BEEFCAKE SWIMWEAR (BEEFCAKESWIMWEAR.COM)
When I was little, I had a pair of navy-blue Bahama shorts plastered with huge white flowers and cinched at the waist with a drawstring. I can’t remember ever wearing them except for when I was in my room, wishing in my heart of hearts that I could sport swim trunks to the beach instead of a girly Speedo. That’s when I’d throw ’em on, peel off my t-shirt, and jump off my bed, all the while imagining that I was diving into a pool on a warm summer day. In the 20 years since, not much has changed for folks who don’t quite fit into the bikini-or-board-shorts binary. But here comes the sun, finally! Meet Beefcake Swimwear, a queer-owned, Kickstarter-funded company that offers 1920s-inspired one-piece suits. It’s made for those of us who want a seaworthy outfit that won’t force our looks back into the binary.