The Meaning, Vision, and Mission Behind Vintage Gay

Vintage Gay is more than just a clothing brand – it represents a long and hard-fought movement, and the courage and pride from which it transpired. 


The History
Vintage Gay celebrates the LGBTQIA pioneers. Their relentless pursuit of equality and love have fostered the community we live in today. We do our best to pay homage to all historic trailblazers who spoke out, pushed boundaries, and advocated on behalf of LGBTQIA rights. 

The stories of the past are woven into our clothing. Our designs are hand-printed on retro-fit tees with tubular bodies, and our artwork is inspired by vintage buttons and sayings from protest posters.



The Founders
With a mission to honor past LGBTQIA pioneers and continue their vision, three small brands came together in December 2019 to form Vintage Gay. Vintage Gay is from the collective, creative minds of Leisha Hailey, Filth Mart and a.Kartel.


The Movement
No matter who we love or what our gender identity or expression is, we should all feel physically safe and be legally protected from discrimination and harassment. To help achieve cultural humility through advocacy, we support non-profits who mirror our mission. When you make a purchase, a minimum of 15% of total net sales of the Vintage Gay line gets donated to the ACLU’s LGBT Rights Project.