Just Love (Ellie's Story)

Though I often got requests to bring that design back, I never sold any more of them after that initial run. Until this spring.

A month or two ago I got an email about a woman named Ellie. She was a leader in the LGBT community and a party promoter in New York until she passed away early this year. I clicked on the link in the email and there was a picture of Ellie, wearing the shirt with the words I sold on the internet a few years ago.

It seemed only fitting, then, to bring back this design at the request of Ellie’s friends and family. And in her memory, 100% of the proceeds of the shirt sales will be donated to the Ellie Conant Fund to support LGBT youth in Korea through the Astrea Foundation for Lesbian Justice. Sales from this design have already raised nearly $2000 in Ellie’s memory; if you’d like to join us, there’s just a few days left to order yours.

In recent weeks I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Ellie’s fiancée Melissa as we’ve collaborated on this project. I asked Melissa if she would share a few words about Ellie, and this is what she told me:

Ellie’s most palpable and significant gift was her ability to bring people together, to create connections. Whether you knew her for 5 minutes or 25 years, you felt her remarkable spirit touch your heart and you realized that no one else you’d ever met had quite the same ability to reach you the way she did. 

It’s all the more fitting to me that this image of Ellie in her “Love” shirt has become the singular visual of her since she passed away. Because connection is the spark of love. Every kind of love in this world starts with a connection. 

There were so many people who were devastated when Ellie passed away. Many were people who didn’t know her for long, or hadn’t seen her in many years, but again, she left that imprint of connection on them. It only took a moment to feel that magnetic, selfless, pure heart that she had. 

And her ability to connect people is alive and well. The very fact that Micah, who hadn’t met Ellie and who lives in a completely different part of the country, offered to make another run of the “Love” shirts and donate the proceeds to the fund established in Ellie’s name is the truest testament to Ellie’s ability to bring people together. And now, thanks to this, so many people will be out in the world, spreading Ellie’s message of love and hopefully making some new connections in the process. There could be no greater tribute to her life than simply doing that.

 

elliesquare

To order your shirt, visit TheLoveShirt.org

(only available through May 11)

photo courtesy of Melissa Saks

Just Love (Ellie's Story)

May 9, 2016 | 3 minute read

ellie

Though I often got requests to bring that design back, I never sold any more of them after that initial run. Until this spring.

A month or two ago I got an email about a woman named Ellie. She was a leader in the LGBT community and a party promoter in New York until she passed away early this year. I clicked on the link in the email and there was a picture of Ellie, wearing the shirt with the words I sold on the internet a few years ago.

It seemed only fitting, then, to bring back this design at the request of Ellie’s friends and family. And in her memory, 100% of the proceeds of the shirt sales will be donated to the Ellie Conant Fund to support LGBT youth in Korea through the Astrea Foundation for Lesbian Justice. Sales from this design have already raised nearly $2000 in Ellie’s memory; if you’d like to join us, there’s just a few days left to order yours.

In recent weeks I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Ellie’s fiancée Melissa as we’ve collaborated on this project. I asked Melissa if she would share a few words about Ellie, and this is what she told me:

Ellie’s most palpable and significant gift was her ability to bring people together, to create connections. Whether you knew her for 5 minutes or 25 years, you felt her remarkable spirit touch your heart and you realized that no one else you’d ever met had quite the same ability to reach you the way she did. 

It’s all the more fitting to me that this image of Ellie in her “Love” shirt has become the singular visual of her since she passed away. Because connection is the spark of love. Every kind of love in this world starts with a connection. 

There were so many people who were devastated when Ellie passed away. Many were people who didn’t know her for long, or hadn’t seen her in many years, but again, she left that imprint of connection on them. It only took a moment to feel that magnetic, selfless, pure heart that she had. 

And her ability to connect people is alive and well. The very fact that Micah, who hadn’t met Ellie and who lives in a completely different part of the country, offered to make another run of the “Love” shirts and donate the proceeds to the fund established in Ellie’s name is the truest testament to Ellie’s ability to bring people together. And now, thanks to this, so many people will be out in the world, spreading Ellie’s message of love and hopefully making some new connections in the process. There could be no greater tribute to her life than simply doing that.

 

elliesquare

To order your shirt, visit TheLoveShirt.org

(only available through May 11)

photo courtesy of Melissa Saks

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