Did the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation License a T-Shirt at Urban Outfitters? (Sort Of!)

March 29, 2012

Urban Outfitters doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to gay rights considering the chain store’s CEO Richard Haynes donates to staunch conservatives – including over $13,000 to Rick Santorum alone.

In 2008, a marriage equality shirt was pulled from Urban Outfitters shelves within a week of its release.

Imagine my surprise when a t-shirt with the image Robert Mapplethorpe, one of New York’s great gay icons popped up in the men’s section.