It’s been almost a year since Laverne Cox made a headline-making turn on the Emmys red carpet with a custom rainbow Edie Parker clutch that read: Oct 8, Title VII, Supreme Court. It was a powerful reminder of the day when the Supreme Court fought arguments on whether LGBTQ workers should be protected by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a law that “prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.” (This past week, the Supreme Court ruled that the civil rights law should indeed protect gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination, a historic ruling.)
“This current administration is telling the Supreme Court to make discrimination against LGBTQ people legal,” Cox told Vogue at the time, adding that she wanted to use fashion to raise awareness. “Very few people are talking about this crucial case. I hope this will get people talking about the implications for LGBTQ people and beyond.” To underscore this message, one side of her oblong-shaped Perspex minaudiere featured the transgender community flag, the other the LGBTQ+ rainbow.
In honor of Pride Month, Cox is now auctioning off a replica of her statement-making Edie Parker clutch to raise money for the Anti-Violence Project, an organization that works to ensure that the LGBTQ+ community is safe, respected, and free from violence (it also supports survivors of abuse through counseling). The two-week auction begins on Monday, June 22 on Charitybuzz, an online bidding site that raises funds for nonprofits, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Anti-Violence Project. The starting bid will be $0, but is projected to run into the thousands. So if you’re looking to own a little piece of fashion history and do good at the same time, now’s your chance to put in an offer.