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The Extraordinary Gay Legacy of one Message

In the seismic wake of Gen. Michael Flynn’s guilty plea for lying to the FBI and the continuing fallout of his cooperation with Robert Mueller’s investigation, theOUTfront wanted to post a message to the White House.

And the perfect image came to mind. 

It was one we remembered seeing somewhere? It was both brilliantly on point and utterly fabulous.  We just had to find it, which admittedly is not so difficult when one knows what to search for.

But we had no idea of the gay legacy and uncanny foreshadowing we would discover associated with the iconic picture.  In an article on Slate.com by Stephen Vider, he recounts how an ACTUP protest outside of Trump Tower in 1989 was the inspiration for the costume and message.

“On Oct. 31, 1989, roughly 100 protesters from the AIDS activist group ACT UP New York descended on Trump Tower at 5th Avenue and 56th Street. One protester, dressed as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, waved a sign demanding, “Surrender Donald.” ACT UP was in a fight for the lives of people with HIV and AIDS, striking out against government indifference and corporate greed. And they saw Trump for what he was: a monster in the making.”

(Photo credit: Ronny Viggiani as Dorothy by Lee Snider 10/31/1989)

(Is it just us or does the guy standing behind Dorothy look a lot like Don Jr.?)

Stephen Vider’s article is an absolutely fascinating read!  It is both a wonderful tribute to the brilliance and tenacity of ACTUP’s street theatre style of protesting and a chilling look at the antecedents of Trumpism.

Read the full article via Slate.com HERE

And there’s no time like the present to spread the message!

We found T-shirts HERE

 

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