Bearded Shirts • Purple Hand
What is the Purple Hand Project?
October 31, 1969: one of the most visible demonstrations against gay oppression happened!
In response to a series of news articles disparaging LGBT people by the San Francisco Examiner, 60 men from the GLF and the SIR joined in peaceful protest. The Examiner employees retaliated and dumped a bag of purple printer ink onto the crowd. The protesters used the Examiner’s ink to their favor and wrote ‘Gay Power' and other slogans on the building walls and stamped purple hand prints throughout downtown San Francisco.
Then the tactical squad arrived – not to get the employees who dumped the ink, but to arrest the demonstrators. The accounts of police brutality were numerous, men and women assaulted, being thrown to the ground, and teeth were knocked out. This event has come to be known as the Bloody Friday of the Purple Hand.
Why make it a project?
With today’s continuing surge of political unrest and oppression of our civil rights, a stronger symbol with a powerful history is needed to represent the community ... the Purple Hand.
The Purple Hand personifies the passion and dedication of our brothers and sisters who have fought so valiantly for the ground we have today.
The fight is not over.
The Project will grow organically to meet the challenged by first looking to our history for inspiration and strength.
Printed on a super soft t-shirt with a distressed look to it to give it that vintage look and feel.
- Semi Fitted
- 4.5 oz. pre-shrunk 30/1 singles
- 100% ring spun cotton
- Tubular construction
- Shoulder-to-shoulder tape and seamed collar
- Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem
- TearAway label
- Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Certified