Mary Button

The hand-punched Mary Button from the Retrograph reclaims a word historically used against the LGBTQ+ community



Words only possess the power we give them. Let’s reclaim our language and reclaim our power. The hand-punched Mary Button features a slur historically used against the LGBTQ+ community. It’s time to wear these labels with pride and take charge of the discourse.

Each button measures approximately 1″ across with a secure pin back (about the size of a quarter). We color print the artwork then seal it under a clear plastic button cover for long-lasting wear. Each button is hand-printed and hand-punched, so some buttons may be a bit off center or the color and density may vary from piece to piece. It’s just part of the charm of hand-created buttons.


Queer men popularized the term Mary in the middle of the 20th century, usually as a term of affiliation within the community. It later bled into usage among other groups in society, giving the word a derisive edge against those men who weren’t deemed sufficiently “masculine.” Mary originated as the longer Mary Louise.

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