This article was published on November 17th, 2015
Transgender Day of Remembrance is coming up on Friday, November 20. To celebrate this special day, designer Jack Jackson of Alljackedup has designed a special, commemorative bow tie celebrating the achievements of activists, pioneers and heroes of the transgender, gender variant and gender non-conforming communities.
Why bowties? Formerly Bowtie Friday’s, The Ties to Love campaign is an international movement of solidarity of love and support for the gender non-conforming and trans community. Wearing a bowtie is a sign of support for the campaign.
The limited edition bowtie designed by Jack Jackson features the names of current transgender role models like actress Laverne Cox, adult film producer and performer Buck Angel, musicians Rae Spoon and Lucas Silveira and model Andreja Pejic, along with historic pioneers such as activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.
“These names are some of mine, but others may have different personal heroes,” said Jack Jackson, who founded Alljackedup for the queer, androgynous and transmasculine fashion conscious in 2014. “The important thing is that we start a conversation.”
According to research by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 41 per cent of trans people living in the U.S. have attempted or considered suicide, compared to 1.6 per cent of the general population.
“It’s not that trans people hate themselves. It’s that society makes it so difficult,” Jackson says. “The Ties to Love campaign is my way of encouraging people to wear a symbol showing their support and solidarity.”
Fifty per cent of the proceeds from the sale of the bow tie and all other Alljackedup products purchased during the week of Trans Day of Remembrance will go to Supporting Our Youth (SOY), a Toronto-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and intersex youth.
The Trans Hero and other bowties designed by Jack Jackson can be purchased online at AllJackedUp.