Jesse Tyler Ferguson
by Stephen Garner
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, husband Justin Mikita, and their non-profit advocacy organization, Tie The Knot, have announced their newest limited edition bowtie with The Tie Bar. The latest addition will honor the triumphant return to Broadway of Harvey Fierstein’s iconic Tony-winning play Torch Song. The design will also add the show’s star Michael Urie to Tie The Knot’s extensive list of guest designers. The Torch Song bowtie will be available exclusively at the Hayes Theater store and online at The Tie Bar, with $20 of every $25 purchase will be donated directly back to Tie The Knot.

Drawing inspiration from the Torch Song set, the bow tie design is both formal and whimsical, perfect for anyone looking to recapture the golden age of formal dressing for the theater. Imagine a new take on the classic black-tie look, with just the right amount of pop. The end result is a vibrant new stripe, playful yet elegant – ideal for sitting in the front row or onstage taking a final curtain call.

“Tie The Knot is so thrilled to be partnering with such an important play this season,” said charity co-founder and Torch Song producer Justin Mikita. “Our organization has been advocating for LGBTQ equality since 2012, but stand on the shoulders of people like Harvey Firestein whose important work helped change hearts and minds. When Torch Song was coming back to Broadway, I felt it was imperative to be a critical part of this historic and intensely relevant piece, both personally and through Tie The Knot. We are all proud to carry the torch!”

“I’m honored to have helped design the Torch Song bowtie,” added Urie. “Design genius (and Tony winner) David Zinn did our neon light-accented set – turned out to be the perfect inspiration! In today’s world standing tall and being proud of who we are can be the ultimate act of resistance, so I encourage everyone to go to The Tie Bar or drop by the Hayes and help us continue fighting for LGBTQ equality.”

When Tie The Knot was founded in 2012 to advocate for marriage equality throughout the United States, only six states and Washington D.C. recognized marriages for same-sex couples. Today, having raised over $1,000,000 – six years and forty-four states later – the initial Tie The Knot goal of realizing full federal marriage equality was accomplished; same-sex couples across the country can marry in all 50 states. But there is still more work to do. As such the charity has rededicated itself to advocating for comprehensive federal protections nationwide and LGBTQ equality around the world by financially supporting front-line organizations fighting for equality and human rights for all.

Torch Song is now open on Broadway for a 20 week limited engagement at the Helen Hayes Theater.