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American Apparel Windows Will Stay Gay


This week, hooligans targeted a couple of local American Apparel stores over the stores' prominent "Legalize Gay" T-Shirt displays. On Monday, a window at the Silver Spring location was shattered. Yesterday, an anonymous caller informed the Georgetown location that as long as "Legalize Gay" is on display, the storefronts can expect more broken glass.

American Apparel isn't scared.

Following the second threat, Silver Spring American Apparel manager Kassandra Powell told CP that the store had temporarily removed the anti-Prop-8 clothing from its window display. Last night, company spokesperson Ryan Holiday wrote in to say that "Legalize Gay" was there to stay. "The store employee misspoke about taking the display down," wrote Holiday. "[T]hose decisions get made in Los Angeles and we wouldn't want to give into something like this."

In a statement, American Apparel's Jonny Makeup made clear that the two local incidents would only strengthen its marriage equality efforts in D.C. The company will "continue to run Legalize Gay advertisements in papers across DC-Metro area," wrote Makeup. Some Washingtonians may even get some free stuff out of the deal: "We'll also send Legalize Gay t-shirts to any group in Washington DC that is fighting for gay rights,"

  • Q™

    Amanda, although this is a dupe posting of your previous story, something weird is going on. The "Gay T-Shirts In Windows A Problem For American Apparel" story is registering comments (44 and counting), but none beyond 32 are being displayed.

  • Amanda Hess

    Q, I'm happy to look into any technical problems with the comments section. Currently, that post is receiving so much traffic that the comments are taking a little longer to load than usual. On a side-note, when you want me to look into a problem for you, I would appreciate it if you didn't phrase your request in the form of an insult. Thanks.

  • Q™

    Sorry Amanda. Wasn't trying to insult you. I said "dupe" as in duplicate or similiar to an earlier posting. The previous posting is registering comments properly now, but something still doesn't seem right with the page. The Verizon ad is preventing folks from reading the articles and also taking up space not within the normal confines of ads.

  • Don’t

    I'm not sure "hooligans" is the correct term here. "Bigots" would be better.

  • MB

    I didn't see an insult. Touchy much?

  • silver spring rez

    I live in SS. If I see it happen, expect a bigot beatdown.

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