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FagSigns is neon signage company serving the LGBTQ community as well as all those feeling marginalized in a problematic world.
FagSigns is neon signage company serving the LGBTQ community as well as all those feeling marginalized in a problematic world.
115 backers pledged $26,967 to help bring this project to life.

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We Did it! We made our goal. Thank you to Everyone! 

*NEW STRETCH GOAL* If we can hit $30,000 we will offer a third color option. Classic Purple Argon! Let’s do this together! 

"Madame of Neon" self portrait
"Madame of Neon" self portrait

FagSigns was born from the desire to reclaim my words, our words, your words and electrify them physically as well as metaphorically. The company is a neon outlet specializing in personalized words and phrases in addition to everything fabulous. We want to take on projects that create visibility and work with clients that support the LGBTQ+ ecosystem while simultaneously creating economic empowerment. 

The dream is to start an apprenticeship program. This program will see an intake of those who might face barriers in the traditional job market and provide pathways to meaningful work and broader opportunities. The primary mission of this initiative is to afford individuals the ability to skill up and work in a creative environment while receiving support for transportation, community lunches, and a living wage in New York City. It is easy to take care of your staff if they matter to you. 

The first annual Queer Calendar is special because it is full of amazing people and dates that are important to the LGBTQ+ community. The hope is that this tangible collection of inspiration lands in the hands of a young person that will know they are valued, special, and matter in this world. When I was coming out Matthew Shepard was brutally attacked for being gay and lost his life. Ellen Degeneres was losing her job for making the decision to come out while on network television. What kind of world was I coming out to? I want the next generation to see how amazing our community is, and to see that they can do anything and be anything. 

Our “What’s Your Word?” campaign is simple. We are asking the world...What word do you want to liberate? Think of your word, count up the number of letters in that word, find the corresponding patronage level, and we will hand bend and electrify it for you. Choose whether you want it in classic blue or classic red, on black plexiglass to hang on your wall or clear plexiglass for your window. 

Don’t worry you don't need to tell us now, we will send a survey at the end. Each sign comes with a transformer pre-wired with proper label and voltage for your destination country. 

The Stars of our Kickstarter Video. 

Micah Alston - @loyaalteee - Finance - Sueños, Jen Atalla - @jenatalla - Video Producer - Bitch, Corey Camperchioli - @femmethefilm - Actor/Writer -Femme, Deborah Czeresko - @dczeey - Artist/Glassblower/Craftswoman - Invisible, Matthew Day Perez - @thesunishotterhere - Artist/Educator - Family, Brita Filter - @thebritafilter - Drag Queen - Sissy, Sarah Han - @srahaha - Asst. Director @MartosGallery - Banana, Adam Henry - Student - Poofter, Kate Hush - @katehush - Madame of Neon - Lady Killer, Jasmine Rice LaBeija - @jasminericenyc - Drag Queen - Fantasy, Thomas Page Mcbee - @thomaspagemcbee - Writer - Amateur, Kyle Parent - @kypee - Salon Manager - Queer, Travis B. Renz - @tbrenz6 - Chef/Food Policy - Loved, Natalia Reyes - @cocotough - Glass Sales/Educator - Pa’lante, Bryce Turgeon - @florencedlee - Fashion Designer - Flamer

Special Thanks to:

Brooklyn Glass - @brooklynglass , Precision Neon - @precisionneon, Pioneer Works - @pioneerworks, Goose Barnacle - @goosebarnacle, Dorie Guthrie - @a_doria_able, Stephanie Lifshutz - @stephanie_sara_lif

Video Filmed & Edited by the incredibly talented Kyle Mickelson 

Produced by Matthew Day Perez (RISD GL 2010)

Music by Tristan Norton & Martin Kottmeier, The Funk

Risks and challenges

We are called FagSigns. There may be an allergy to our name and that’s ok. We are devising dynamic and new models to continue to do what we love. The calendar is one of these devices. We hope the sales from this periodical will shelter the apprentice program, so even in lean times we can continue to support and train our staff.

We have made the decision to reduce the costs to make an otherwise inaccessible medium accessible. This model only works if we can initially move a large quantity.

We hope each patron backs us in earnest and we will do everything imaginable to make the neon sign of their dreams, but if we feel uncomfortable with the word or phrase they have chosen we may need to issue a refund. FagSigns supports everyone's freedom of expression.

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    The Queer Calendar

    The first annual calendar celebrates important folks that have shaped queer history as well as meaningful milestones. Every month highlights one of the amazing stars featured in the Kickstarter Video with their word and what it means to them.

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    FS Tote Bag!

    FagSigns tote bag & The Queer Calendar!

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    Neon Sign 2-4 letters

    A neon sign with 2-4 letters! You select the word, decide black plexiglass for the wall or clear plexiglass for the window, and finally classic red or classic blue. Spaces and symbols count as a letter. Accents are part of the letter and do not count toward the total number of letters. (50% off retail price)

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    Neon Sign 5-6 letters

    A neon sign with 5-6 letters! You select the word, decide black plexiglass for the wall or clear plexiglass for the window, and finally classic red or classic blue. Spaces and symbols count as a letter. Accents are part of the letter and do not count toward the total number of letters. (50% off retail price)

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    Neon Sign 7-8 letters

    A neon sign with 7-8 letters! You select the word, decide black plexiglass for the wall or clear plexiglass for the window, and finally classic red or classic blue. Spaces and symbols count as a letter. Accents are part of the letter and do not count toward the total number of letters. (50% off retail price)

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    Neon Sign 9-10 letters

    A neon sign with 9-10 letters! You select the word, decided black plexiglass for the wall or clear plexiglass for the window, and finally classic red or classic blue. Spaces and symbols count as a letter. Accents are part of the letter and do not count toward the total number of letters. (50% off retail price)

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    Neon Sign 11-12 letters

    A neon sign with 11-12 letters! You select the word, decide black plexiglass for the wall or clear plexiglass for the window, and finally classic red or classic blue. Spaces and symbols count as a letter. Accents are part of the letter and do not count toward the total number of letters. (50% off retail price)

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    Founders Wall

    Your name on our founders wall as well as a phrase of your choosing in neon. Maximum 25 letters. Choose either classic red or classic blue, on either black plexiglass for the wall or clear plexiglass for the window, phrase will be stacked. Shipping will be arranged once the work is completed.

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    Wall of Neon

    Your name on the founders wall, in neon, and a wall of neon for your home or business. We will work with you on your design and execute it in the wide array of colors available. This wall of neon can also be gifted to a foundation or community center of your choice. We want to take on meaningful and visible projects and this is just the beginning! Shipping will be arranged after the work is completed.

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