Queer artist relaunches Irish Gay Rights Movement merchandise to support sexual health services

The fantastic t-shirts will raise funds for an important project to support essential sexual health services.

A man pulling back his leather jacket to reveal a t-shirt reading Irish Gay Rights Movement and a picture of a telephone

Irish artist Brian Teeling has relaunched his range of incredible Irish Gay Rights Movement t-shirts with funds raised going towards a project supporting sexual health services for the LGBT+ community.

Brian had originally produced a limited run of the Irish Gay Rights Movement t-shirts before in aid of Gay Switchboard. When the range proved to be popular, the artist knew he could use the range to raise money for another worthy cause.

Brian shared, “I was surprised to see that they were still doing the rounds. In fact, what inspired me to remake them was someone on Twitter posting a photo of them wearing it to a ‘rainbow day’ in work. I retweeted the photo and got a lot of requests to make them available.”

Brian is no stranger to using clothing to both highlight and raise funds for issues affecting the community. In 2018, he created fan wear inspired by the Gay Bohs – the gay fans of the Bohemian Football Club, with proceeds going to the Bohs and BeLonG To.

An Irish Gay Rights Movement t-shirt

As all of his creations share important messages, what was the inspiration for this particular range?

“For me, these t-shirts are emblematic of what Pride should be. A celebration of our community and its history, not the empty gesture of rainbow capitalism. There are too many organisations and companies that use our symbol for their own gain. They combine the Pride flag with their own logo, taking ownership of the message and using it for market capital and social virtue while doing nothing to support the community year-round.

“The intent with these t-shirts is to remind ourselves where we come from. What our forebears have lived through in order for our community to have the recognition it currently has. To have a Pride t-shirt that doesn’t have a rainbow on it.”

If you would like to support a great cause, you can preorder one of the t-shirts at Brian’s website.

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