Props to Friends for helping LGBTQ young people.
Warner Bros. Television, in collaboration with the website Prop Store, is auctioning more than 100 costumes, props, authorized reproductions, and production materials from the 10 seasons of the popular sitcom. Proceeds will benefit the Trevor Project, the nation's largest organization dedicated to suicide prevention of LGBTQ youth.
Items in the auction, timed to the 25th anniversary of Friends, include Joey's stuffed penguin, Joey and Chandler's wooden canoe (with paddles!), a reproduction of the orange couch from Central Perk, 10 replicas of Monica's door frame, and the wedding invitation set from Monica and Chandler's nuptials.
The auction runs December 3 to 17 at PropStore.com/Friends. It coincides with Giving Tuesday, an international day of charity after Thanksgiving that kicks off the holiday season. Each item comes with a certificate of authenticity from Warner Bros.
“Prop Store is thrilled to be working with Warner Bros. to auction some incredible material from all 10 seasons of Friends,” Brandon Alinger, Prop Store's COO, told The Hollywood Reporter. “The series gave us so many laughs during its original run and continues to entertain and inspire fans around the world.”
Friends, which aired from 1994 to 2004 on NBC, had no LGBTQ leads — and in fact, has received some retrospective criticism for its (many) gay jokes. However, the sitcom was co-created by a gay man, David Crane (Episodes), alongside ally Marta Kauffman (Grace and Frankie), and included a milestone in TV history. In 1996, a decade before nationwide marriage equality, Friends featured one of the first same-sex marriages in mainstream media, when Ross’s ex-wife wed her partner.
Friends revolved a group of pals in New York City: Ross (David Schwimmer), Monica (Courteney Cox), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston). The series, now streaming on Netflix before its move to HBO Max, is ranked among the greatest TV shows ever made and remains in the cultural zeitgeist.