Point of pride: 'Gay' sweater takes aim at homophobic language
Published Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:03PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, March 25, 2015 8:36AM EDT
This “gay” sweater is unusual in every way, right down to its colourful buttons.
For one, it’s made entirely of human hair, from the heads of Canadians in the LGBTQ community. Two, it’s a garment that doubles as an educational tool, aimed at ending the use of homophobic expressions, such as: “That’s so gay.”
The sweater, designed by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, is making its debut at Toronto Fashion Week. To the centre’s founder, Jeremy Dias, it’s the only thing that can rightfully be called the “gayest sweater in the whole entire world.”
In fact, he says, “It’s the only gay object in the entire world.”
Dias says the cardigan is meant to draw attention to prejudice and how the term “gay” is used in a negative way.
“How is it that we’ve legislated equal rights but we haven’t showed people how to be more respectful?” Dias said. “How is it that subtle forms of homophobia and transphobia are still in our society?”
To help combat prejudice, the sweater will now travel to schools, businesses and museums across Canada.
The sweater also made its debut on social media Tuesday, where it got mostly positive reviews:
THIS GUY WAS GETTING FRUSTRATED THAT PPL WERE USING GAY LIKE "OH THAT SHIRT IS SO GAY" SO HE MADE A SWEATER OUT OF ACTUAL HAIR FROM GAY PPL— kaly is coliver af (@idmarryyouhxrry) March 24, 2015
Yeah but is the Gay Sweater SINGLE ?!?!— Sheila Connolly (@Soapyfilm) March 24, 2015
"while that Gay Sweater might be both gay and educational, it’s also, sadly, super-fugly." (,-_-,)— #UAPrettyNasty (@DucK_SeazoN) March 24, 2015
With a report from CTV Toronto's Scott Lightfoot