Ad from the Big Ass Fans. It appeard in Sunday's New York Times Magazine.
According to Wikipedia:
Big Ass Fans was founded in 1999 as the HVLS Fan Co. by owner J. Carey Smith. The company's name was changed to the Big Ass Fan Company in 2002. Due to the name change, Lexington's Blue Grass Airport declined advertising from the company, and residents staged protests of a 10-ft. mural depicting the name and company mascot, "Fanny," on the side of the company's building.
I'd never heard of this brand before. But then I live in the Northeast. Ceiling fans are not de rigeur up here.
Fashion photographer Terry Richardson has been accused of all kinds of professional sexual impropriety. None of which stopped Valentino from hiring him to photograph the fashion house's Fall 2014 accessories campaign and put himself (his hand, actually) in the campaign.
With prom season upon us, Lambda Legal, "the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV," is running this empowering, potentially controversial advertisement.
I'm assuming the ambiguity whether this teen was born male or female is intentional. The ad is making the point that all that matters is how individuals see themselves and that they should be allowed to express that.
I agree. But then, I'm from Massachusetts, where ten years ago ours became the first state to allow gay marriage.