HRC is proudly partnering with artist Kelly Towles on a limited-edition “Strong Heart” T-shirt. As a straight man and young father, Towles envisions a world where his son Atticus can grow up in an environment where bullying is not tolerated. Kelly’s design features a whimsical purple heart, which includes the words spirit, stay strong, love and equal rights.
Artist Ryan McGinness Exclusively for the Human Rights Campaign in Recognition of National Coming Out Day
“My first reaction to being asked to create a new design for National Coming Out Day was, “Are you sure you have the right guy?” I’m not gay. I hesitate to explain that, because it sounds like I’m defensively saying, “I’m not gay.” I have learned, however, that I am a “straight ally”—a term I never knew before working with the HRC. I think a lot of people are straight allies, but have not come out as such. So, the first step in accepting this invitation was for me to make National Coming Out Day personal by coming out as a straight ally.
The next step involved deciding what I did not want to include in the drawing: closets and rainbows. (In the end, the ROY G. BIV color spectrum proved too useful a cliché to exclude.) The sketch process shown on my web site reveals the different concepts and directions I explored—from angry middle fingers to friendly flowers.
The speech bubble, radiating lines, and universal figure emerged as the three essential elements. These three nouns were set in motion with the increasing scale shifts from the small figure, to the larger message, to the even larger resonance of that message. Additionally, it was important to me that the speech bubble be empty but framed in the already established color spectrum signaling inclusion of everybody. My hope is that people will customize the speech bubble by filling in the empty center.”
Thanks to DC Modern Luxury Magazine for including me as part of their September 2013 Women of Style issue. Honored to be in the company of such amazing women doing great things.
HRC is proud to unveil a T-shirt design in celebration of Equality Rocks, a public engagement campaign featuring prominent musicians - both American and international - who support LGBT equality.
Tegan and Sara are the latest of a cadre of musicians to take a stand in support of marriage equality and the Human Rights Campaign. The duo are longtime advocates for LGBT equality. Most recently, the Canadian indie-pop duo performed at a benefit concert for HRC in Long Island, NY. The band played a 45-minute set combining music from both their most recent album and older chart-toppers, including Back in Your Head.
Fashion designer and activist Kenneth Cole is partnering with the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots for a limited-edition shoe collection to help raise funds in support of the Human Rights Campai
Brazilian electro rockers CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy) join a growing list of musicians standing with the Human Rights Campaign in the fight for LGBT equality. Currently headlining the 2013 NYLON Summer Music Tour in promotion of their new album, the band lent their voice in support for marriage equality while backstage at the iconic 9:30 Club.
During a benefit concert for the Human Rights Campaign in NYC, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine joined Dev Hynes of Blood Orange for a surprise performance. The duo captivated the crowd with a cover of Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” Welch and Hynes are the latest of a cadre of musicians and artists to lend their support for marriage equality. Equality Rocks is sparking conversations across the country about the power of love, fairness and equality.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs join a growing list of musicians standing with HRC in the fight for marriage equality.
The band, comprised of straight allies Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase, voiced their support for LGBT equality while backstage with HRC at the Sweetlife Festival in May.
Watch their video now and help spread the world about the growing number of musicians and artists in support of equality.