When Adam's Nest launched the summer of 2016, Provincetown's Carnival theme was "Back to the 80s", it seemed the only thing to do were the Silence Equals Death Design Collective iconic graphic and some Gran Fury t-shirts that were omnipresent during the early days of Act Up and the AIDS crisis. Act Up is now 30 years old and the message resonates as strongly now as when the organization was founded.
We were grateful for 2016's theme as it dovetailed with something we feel passionately about. Coming out in 1985, two years before the formation of Act Up, it was a very scary time and one that impacted much of my early adulthood. Through fortuitous circumstances I became involved peripherally with PrEP and HIV prevention advocacy and one of the most rewarding things about opening shop in Provincetown is meeting its visitors from around the globe and helping ensure the message re PrEP gets out there as well as telling my version of the history of SILENCE=DEATH to a younger generation that is not fully aware of those early years of the epidemic.
In addition to the classic short sleeve silence equals death t, we have added a long sleeve version, trucker hat in flexfit and snapback versions, and two enamel pins; a pink triangle and SILENCE=DEATH version.
Adam's Nest is proud to support the Ali Forney Center in its efforts to protect LGBTQ youth with 10% of the proceeds from these items.
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A little more about SILENCE = DEATH from ACT UP New York's web site can be found here.