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Mission

 

Qwear is a community platform that is raising LGBTQIA+ voices in fashion.

 

Why queer fashion?

We believe that fashion is integral to our health and survival as queer people. As certain queer identities become normalized within white and cis spaces, we aim to keep our community united in our fight for liberation by coming together on a single platform. By elevating the voices of our more marginalized members, we hope to allow those with more access to power the chance to learn from and fight for the existence of those who have been silenced.

Every Qwear feature insists upon the beauty of queer bodies and expression. The increased risk that queer people face and the intersection of identity and expression creates a situation in which art and fashion thrive. Our expression is integral to forming our identities in a society which constantly acts to erase us. Our fight for visibility is what makes queer fashion so sophisticated and layered.

History of Qwear

Qwear was founded in 2011 by trans rights activist Sonny Oram, and has since grown to include a team of creatives spanning the United States, as well as contributors from around the world.

What we do

Publish Content: We publish regular content from our team and members of the community on our website and social media. Content includes answering readerโ€™s style โ€œQwearies,โ€ as well as documenting our expression through style profiles, interviews, events, commentary, and personal pieces. We elevate independent brands and designersreview clothing, and educate the mainstream fashion industry about queer identities. Our community pieces bring together those of us whose stories are too often erased, such as femmes of color and plus size androgynous expression. Our editorials showcase projects and events happening within the queer fashion sphere.

Host Fashion Shows: Weโ€™ve produced several fashion installations and shows. In 2015, Dismantle Me explored the vibrant interaction between traditional fashion aesthetic and the queer experience. Dismantle Me appeared in Queer Fashion Week, Oakland, April 2015; Rainbow Fashion Week, New York, June 2015; and VERGE at Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Fashion Week, October 2015. Our Femme Desire show was a site-specific fashion installation at Bostonโ€™s Institute of Contemporary Art on October 7th, 2016 that exposed the limits within which fashion designers and society put on the expression of femininity.

Throw pre-loved clothing pop-up events: Our pre-loved clothing pop-up events in Boston bring the community together while helping people find their next favorite outfit. Proceeds from clothing sales go towards our mission to increase LGBTQIA+ expression. See upcoming events here.

Who we are

We are a group of volunteers passionate about saving and improving the lives of LGBTQIA+ people around the globe. We rely on community support to keep running. Become a patron on Patreon.

How you can get involved

Press Quotes

โ€œQwear provides a crucial platform for the marginalized and too often victimized members of the LGBTQ community. As queer individuals grow into their true identities, Qwear can be used as a trusted guide and safe space for all.โ€ โ€” Moxie

โ€œQwear has evolved into an online community center: a safe haven for folks to talk, play around with fashion, see and be seen.โ€ โ€” DESIGN*SPONGE

What Readers Are Saying

โ€œQwear was (& still is!) so important in helping me figure out my nonbinary transmasc identity. Thank you for creating a space that makes room for all the beautiful ways people can do genderโ€ โ€” Anonymous

โ€œQwear has shown me a huge variety of subcultures, aesthetics, and expressions within a world that I had initially thought was very narrow!โ€ โ€” Karen Lowe

โ€œFor our son to see a community that acts as both a mirror and a window to who is and who he may become is essential to his developing sense of self.โ€ โ€” Tracey

โ€œQwear has given me an opportunity to connect with people on a deeper level โ€” to better understand their stories and the ways in which their stories align with and diverge from my own. As a result, Iโ€™m able to develop empathy, hold and process complexity, and grow my capacity to develop safe and meaningful relationships.โ€ โ€” Anna Rae

STATEMENT CREDITS

Rupi, Qwear Fashion Director
Courtney Stirn, Qwear Writer
Sharon Reidbord
Tim Wilfong
Elizabeth Kingfield
Rachel Lee, LOUD: New Orleans Queer Youth Theater๏ปฟ