Designer Jack Jackson (seen here Right) founder of all Jacked up: A Toronto based fashion house dedicated to queer, andro and trans-masculine fashion is helping to raise awareness for Trans Day of Visibility (TDoV). Jack, known for their activism in the Trans community has taken it upon themself to launch a campaign they are calling Ties to Love™.
Ties to Love™ has launched a limited edition toque leading up to TDoV to raise awareness and spark conversation on the appalling discrimination the trans community faces daily.
Why is TDoV so important to Jack? Jackson, who left a very small conservative island 4 years ago, never knew any trans people, “there was no space for, or knowledge of trans people like we have in Toronto. When you’re constantly made to feel invisible, or like you don’t belong, you end up feeling like you shouldn’t. Here in Toronto, people ask me my pronoun. I can join a trans inclusive sports team, go to queer and trans inclusive socials, arts and music events. Here, I can use gender-neutral or all gender washrooms. Moving to Toronto changed my life in so many ways. I’m fortunate, I was in a position to do that, many others are not, and that is why TDoV is so crucially important – it raises awareness and ultimately, it saves lives. 41% of trans people don’t attempt suicide because they don’t like being trans, it’s due to constant societal and systemic discrimination. End of story.”
The Campaign encourages people to wear bow ties, snapbacks and now toques and post selfies to the facebook Campaign group offering messages of support and sharing their own stories with the hope to increase visibility and awareness of the diverse and unique lives of the transgender community. To date the Mayor of Toronto, the Chief of Police, Canadian band Walk off the Earth, Chase Ross, prominent UK trans activists Fox Fisher, Jake Graf and Lewis Hancox, and local activist Dr Alex Abramovich have all showed their support for the Campaign. To learn more about “Ties to Love™” or to order a toque, visit alljackedup.ca
Alljackedup will be donating 10% from all sales of all of their products during March to the YMCA Sprott House in Toronto. The YMCA Sprott House is Canada’s first LGBTQ transitional housing program and the result of a decade of tireless work by a local advocate for homeless LGBTQ youth, Dr Alex Abramovich.
Co-Written & photo’s provided by Jack Jackson of alljackedup.ca