Sure, they’ve touched as many torsos of cute hipster gays as we might have, but there’s not a single criticism to be leveled against American Apparel’s “Legalize Gay” anti-Prop 8 line of tees.
Next in the company’s forward-thinking gay t-shirt segment are a few flashbacks to the past.
Sure, sartorial clues to our orientation are just plain redundant, but representing the community in a classier way than the mesh tank top we rocked over summer or the autumn-colored jock-strap we were considering wearing to Thanksgiving dinner might save grandma a few signs of the cross. A few.
Highlighting a protest sign from a 1989 anti-homophobia rally in Anaheim, the first pro-gay shirt from American Apparel’s new line declares that “Love cures homophobia” – a theory we’ve tried to test in the bathrooms of Republican conventions. (We have much more “surveying” to conduct before we release the results of the study…)
But our favorite of the two tees features an iconic image from the 1984 West Hollywood Gay Pride showcasing two svelte studs in jeans so skinny Karl Lagerfeld wants them for his next runway show.
Wearing two hip-hugging hotties on a shirt might be a stretch, but then again, it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve hosted a gay couple from Pride atop our chests.
Anti-homophobia rally and pair at WeHo Gay Pride library tees, $30 each