Sauer (#148)

Oh, You will not be dissapointed.

Liquid (#546)

Wait, I'm trying to get my mind around what being diss-appointed would be like…

I also would like this calendar. But is it only to have a good-looking yet actual-real-dude on my wall? *With* cute toes? And would my sweetheart give me a funny look when I put it up?
The answer to all of these question, alas, is probably yes.
(That, and to support the guy, of course, fighting the good fight for all of us.)

BoHan (#29)

Hang in there Zack. Your parents love you. It's home. It's good. I've been there, and left, and come back, and on and on. Also, there's always Des Moines, where you can meet some hot buck at "Blazing Saddles," which actually is rather awesome, then get married, and then we'll get my Uncle to host you an awesome party at the Beaver Lodge in Ankeny. I bought two calendars. Ciao.

Fredrick (#268)

Dreamy AND better than me. How could I not earmark funds for this calendar?

lniguel85 (#2,531)

you wanna somewhere warm, come to Southern California.
Late
Oh yea, ordered a calendar as well
Cheers :-)

BlinkyMcChuck (#202)

Oh, and thanks for being the one protester!!!

Jack_Kough (#2,406)

yummy i'd like to get down and dirty with him

Vulpes (#946)

You shame, but also inspire, me, Zach. I have all the advantages of full-time employment and life among the East Coast liberal ELEEEEETS, and I don't have half your energy, courage, and work ethic. You're a much better person, and homosexual, than I, and I applaud you for it. Here's to hoping you get everything you deserve, which is everything.

P.S. Abe, if I didn't already want to scratch your beard, rub your belly, and tell you you're a good boy, I would now. You're a good egg.

beebes68 (#2,536)

Bought the calendar (and will probably buy more — he's too adorable and too heroic for just one calendar) and made a donation on his behalf to the Matthew Shephard foundation. Like a few others have mentioned, I'd be willing to donate directly to him if it would help too.

Oh I needed a calendar and now I've got a hot, sexy one!!

MusicalDeviant (#2,538)

It's a shame that a cute guy like Zack, with so much integrity and compassion, was the product of living in a place with such rampant and ridiculous hatred.

If only boys like Zack existed where I'm from, where the high level of tolerance has yielded a whole generation of gay men that have taken progress and acceptance for granted. They're all just shallow, vapid, self-absorbed airheads, who couldn't give a rats ass about gay rights.

Zack shows that having a soul and a brain are what truly make you sexy.

queers4gears (#2,539)

hey Abe – great story and calandar idea – I run a wp blog as well and would love to cross link about calendar. my site is for gay car guys – so would want to post something about his being a mechanic. please feel free to email be if your interested. thanks

Abe Sauer (#148)

Email? You can email me at abe @ abramsauer.com

iplaudius (#1,066)

OMG check out the queers4gears blog (queers4gears.com). I have a gay friend who is stupid in love with cars — like he can tell the make model year by looking at the edge of a door handle. Like he'll ask a guy out on a date and take him to a car show. I didn't realize there were others!

Jesus Abe,
I just got around to reading this today. H8 to be all fanboy on your ass, but this was SO good man. I'm happy that Zack was your subject, everyone should be so lucky.

Great job.

Evan (#1,473)

Oh, I suppose I'll add my name to the chorus asking for second and third helpings of Zack.

(PSST Zack, that picture in my "avatar" is actually me, so you can see that I am very sexxxytime, and also I live in the sticks!)

I'll buy the calendar when I get my crimmus bonus next week, I promise.

rossy (#2,555)

As a North Dakotan expat and avowed homosexual, I was compelled by Zack's courage and balls to buy this calendar. Love this kid! (in a completely platonic sense of the word love…i think?)

iplaudius (#1,066)

Just bought mine. It'll be a great Christmas present for someone. Maybe me.

Canuckian (#2,569)

@Rondo – Honestly, you're a disgrace to your country. You talk about being a veteran and defending your country and its citizens' rights and freedoms, yet you sit there in judgment and dictate what rights and freedoms people should have based on your own narrow world view. I thought the U.S. was built on people taking a stand for themselves? Whether or not you 'agree' with homosexuality, the last thing you should be doing as a 'freedom fighter' is knocking down someone such as Zack. I mean, what exactly is your definition of 'freedom', then? The freedom to deny people basic human rights and needs such as employment and shelter because they're gay? There are a lot of things I'd call you, but hero isn't one of them.

LostInSF (#563)

so inspiring. I'm saving for a house too! but I got a calendar. a girl can dream. and does.

Magician (#2,570)

Zach, I have one word for you: Seattle. Meantime, I'm buying a calendar, and you have my best wishes.

usmc blokey (#2,575)

Just ordered one. Fair play to Zack for fighting for whats right.

Ralphie (#1,886)

Let's all do what we can to help out a cute young white boy?

beklipfe (#2,586)

I know Zach well. He's a good kid. We've been on a few dates… he even endured Harry Potter with me. Buy his calendar.

Magician (#2,570)

Hey Ronbo, methinks thou doth protesteth too much, if ya know what I mean.

josh_speed (#97)

Zack: I'm thinking you should take a vacation in Montreal this summer. Change of pace, really faux-European, and The Gays are adored/adorable here!

Haha, no. (#3,451)

Heh, he's cute. Good for him fighting rights in the great white (mid-western) north.

Too bad he won't move, I'd get with him, if it wasn't in the Dakotas. :(

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