It's OK to be Gay by Outpatch
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Designed by Bridget Coleman (@bridget_coleman), our Pride line of patches benefits people fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Bridget’s inspiration for this design:
“This design started out as a doodle almost a year ago when I finally started watching The L Word. Queer media and art have helped me accept and love my sexuality. I grew up thinking maybe it wasn’t ok for me to be gay, although I felt it was ok for others. So this design was self-validating and a reminder to anyone else that needs to hear it, that it’s ok to be gay! Don’t let society, a close-minded community, or any being anywhere tell you otherwise.”
Peel and stick embroidered patch (NO iron or sewing necessary)
Dimensions: 2.5” diameter circle
Our humanitarian patches support communities in crisis, places in the world most don’t travel to.
*A portion of the proceeds are donated to supporting LGBTQ refugees and to the artist that designed this patch - #patcheswithpurpose
If applying your patch to a new clothing item be sure to pre-wash the item beforehand (without fabric softener).
Peel off the paper backing behind the patch and lightly apply it onto your preferred item. You can still move the patch around at this point to get the right positioning.
Once the placement is juuuust right apply firm pressure, preferably using a hard object, to all areas of the patch (especially the edges). Pressure is the key factor for a strong bond!
To seal the bond, blow a hair dryer to the backside of the patch through the fabric for 10-15 minutes, or directly onto the patch if on a non-fabric item. For fabric items you can also throw them in the dryer for 15 minutes on low heat to seal the bond.
Wait 72 hours before machine washing and wash separately from other clothing when washing for the first time. Turn patched garment inside out before washing/drying and do not dry on hot setting.
While the adhesive backing on the patch is designed to stick specifically to wearables (including leather) and other fabric materials, you can also place your patches on non-fabric items such as a laptop, phone case, journal, and so on. However, Outpatch only recommends applying patches to those items if you are ok with a permanent application. For these kinds of items remember to apply heat with a hair dryer for at least 10-15 minutes to seal the bond. Of course be sure that the item you're applying the patch to can withstand the heat as well!
Outpatch donates a set portion of each patch sale to a community-based nonprofit supporting the place or cause that patch represents.
When selecting nonprofit partners, their aim is to ensure funds end up with the people best positioned to decide how to positively impact their communities. This means they look for nonprofits that are led by members of the community they serve because surprisingly little is invested in them.