Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
This year, I wanted to pay respect to Keith Haring, an openly gay artist, who used his art to advocate safe sex when the AIDS epidemic was at a boiling point. He unfortunately passed away from HIV in 1987, but he lives on through his art, which is still used for safe sex/HIV awareness. Mr. Haring was and will forever be one of the biggest artistic influences on me, and I hope this limited edition t-shirt would make him proud.
10% of the profits from the sales of this t-shirt will be donated to the Keith Haring Foundation(https://www.haring.com/kh_foundation/)
Another 10% of the profits from the sales of this t-shirt will be donated to the Up North Pride(http://www.http://upnorthpride.com/)