September 06, 2004
HRC and American Fashion Community Join Forces to Encourage Voter Participation in November Election
NEW YORK - Who says government and fashion don't mix? While the fashion world has stood up for many causes and issues, it seems American designers have usually stayed out of the political fray. But in September 2004, as part of Olympus Fashion Week, the Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest bipartisan gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, and a slew of fashion designers, models and celebrities will launch the American fashion community's Pledge to Vote initiative, promoting voter registration throughout the fashion industry.
Top American designers Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Kenneth Cole, John Bartlett, Patrick Robinson and Jerry Kaye for Perry Ellis and Alice Roi, among others, have lent their support in various ways to HRC's program, such as visiting HRC's Pledge to Vote booth at the Olympus Fashion Week tents.
The Pledge to Vote slogan, "Love is Everywhere," emphasizes HRC's mission of seeking equality forthe issues that affect the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community such as employment fairness and marriage rights for same-sex couples. Many of the participating designers have created limited-edition t-shirts, emblazoned with the campaign motto, that will be sold exclusively through HRC's website to benefit HRC. "Love is Everywhere" buttons will be distributed to everyone who pledges to vote.
HRC President Cheryl A. Jacques said, "Unity is one of the most important tools in the fight for equality. The combined force of fashion industry leaders and the Human Rights Campaign is very powerful, and we hope to make an impact with this vital initiative."
Fern Mallis, executive director of 7th on Sixth, IMG added, "The fashion industry has always been supportive of HRC's agenda, and we're especially pleased this season to be able to help provide a platform supporting voter registration."
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.