- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In an effort to combat homophobic language, the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) has created a sweater it’s showcasing at Toronto Fashion Week that has been knitted from the donated hair of more than 1,000 LGBT individuals.

The organization is calling the sweater “the world’s first and only 100% gay object.”

“The idea for the sweater was born from a desire to educate and encourage everyone to use ‘gay’ the correct way,” CCGSD Director Jeremy Dias told the Huffington Post U.K.

“We want the conversation that surrounds the gay sweater to inspire those who are using ‘gay’ in a detrimental way to both realize the negative impact their words and actions are having and change their behavior,” he said.

The sweater features different shades of brown, blonde and black hair and has been described both as “unbelievably itchy” and “warm, but not too warm,” CBC News reported.

Rainbow-colored buttons made from human hair donated to the CCGSD run down the front of the “gay sweater.”

“Hands down this is like the strangest project I’ve worked on,” said Brenna Macdonald, one of the knitters, in a YouTube video promoting the campaign. “All of the little bits of hair … were sticking to my skin. It made me look like an ape man.”

“This is just such an extreme manifestation of the word that I think people will be forced to realize how silly they sound when they say it,” said Amelia Lyon, another knitter.

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