Nelly Unisex Tee

The Nelly Tee from the Retrograph reclaims a word historically used against the LGBTQ+ community



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


Little consensus exists for the origin of the term Nelly as a slang reference to gay men. A pet name for Helen, it is thought that Nelly simply refers to a man by a common woman’s name (see also Mary, Molly, Nancy, Mary Louise, and so on). The term implies that the gay man is less masculine and more effeminate, warranting a woman’s name.

Tee Color: Black Heather

Shirt Size Guide
Size XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL
Length 27” 28” 29” 30” 31” 32” 33” 34”
Chest 31-34” 34-37” 38-41” 42-45” 46-49” 50-53” 54-57” 58-61”

Due to the nature of the soft cotton material, shirt measurements may vary up to one inch.

Material: 100% combed and ring-spun cotton, pre-shrunk for accurate fitting

Shipping: Most print-on-demand items ship within three to five business days. You will receive a confirmation email with tracking information as soon as it ships. If an item is not immediately available, I will contact you right away to confirm a delivery date. For most domestic orders over $30, shipping is free. For international orders, please visit the checkout page for available options.

Guarantee: I want to make sure you love everything you find at the Retrograph. For custom printed items, I will happily replace a Nelly Unisex Tee that has manufacturing or printing defects. Unfortunately, I cannot offer refunds on these on-demand purchases. Please be sure to double check your size requirements and contact me with any questions or concerns before you place your order.

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