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Everybody deserves to wear white

By | 2010-12-23T09:00:00-05:00 December 23rd, 2010|News|

By Hannah Schwab

Everybody should have the right to tie the knot. This is the driving force behind White Knot for Equality, a nonprofit organization that supports marriage equality. And this was the motivation behind the White Party fundraising fashion show at the The B.O.B.’s Eve Lounge in downtown Grand Rapids Dec. 15.
White Knot, along with A.K. Rikk’s Menswear, the mobile social network Grindr and Stoli vodka sponsored an underwear fashion show. Attendees sporting white outfits were engulfed in white lights and white ribbons, all to bring awareness to the message of marriage equality.
Male models were provided by The Matthew Agency, a Grand Rapids-based talent firm. The fit gentlemen showed off the latest in upscale men’s swim, lounge and underwear by Diesel, Rufskin, aussieBum and Baskit.
This was not the underwear your brother buys at The Gap. Formfitting briefs, boy shorts and bikinis showed off well-toned figures. Strategically placed colors and patterns highlighted the well-equipped gentlemen. A steady stream of catcalls echoed from the audience as the dapper men posed on the runway.
The underwear wasn’t the only thing the men wore. Every model displayed a white ribbon tied on his bicep while every person in the audience was offered a white knot to pin to his or her outfit.
Tina Derusha, founder of Spotlight616, LLC, an event planning and promotions company, was brought on board to help plan the event.
“(White Knot) works tirelessly to advocate equal marriage rights for all. We believe that this is a message that has finally received major support in our nation and is now gaining momentum in our state,” Derusha said.
The fashion show was the first event of its kind to be held at The B.O.B. and in Grand Rapids, Derusha said. The B.O.B. doesn’t host any other gay nights or clubs, she said.
While the main event of the night featured a giggling crowd, whistles and a constant stream of light bulb flashes, the true message of the evening was not lost.
White Knot’s goal, listed front and center on its website, is to “make sure every kid gets the chance to grow up and fall in love.” And there was nothing but love at Eve: People loving each other, people loving the Stoli and appetizers, and people loving sexy underwear models each taking a turn on the catwalk.

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