‘Gay’ jumper comes out of the closet: owner claims world’s first scientifically gay jumper
A man claims to have created the world’s first scientifically gay jumper – created entirely from the hair of gay people.
More than 250 gay donors’ hair was first spun into yarn and then turned into almost 20lbs of clothing.
It’s the brainchild of LGBTQ activist Jeremy Dias, 31, who came up with the idea in response to the common phrase ‘that’s so gay.’
Jeremy, from Ottawa in Alberta, Canada, hopes by creating a truly ‘gay’ object he will help eradicate the homophobic slur.
Textile artists Amelia Lyon and Brenna MacDonald were given the task of creating the jumper.
Jeremy, founder of the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, said: “It’s not only the first gay object it’s a piece of art.
“The sweater is heavy physically and metaphorically – it’s literally layered with the life of people who have donated their hair.
“Hundreds of people’s stories are is in this sweater so it’s truly an honour to do this.
“Some people said yes and others said no but people could relate to giving a piece of themselves for symbolism.
“It’s the only object in the world that is scientifically gay.
“In a workshop someone told me it was itchy – this is kind of what homophobia feels like.
“You put it on and it’s itchy at first and then I’ve warn it for a while and it gets warm and you get used to it.”