19 June 2019
KEY WEST, Florida Keys This tiny city at the tip of the Florida Keys archipelago is known around the world for its inclusive acceptance that all people are created equal, exemplified by
local designer J.T. Thompson’s famed One Human Family slogan.
Thompson has distributed several million One Human Family bumper stickers and hundreds of thousands of wrist bands to people in 95 nations with the message, “All people are created equal members of ONE HUMAN FAMILY.” That unifying slogan has reached destinations that are thousands of miles from Key West: the South Pole, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tibet and New Zealand, for example.
Key West’s official philosophy was adopted by Key West city commissioners in October 2000.
“Communities that are working for unity like Flint, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Orlando, Baltimore, Charleston, Paris and London are using One Human Family as a rallying point for people to come together,” Thompson said.
Thousands of stickers and wristbands have been distributed at the Burning Man Festival, the festival of arts and music held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
“One Human Family has also been included in speeches and writing by the Dalai Lama, President Obama and even Pope Francis,” Thompson said.
Thompson began printing the One Human Family bumper stickers in 2000 to increase awareness of his message of the inherent unity and equality of all people. Key West friends and visitors immediately snapped up the free stickers, seeking thousands from the designer.
After Key West city commissioners adopted the motto, Monroe County commissioners also embraced it for the entire 125-mile-long Florida Keys island chain in early 2001.
“In a world where so many believe the illusion of separateness, understanding human unity is our only healing solution,” Thompson said. “Our differences are superficial distinctions and cannot be allowed to be twisted into cultural divisions.”
The concept of One Human Family has been endorsed by groups as diverse as Carnival Cruise Line, the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance, Tropicana Orange Juice, General Electric Finance Corp. and the AFL-CIO.
"It's amazing how powerful these three words are," Thompson said. "People have told me they’re working to reduce racism, sexism, nationalism, classism and homophobia with use of those words.”
One Human Family stickers and wrist bands are available for free worldwide; postage and donations are requested. An all-volunteer nonprofit group spearheads their distribution, with printing and mailing funded by donations.
To learn more about One Human Family, visit onehumanfamily.info or email JT@DesignKW.com. To order stickers or wrist bands, send a self-addressed, stamped, business envelope to One Human Family, P.O. Box 972, Key West, FL 33041.
Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/gay, fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Gay Key West Visitor Center: gaykeywestfl.com, 305-294-4603 or 1-800-535-7797
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