Adam’s Nest, a very popular brick-and-mortar store in P-Town during from Memorial Day through Halloween every year, maintains an online store year-round. Loaded with baseball caps, pins, T-shirts, and more, the store offers a cornucopia of gift items. Proprietor Adam Singer’s dedication to giving back to the community means that a portion of every sale is earmarked for a specific charity. Over the years, Adam’s Nest has supported organizations such as the ACLU, the Ali Forney Center, the Audre Lorde Project, Gays Against Guns, SAGE, Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, and the Rainbow Railroad.
Tell Me More: This year, Adam’s Nest is offering shirts in support of the New York City AIDS Memorial. In partnership with RED HOT, and in honor of the 30th anniversary of the release of their first album, Red Hot + Blue, Adam’s Nest offers these iconic, artist-designed items for the first time in decades. Originally created in 1990 by the artists Jenny Holzer and David Wojnarowicz, today they have been reproduced in a very limited edition of five hundred, printed on certified organic cotton using eco-friendly ink.
In addition, Adam’s Nest has recently added femme-fit options for their two AIDS Memorial Shirts, the original designed by Zach Grear, and a newer one designed by Hugh Elliott.
How Much: The short-sleeved Wojnarowicz t-shirt is $50, and the long-sleeved Holzer t-shirt is $75. $35 donated to the NYC AIDS Memorial from the sale of each shirt. The Hugh Elliot-designed shirt is $35; the Zach Grear-designed shirt is $30. Sales from both support The AIDS Memorial on Instagram.
Who Benefits: The item descriptions on the site include information about the beneficiary of that sale.
How to Order: To purchase these T-shirts or any of Adam’s Nest’s many other offerings, log on to www.adamsnest.com.
As we approach the holidays near the end of this calamitous year, many of us may struggle to find reasons for celebration. It’s been a challenging year on multiple levels. Climate change set the West Coast on fire, while it drowned the Southeast and Northeast in freakish rainstorms. Even if the effects of climate change haven’t kept us awake at night, we’ve had to cope with the still-spreading, still-deadly COVID-19 crisis (and its accompanying epidemic of disinformation) for nineteen months. And of course these calamities have impacted the HIV community, with reduced HIV testing, the closure of many clinics, and a dangerous drop in funding for HIV/AIDS-related organizations and services.
It’s been an exhausting year.
Perhaps that is why celebrating the holidays this year is so important. For the sake of our sanity, we need some spirited revelry, some levity to light the darkness that has surrounded us. As Jerry Herman wrote for Mame, “For we need a little music, need a little laughter / Need a little singing ringing through the rafter / Yes we need a little snappy happy ever after.” We need the human contact of gathering together, sharing a holiday feast, toasting each other’s health, exchanging gifts.
In our 20th Annual Holiday Gift Guide, you’ll find a wide array of gifts that perform triple duty—they will delight the recipients of your gifts, you will enjoy the spirit of giving, and each gift helps to raise funds for one HIV/AIDS-related organization or another. Greeting cards, jewelry, T-shirts, hats, food stuffs, artwork, holiday ornaments—you name it, you’ll find the perfect gifts here in a broad range of prices.
So be of good cheer! Get out your gift list and get busy spreading love and joy among your friends and family. We sure could use some love and joy these days!
Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-one-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.