Christian Siriano has designed a new T-shirt to celebrate Stonewall Day.
The 34-year-old designer has created the limited-edition tee to raise funds for Pride Live, which supports LGBTQ+ organisations including Brave Space Alliance, TransLatin Coalition, the Trans Lifeline, and the Ally Coalition.
Siriano hopes the T-shirt, which features a falling firework rainbow design and the racially and trans-inclusive Pride flag emblem, will help to raise money to provide much-needed support to the community.
“It was a nice way to somewhat be involved and hopefully raise money for so many different types of people that need it,” he explained to Advocate.com. “I also really just wanted to it be quite graphic and bold and simple and powerful.”
The former Project Runway winner, who is gay, also confessed that it was difficult to create a design that would serve as a middle ground and please everyone, which he admitted “is sometimes a challenge in a T-shirt.”
“Everybody has their tastes and opinions, let me tell ya,” he laughed.
And in addition to the T-shirt, Siriano has been named a Stonewall Day Ambassador, and he hopes the LGBTQ+ community will come together safely online instead of travelling to the site of the New York uprising to celebrate the day.
“I think it’s nice to just be a part of something that is trying make a difference or educate,” he shared. “We all won’t be able to be together fully, but at least hopefully, in this way, people are leaving more passionate than ever.”
Stonewall Day, which takes place on Friday, marks the anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots of 1969.
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