Fine By Me
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- For the song, see Fine By Me (song)
Fine By Me was an organization in the United States, and now a project of Atticus Circle, with a mission to give voice to friends and supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The organization developed a project to print T-shirts bearing the phrase "gay? fine by me" and then worked with communities to distribute and wear the T-shirts to show acceptance and support for LGBT people and publicly demonstrate against homophobia.
The organization began at Duke University in spring 2003. The idea behind Fine By Me started from a dinner conversation between ten friends, both gay and straight. The group came up with the idea to distribute free T-shirts with an anti-homophobic message. In less than two weeks, the group distributed nearly 2,000 T-shirts to students, faculty and staff. Even then university president, Nannerl 'Nan' Overholser Keohane, wore a T-shirt.
The idea continues to spread to schools all over the country, including traditionally conservative and religious institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, Boston College, and Texas A&M University.
Since its founding in 2003, the organization has expanded its focus to include churches and synagogues, local civic groups, PFLAG chapters, businesses, and other community groups and organizations. For groups wanting to show support, custom T-shirts are printed with a custom organizations name in place of "us" in "gay? fine by us".