The £530 Gucci rainbow horsebit leather loafers, which the former boy bander repeatedly wore last year during his Dunkirk press tour, are being raffled off today in London at an inaugural fundraiser brunch, hosted by Fantastic Man and Blouse founder Geoffrey J. Finch as part of the city’s Pride celebrations.
“The tragic suicide of a friend kicked me into gear,” says Finch. “He wasn’t the first either. Life ain’t always rainbow leopard and 3D embroidery so all the better we can use them to help save and better lives.”
Other items in the London Friend raffle include a Jean Paul Gaultier T-shirt signed by Beth Ditto and a backstage pass to a Years & Years concert. Russell Tovey, who previously posed in his underwear to benefit the Terrence Higgins Trust, donated a walk in the park with him and his french bulldog.
This isn’t the first time Styles has shown his support for the LGBTQ community. Touring the U.S. during Pride month, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter waved rainbow flags, wore AIDS awareness pins, and dedicated songs to male audience members.
The British heartthrob’s tour merchandise even includes rainbow-colored “Treat People With Kindness” tees that benefit GLSEN.
— Harry Wore What (@harryworewhat) March 9, 2017
Styles kicked off his first solo tour last September in San Francisco, where he tied a Pride flag to his microphone stand after a fan threw it on stage. He memorably wore a rainbow flag as a cape during a One Direction show in 2015.
Earlier this year he debuted a new song live, “Medicine,” which includes a lyric about messing around with boys and girls. Twitter quickly declared it a bi anthem.
Styles once told GQ he’s “pretty sure” he’s not bisexual, but he also said it’s “not that important” for his significant other to be female. Regarding sex with a man, he once told bandmate Niall Horan, “Don’t knock it till you try it.”