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Tribe Clothing Company
Tribe Clothing Company is a LGBTQ tshirt company designed to spread throughout the world a movement that allows members of the LGBTQ community, along with allies, to see the faces of others like them on the street, out in the world. By wearing Tribe designs featuring the nautical star, they are showing those "in the know" that you are a part of their community.
Why the nautical star? In the 1940's and 1950's many lesbians and gays would get a nautical star tattooed on their wrist to advertise to others that they were lesbian or gay. When they didn't want the tattoo to be seen (at work, school), they would place a wrist watch over it. This was documented in the lesbian classic, "Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community" by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis and discussion continues today as to the symbolism the star represents to lesbians and gays.