Give strangers a [better] reason to stare at your chest. Be a walking billboard for equality. Bring back the saying "that's what's up."
I'm Sam and I'm the guy behind It's Pronounced Metrosexual (click those words, or these, to learn more, or just scroll down). But right now let's focus on the adorably technical flowchart you see below.
Gay isn't a bad word, folks. But it gets used that way so often people feel uncomfortable using it correctly. As much as it'd be wonderful to say that homophobia is an issue of the past, it's not. Let's continue reteaching our society what it means to be gay.
I created the flowchart above to be shared on Facebook and printed for wall hangings, but then someone had the brilliant idea that it should be a T-Shirt. Below is what that shirt will look like. Bask in it. That's what we're here for, after all!
The successful funding of this project will allow me to add this shirt/poster to the inventory at www.themetrostore.com, effectively doubling what we have to offer!
The shirt will be hand-printed in Austin, TX on an American Apparel 2001 100% Jersey Cotton unisex T-Shirt. It's a one-color (white) design for now (cost), but I will begin adding additional colors as we blow past the project goal and can order more shirts (less cost).
Someone commented about the graphic "This should be in every school everywhere." And I thought, yes, it should. So here we are. Let's see if we can do that!
If this project is successful, I'll be able to get an initial run of the shirts and posters, and be able to provide them for sale on my website.
I wanted to do a $10 reward that would allow backers to give me a school's address and have a poster printed and mailed there, but that's not allowed. But if this project is successful, I'll offer that as a service on my website for all of eternity.
Pledge $30 and you can pick your shirt style and color (international shipping add $8). Below are a few suggestions I like, but I'd even more so recommend using your imagination and browsing the American Apparel inventory. Any of the adult t-shirts (including v-necks and tanks) are fair game, provided they're in stock when I make my order.
Just remember: the design will be printed in white ink, so choose the color of the shirt carefully.
It's Pronounced Metrosexual is a one-man comedy show and blog about snap judgments, identity, and oppression. I perform the show at colleges around the country, and write articles about social justice, sexuality, and gender, as well as the occasional op-ed piece or edugraphic, when I'm at home in Austin.
It's still new, both the show (newish) and the articles/blog (newer), and it's ever a work in progress. I like to say that I'm crowd-sourcing equality, because so many of the pieces I've created have been the sum total of the input of dozens of brilliant folks. But what I'm really doing is creating resources that help people help other people be better people to all people.
If you're unfamiliar with Kickstarter, let me give you the lowdown. First off, and most importantly, Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" funding platform, meaning that if I don't reach my goal ($1500) I will receive no funding ($0) and you will be charged nothing ($0). This is handy because it ensures that project creators set goals for exactly what they need to make a project happen (woohoo!).
If you "back" my project [I will be eternally grateful], when the project deadline is over you will be sent a survey asking for your shirt size and address. Don't fret when it doesn't pop up when you back the project. Be patient, grasshopper.
If you back this project, spread the word, or do both, I will be whole-heartedly and open-armsedly thankful. In the past few months I've learned that the It's Pronounced Metrosexual readership and Kickstarter community are amazing. Thank you for being part of one or the other or both.
I seriously love what I do. If you twisted my arm really hard and asked me to complain, but then made a rule that I can't complain about the arm twisting, the only complaint I would have is that my career choice so far has been tantamount to choosing to be poor. I make cute graphics and I make college students laugh and think, even if that means I barely make rent. Little things like this make it all happen.
Finally, one more thanks to all of the fabulous readers and commenters on the site, Bob Black in particular, for pushing me to keep improving.
Nope! I really appreciate the support I've received on the site from my neighbors to the north, so I'll cover the additional shipping cost (it's minimal, so it's okay).
pledged of $1,500 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 9, 2012.
May 14, 2012 - Jun 9, 2012
Pledge $1 or more
I'll send you some love. I can do this telepathically or through Twitter or other social media. Just not physically. Gross. Actually, if you're in Austin, then I'll physically high-five the heck out of you. Seriously, you'll be heck-free.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Signed 11 X 17 "I want to say gay!" Poster, printed on heavy-duty awesome fancy poster paper. (I don't have to sign it if you'd rather have it untainted) **Internat'l Shipping add $8** (but I still might sign the back... really small...)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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ONE T-Shirt **Internat'l Shipping add $8**Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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7 backers Limited (8 of 15 left)
One CUSTOM Shirt: choose color/style from American Apparel inventory, and I'll print the design on it. (the design will be printed in white, so pick a dark color... unless you want it to be a secret)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $34 or more
COMBO: $10 Send a Poster to a School + $24 Get a T-Shirt for yourself = $34 of you're an awesome person, and you can prove it by pointing at your chest. **Internat'l Shipping add $16**Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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TWO T-Shirts (save $10) **Internat'l Shipping add $16**Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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THREE T-Shirts (save $20) **Internat'l Shipping add $24**Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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FOUR T-Shirts (save $30) **Internat'l Shipping add $30**Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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STU ORG PACKAGE: 5 shirts, 1 poster, and an assortment of printed IPM Edugraphics, and I'll sign anything and everything you want. **Internat'l Shipping add $36**Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $100 or more
SIX T-Shirts, CUSTOMIZE one (save $50) **Internat'l Shipping add $36**Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (3 of 3 left)
Full coverage advertisements (every ad space on the site) on both www.itspronouncedmetrosexual.com and www.themetrostore.com for an entire month, highlighting you as the emperor of sponsors, as well as 5 shirts, or more than 5 if you really want them. Email me. We can talk details.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012