News: Performers, Saks, and Stonewall Inn Initiative Partner to Mark 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Uprising

Michael Urie. Photo provided by Spin Cycle
To honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Uprising, Saks Fifth Avenue is partnering with the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative (SIGI) and Broadway and television performers. Saks has pledged to donate at least $100,000 from sales of the "Saks
x Stonewall" capsule collection, available in select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and on Saks.com, to SIGI, the mission of which is to eliminate social intolerance of LGBTQIA+ nationally. The partnership will also feature special Fifth Avenue window installations, a digital campaign featuring members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community, and a celebration in New York City.

The collection features Pride-inspired clothing and accessories created in collaboration with designers including Alice + Olivia, Balmain, Christian Louboutin, Cinq à Sept, Jonathan Simkhai, Judith Leiber, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, and Stella
McCartney. (All items are available at Saks.com/Stonewall-Inn-50th-Anniversary/shop/_/N-52kknt/Ne-52iqfl?PA=TRUE.) Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC will display a selection of images of from the book PRIDE: Photographs After Stonewall, by Fred
W. McDarrah (OR Books), from Wednesday, June 19 until July 3. Special Stonewall-inspired window installations will also be displayed at Saks Fifth Avenue stores in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, and Brickell from June 19 through July 22. Finally, a social media campaign using the hashtag #WherePrideBegan will run through the end of June, with educational storytelling, images of the Stonewall Inn Uprising from PRIDE: Photographs After Stonewall, product images from the collection, and interviews with campaign participants.

These participants include Broadway stars include Michael Urie (Torch Song), Lea DeLaria (On The Town, The Rocky Horror Show), Isaac Cole Powell (Once on this Island), Alyson Cambridge (Rocktopia, Show Boat), Kate Bornstein (Straight White Men), Li Jun Li (South Pacific),
and Telly Leung (Aladdin, Godspell, Rent, Allegiance). Other participants include Amanda Lepore, Ames Beckerman, Celia Au, Christopher Makos, Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls), Dewayne Perkins, Dionne Warwick, Emmanuel Xavier, Hennessy Carolina, Honey Davenport (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Jonathan Fernandez, Kurt Kelly, Leyna Bloom, columnist Michael Musto, Miz Cracker (Rupaul’s Drag Race), Nico Tortorella (Younger), Stacy Lentz, Stephanie Gayle, Tree Sequoia, and HBC’s Out & About Group.

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