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- Queer Owned in Rural Georgia: Meet SQNF's Screen Printers
Many queer people face similar hardships, but having a queer owned business in rural Georgia has it’s own set of highs and lows. Meet Laura Mae and Ollie. They are the owners of Bad Dog Creative Foundry in Dahlonega, Georgia and the badass women who print and design most of our apparel at So Queer No Fear. First of all, let’s just say their family is #goals. Laura Mae and Ollie have a beautiful partnership in raising the cutest little boy I’ve ever met alongside his best friend Homer the blind cat. Together, they enjoy growing their ever increasing brood of plants and having amazing hiking adventures (yes, even the cat is an expert trailblazer). Being openly queer in rural Georgia has been a grab bag of experiences. Dahlonega itself seems to be a safe haven—they have even been celebrated in their local newspaper for running a queer owned business. However, once they step foot outside city lines, things can get dicey. Ollie shares stories of them having been ‘encouraged’ to get their barbecue plates to-go (when they had every intention of dining in) and have even been stalked maliciously while shopping at Goodwill. One thing that brings them comfort while exploring the Southeast is the little rainbow flag on storefronts. Laura Mae describes the sticker as a sign that “somebody’s got your back.” They agree that some of the best ways allies (and LGBTQ+ folx) can support the queer community is by buying from queer owned business, especially things your purchase regularly like beer or soap. As the founder, I love that Laura Mae and Ollie get to the heart of what So Queer No Fear means. Laura Mae says the word queer is “about community. It’s an umbrella term to describe all types of people.” That’s exactly why I first fell in love with the word. It was the first place that I felt included. It seemed to bring the separate ‘letters’ of LGBT under one roof where it was finally cool for lesbians to hang out with trans folx and gays to accept bisexuals and for genderqueer, aromatic, pansexual, and so many other identities to be part of the party. More than that, queer was the first label that helped me communicate who I am without it feeling like a rigid definition. As Ollie describes the term, it “can mean just about anything. You don’t have to have the details of it, but you have that immediate feeling of community and inclusion.” We know that in today’s world, living without fear is impossible. Instead, we push forward in spite of fear. We are strong. So many of us have been bullied as adolescents, kicked out of our homes as young teens, discriminated against at work, denied healthcare, dealt with daily microaggressions, and even been stalked or attacked simply for loving others and ourselves. So no, we cannot live without fear. We live in spite of fear. It is in our community that we find solace. There, we can shed the weight of fear. For every friend, colleague, employer, family member, and distant acquaintance who has said, “I support you,” I breathed a sigh of relief. The world is changing. Sometimes it feels like one step forward and two steps back. But there is always a storm before the rainbow. At So Queer No Fear, we hope to be that sigh of relief. If you need support, we are here. Please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Instagram @soqueernofear . Remember: you are loved, you are valid, and you are never alone.
- Not All Fabric is Created Equal: Why Airlume and Ringspun Cotton is the Best
Ever wonder what it is about your favorite tee that makes it better than the rest? How can one tee be so much softer and comfier than another when they're both made from cotton? We've got answers for you. We use a variety of fabrics in our tees, but the main one is cotton - specifically 100% Airlume combed and ringspun cotton. Spoiler alert: it's the softest around! To understand why it's, we'll walk you through the different types of cotton (from worst to best) and how they're made. As you'll see, there's levels to this ish! Carded-Open End is easily the worst type of cotton. It feels a bit like a burlap bag. Remember, cotton is a plant, so remaining impurities like soil and plant matter can make it feel rough. Ringspun cotton refers to the way cotton is spun into long strands of yarn. While these strands make soft tees possible, impurities are still embedded into the strands. These rough strands make for difficult printing conditions and fuzzy graphics. An itchy tee AND a messed up graphic design? No thanks! That’s where combed and ringspun cotton comes in. Here, the cotton is first combed to remove impurities and then spun into yarn. Many manufacturers settle for ringspun cotton because removing impurities leaves you with a smaller yield of cotton and therefore drives up prices. However, the comfort and softness you get is well worth the money! Airlume combed and ringspun cotton takes it a step further. The combing process is even more serious, removing a whopping 25% of the raw cotton. The process also uses longer staples of cotton meaning there are less stray fibers. The bottom line is Airlume combed and ringspun cotton is the softest cotton around! We are proud to use this fabric in most of our tees. Next time you're shopping for a tee, make sure you check out the fabric composition. Feel the difference for yourself in our So Queer V Neck, Naturally Queer Ringer Tee, TheyThem Tee, and So Queer Hooded Long Sleeve.
- Get to Know So Queer No Fear: Who We Are, What We Stand For, and What We Make
We are So Queer No Fear, a team of proudly queer individuals, working to offer pride central apparel for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, across all gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and body types. We give these underrepresented people a chance to be seen, be proud, and to be authentically themselves. Our founder and fearless leader is Kalyn Hardman: an actress, dancer and writer. In 2019, she dreamt up the idea of creating clothes that proudly expressed her queer identity with a wider swath of symbols than rainbows and neon colors. What came from this concept was So Queer No Fear in late 2019. We wanted to develop a fashion-centric wiki of symbolism to represent not just the flags we proudly wave, but also our history and the deep intersectionality that queer culture embodies for so many of us. Our team incorporates symbolism from across our histories - from Sappho to Oscar Wilde. We are constantly searching and researching the morals and beliefs from which queer culture stems. So Queer No Fear is dedicated to helping people of the pride community feel authentically themselves in apparel that celebrates a broad spectrum of sexualities and gender identities. SQNF validates these identities and develops pride around them. Be seen. Be proud. Be authentically yourself.