Trailblazing menswear label Nasty Pig might sound frivolous, but the clothing company is serious about helping homeless LGBT youth. Today, Nasty Pig launched Shred of Hope, an auction of one-of-a-kind "Shredder" T-shirts designed by celebrities, with 100% of the proceeds from the weeklong online auction going to New York City's Ali Forney Center for homeless and runaway LGBT youth. Custom shirts were designed by A-listers like Adam Lambert, Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, actor Alan Cumming, Bravo TV host Andy Cohen, R.E.M. front man Michael Stipe, author and activist Dan Savage and husband Terry Miller, actor Ally Sheedy, her daughter Rebecca Lansbury, New York-based rapper Njena Redd Foxxx, author and activist Keith Boykin, and many more.
The shirts, which play on the retro-inspired theme of artistically torn but high-style frocks, will be available for auction online from today through June 27. Keep reading to find a sampling of the goods available for auction — and place your bid at ShredOfHope.com.
"I participated in Shred of Hope because I had always wanted to work with the Ali Forney Center and Nasty Pig gave me the perfect opportunity to do so."
Michael Stipe is an artist, producer, and singer-songwriter. He fronted the band R.E.M. for 31 years, selling more than 100 million records and touring the world. As a film producer since 1987, he has made more than 25 feature films, including Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich and Todd Haynes's Velvet Goldmine. In the past seven years, Stipe has focused on sculpture and cross-medium work, recently including bronze, plastic, cardboard, and digital imagery. His book Fear of the Empty will be released in spring 2014 by Rizzoli. He lives in New York City.
"I wanted to participate in the Shred of Hope project for the Ali Forney Center to help raise awareness about the needs of LGBT homeless youth in New York City. I remember when I first moved to New York in 2001 and I used to see hundreds of LGBT youth on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, and then over time they mostly disappeared. Many of those young people didn't have homes or supportive families and communities to help them, and so I'm glad the Ali Forney Center exists to provide services for them. As a writer, my last book, For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough, deals with the crises facing LGBT youth of color. Supporting Ali Forney seemed like a great way to continue the outreach of the book and help raise money for a worthy cause."
Keith Boykin is a CNBC contributor, MSNBC commentator, BET columnist, and New York Times best-selling author. Each of Boykin’s four books has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, including his most recent book, For Colored Boys..., which also won the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Nonfiction this year.
Educated at Dartmouth and Harvard, Boykin attended law school with President Barack Obama and served in the White House as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, being at one time the highest-ranking openly gay person in the Clinton White House. He also helped organize and participated in the nation’s first meeting between a sitting president and LGBT leaders.
Boykin has been actively involved in progressive causes since he worked on his first congressional campaign while still a student in high school. He is a veteran of six political campaigns, including two presidential campaigns, and he was named one of the top instructors when he taught political science at American University in Washington.
Boykin has traveled extensively across four continents, and in 1997 President Clinton appointed him, along with Coretta Scott King and the Reverend Jesse Jackson, to the U.S. presidential trade delegation to Zimbabwe.
After starring on the 2004 Showtime television series American Candidate, Boykin has since appeared on numerous national media programs, including Anderson Cooper 360, The O’Reilly Factor, The Tyra Banks Show, The Montel Williams Show, Judge Hatchett, and The Tom Joyner Morning Show.
A founder and first board president of the National Black Justice Coalition, Boykin has spoken to audiences large and small all across the world. He delivered a landmark speech to 200,000 people at the Millennium March on Washington, and he gave a stirring speech about the AIDS epidemic in front of 40,000 people in Chicago’s Soldier Field in July 2006.
Boykin was an associate producer of the 2007 feature film Dirty Laundry and has recently taped a television appearance in an upcoming BET drama series.
His third book, Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies and Denial in Black America, spent four weeks on the New York Times best seller list. Boykin won the Lambda Literary Award for his second book, Respecting the Soul, and his first book, One More River to Cross, is taught in colleges and universities throughout the country.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Boykin now lives in New York City and Miami.
JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL
"I wanted my shirt to celebrate Ali Forney with a little Hedwig thrown in, cuz if she was real she would've been welcome there."
John Cameron Mitchell directed, wrote, and starred in the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), for which he was honored as best director at the Sundance Film Festival and nominated for a Golden Globe as best actor. He was executive producer of Jonathan Caouette's documentary Tarnation (2004). His sexually frank improv-based film Shortbus was released in 2006. He directed Rabbit Hole (2011), adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and starring Nicole Kidman in an Oscar-nominated performance.
He’s presently working on a stage sequel to Hedwig as well as appearing on HBO’s Girls.
"LGBT youth need us now more than ever. The more visibility we have in the world, the more LGBT youth are going to come out and be in possible vulnerable situations. As adults, we must not forget those that are coming after us; we must take care of our own."
Jake Shears is a singer and songwriter for Scissor Sisters. He has written, performed, and recorded with artists including Mark Ronson, Cher, Paul Williams, and Kylie Minogue. He can currently be heard singing on the new Queens of the Stone Age album ...Like Clockwork. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband and dog Toby and occasionally DJ's under the name Krystal Pepsi.
DUSTIN LANCE BLACK
"Every day I work hard to fulfill the promise I made to the young people in all 50 states — that they will soon enjoy full federal equality. But I know that until we reach that bright tomorrow, we must support programs like Ali Forney, to catch the young people who are suffering from intolerance, bullying and discrimination today. As Harvey Milk said, 'We gotta give 'em 'Hope.'"
Dustin Lance Black is a screenwriter, producer, director, and social activist, who won an Academy Award and two WGA Awards for best original screenplay for Milk, the biopic of the late civil rights activist Harvey Milk, starring Sean Penn. He is also a founding member of the board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which is leading the federal case against California's Proposition 8 with lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson.
In 2012, Black merged his passions with 8, a new play based on the federal Prop. 8 trial. Black’s L.A. cast included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, and John C. Reilly. The play was broadcast live and continues to break viewership records online. Hundreds of original productions are now scheduled across the United States.
DAN SAVAGE & TERRY MILLER
"I totally support the work Ali Forney has done and continues to do to support young LGBT people, giving them the means to stand up for themselves and on their own two feet." — Terry Miller
"When I learned that 40% of all homeless youth are LGBTQ, I was shocked. These kids are among the most vulnerable members of our community and they need our help. I am glad to have the opportunity to help spread awareness of this ongoing tragedy and raise money for Ali Forney Center, who are doing such good work to get these kids back on their feet."