The Marsha P. Johnson T-shirt by Pyer Moss' Exist to Resist

Pyer Moss on Saturday will launch the third installment of “Exist to Resist,” this time in partnership with the Marsha P. Johnson Institute for Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The limited-edition, genderless T-shirt, retailing for $100 exclusively on the Pyer Moss web site, features an image of Johnson, the activist, self-identified drag queen and prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising in 1969, as well as the words “legendary” and “alive” across the back of the shirt. Proceeds will be donated to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.

“A part of our role as creatives in this world is to observe and listen to those who are identifying and challenging the ills that plague our present and our future,” said Pyer Moss founder Kerby Jean-Raymond in a statement. “The Marsha P. Johnson Institute stood out to us as an organization that is protecting and defending the basic human rights of Black transgender people and we see it as our job to support them and amplify their voices rather than speak for them.”

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute is a nonprofit human rights organization supporting and uplifting the voices of Black transgender people and defending the human rights of Black transgender people.

Johnson initially went by the name “Black Marsha” before being referred to as Marsha P. Johnson, with the “P” standing for “pay it no mind.” Johnson was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and cofounded activist group S.T.A.R., or Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries with Sylvia Rivera.

Marsha P Johnson Institute founder and executive director Elle Hearns in the Marsha P. Johnson T-shirt by Pyer Moss

Marsha P. Johnson Institute founder and executive director Elle Hearns in the Marsha P. Johnson T-shirt by Pyer Moss.  Courtesy Photo

“We are honored to collaborate with a strong Black fashion house, led by Kerby Jean-Raymond, a visionary who sees the world in Black. Together, with Pyer Moss, we are amplifying Black trans voices and the issues affecting our community,” said Elle Hearns, the founder and executive director of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute. “As we reflect on the lives of Black trans people during International Transgender Day of Remembrance, the word ‘Alive,’ printed on the back of the limited-edition T should serve as a reminder to everyone to love, humanize and celebrate people while they are still here.”

Prior to this partnership, Exist to Resist supported the Innocence Project, and more recently Rock the Vote with T-shirts that first debuted at the brand’s Kings Theatre runway show in September 2019.

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