Queer Trans Clothing Closet Launches Online Store, Prepares For Pop-Up
The Queer Trans Clothing Closet, an LGBTQ + friendly clothing closet, launched its website to provide clothing between its pop-up stores.
The Queer Trans Clothing Closet in Iowa City saw a surge in orders and increased interest after its website launched late last month.
The association provides free, non-sexist or gender-affirming clothing.
“It was our hope to continue thereafter, we weren’t sure exactly what it was going to look like,” said Savannah DeGroot, a freshman at the University of Iowa and one of the founding members of Queer. Trans Clothing. Bathroom.
Since its last pop-up, the Queer Trans Clothing Closet has launched a website to fulfill orders between monthly pop-ups.
“A month can be a long wait to get clothes that make you feel like you and that assert your gender,” DeGroot said. “We really didn’t want our students to wait those 30 days, whatever, to be comfortable in their skin and in their own body.”
The Queer Trans Clothing Closet aims to keep the website presentation gender-neutral by organizing items by size.
“One of the challenges is trying to keep our website, store, and posting process as gender neutral as possible, while dealing with strongly gendered items,” DeGroot said.
The Queer Trans Clothing Closet provides a size conversion chart that helps people find out which clothes would best fit their body without invalidating their gender identity.
The Queer Trans Clothing Closet is the only clothing closet in the Iowa City area that specifically caters to transgender, non-binary, and gender-non-conforming people, DeGroot said.
DeGroot said the organization has only recently realized the amount of traction it has gained. Since sending an announcement email on the pop-up to all faculty, students, and UI staff in late October, they’ve garnered a lot of attention.
Since the email was sent, the Queer Trans Clothing Closet has had to temporarily close new orders in order to fill the influx of orders it received.
DeGroot said individuals, as well as other universities, have donated to the Queer Trans Clothing Closet.
“I had trans college employees reaching out to me thanking me,” DeGroot said. “I’ve seen people who work at the university say to me, ‘I have a trans child, can I bring him? They explore their genre.
Queer Trans Clothing Closet stock comes from community donations. During the first closet pop-up in April, the organization received 1,700 items of clothing, and it has since won a few hundred more, accumulating more than 2,000 items in inventory.
“From the very beginning of QT Closet, we have had a close relationship with the Pride Alliance Center and the Office of Sustainability,” said Joseph Haggerty, a representative of the Office of UI Sustainability who works for Closet.
Haggerty has been involved with the project since its start in fall 2019. He said sustainability and having a welcoming space for LGBTQ + people have been at the heart of the operation since its inception.
Haggerty, who said he values the positive environmental impact of saving and reusing clothing provided by the closet, provides Queer Trans Clothing Closet with environmentally friendly laundry detergent and packaging.
Logan Shoviak, Queer Trans Clothing Closet Volunteer Coordinator and UI Trans Alliance Liaison Officer, volunteered for the closet before officially joining the team this semester.
Shoviak said shopping for clothes in a non-judgmental zone makes things a lot easier for transgender and non-binary people.
“Every time I’ve been to the men’s section, I’ve been nervous that people are going to be like, ‘What is this person doing here?’,” Said Shoviak. “Having a space where nothing is gendered makes things a lot easier. “
The next Queer Trans Clothing Closet pop-up will take place November 10-13 at the Iowa Memorial Union. The group plans to host pop-ups at least once a semester for the foreseeable future.
“I’m someone who used the QT closet last semester and I want it to be a resource for other people,” Shoviak said. “Mostly trans people like me.”