Celebs Create Shredder Tees to Benefit Homeless LGBT Youth

By: Brandon Voss

Gay owned and operated in NYC's Chelsea ’hood, edgy menswear label Nasty Pig is launching Shred of Hope, a fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center, which provides housing and resources for homeless LGBT youth.

Taking place entirely online from June 20 through June 27 at ShredofHope.com, Shred of Hope is an auction of one-of-a-kind “shredder” T-shirts — you know, the ones that show off your arms and sideboob? — created by celebrities and other notable members of the LGBT community. All of the proceeds from Shred of Hope will support Ali Forney Center.

"When we started thinking about Shred of Hope we were looking for a way to have an impact in the lives of the young people the Ali Forney Center serves," says David Lauterstein, CEO of Nasty Pig. "Not just by raising money — although we certainly hope that people will bid generously on the one-of-a-kind pieces of art our celebrity designers have created — but also by creating something that could connect some of the prominent, successful people in our community with these kids who are in great need. By supporting the Ali Forney Center, everyone who bids on a Shred of Hope shirt is supporting the next generation of LGBT creativity and activism."

Shredder designers include Michael Stipe, Keith Boykin, John Cameron Mitchell, Jake Shears, Ally Sheedy, Alan Cumming, Bob Mould, Scott Lope, Rebecca Lansbury, Phil Jimenez, Mr. Mickey Boardman, Mike Ruiz, Kalup Linzy, Joe Jervis, Jeff Whitty, JD Samson, Isis King, Eve Salvail, DJ Paulo, Chris Bilal, Casey Spooner, and Carl Siciliano. Yeah, Bravo's Andy Cohen just made a regular T-shirt. He doesn’t need to follow the rules. Who gonna check him, boo?

Watch a video about the Shred of Hope fundraiser below.