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Friend of Dorothy T-shirt

Friend of Dorothy T-shirt

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Where does "Friend of Dorothy" Originate:


The phrase "Friend of Dorothy" originated as a slang term used in the mid-20th century to discreetly refer to someone who is gay or identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. The term is believed to have originated within the gay community in the United States, particularly during the era when homosexuality was stigmatized and heavily persecuted.


The exact origin of the phrase is uncertain, but it is commonly attributed to the connection between the term "Dorothy" and the character Dorothy Gale from L. Frank Baum's classic children's book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." The character of Dorothy Gale, portrayed by Judy Garland in the iconic 1939 film adaptation "The Wizard of Oz," has since become a symbol of LGBTQ+ culture and a source of inspiration for many.


During a time when discussing one's sexual orientation openly was dangerous, individuals within the LGBTQ+ community would use coded language to identify themselves to others. Referring to oneself or someone else as a "Friend of Dorothy" was a way to signal one's affiliation with the LGBTQ+ community without explicitly stating it, allowing people to connect and find support in a clandestine manner.


Since then, the phrase has evolved and gained recognition as a historical reference to LGBTQ+ culture and the struggles faced by the community. It is no longer as widely used as in the past, but it remains a part of LGBTQ+ history and a symbol of resilience and solidarity.

About the Tee

Comfort Colors introduces its garment-dyed t-shirt; a fully customizable tee made 100% with ring-spun cotton. The soft-washed, garment-dyed fabric brings extra coziness to your wardrobe while the relaxed fit makes it an excellent daily choice. The double-needle stitching throughout the tee makes it highly durable while the lack of side-seams helps the shirt retain its tubular shape.

.: 100% ring-spun cotton
.: Medium fabric (6.1 oz/yd² (206.8 g/m²))
.: Relaxed fit
.: Sewn-in twill label

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