Last week, the LGBT+ community won a decisive Supreme Court victory that officially made workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity against the law. Though it marked a substantial step forward, the fight for equal rights and inclusion is by no means over, and its intersectionality with the Black Lives Matter movement has underscored just how important it is to continue.
In honor of Pride Month, we’ve assembled a list of companies and detailed how they are actively supporting LGBTQ+ organizations that provide support, education and housing for the diverse community.
Herman Miller transformed the classic Eames Hang-It-All design with a Pride-inspired colorway. The sale of each will see $25 donated to OutRight Action International in addition to the $30,000 donation from Herman Miller Cares.
The natural beauty and wellness brand is showing its support with the launch of two new limited-edition candles, Tomboy and Bois, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Ali Forney Center in NYC and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Marc Jacobs Beauty
The famous Seattle-based retailer launched a gender-inclusive capsule under its BP brand with a collection dubbed “BP. Be Proud”. Nordstrom will donate 10 percent of sales from the collection to True Colors United, a nonprofit dedicated to solving youth homelessness with a focus on the unique circumstances of those under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. The company also announced that it will provide grants for LGBTQ+ organizations across the United States, including GenPRIDE, Trans Wellness Center, Coalition for Aging LGBT, Center on Halsted and Rainbow Refugee.
Polo Ralph Lauren
The American brand released its second capsule collection dedicated to LGBTQ+ rights, which includes 10 gender-neutral pieces for adults and children. All proceeds from the sale of the collection’s Polo shirt (for humans and dogs) and 25 percent of proceeds from other styles will be donated to the Stonewall Community Foundation. Ralph Lauren Fragrances will also make a supplemental donation to the SCF, and is introducing limited-edition Pride packaging on select fragrances.
The lauded menswear designer produced a collection of limited-edition sweatshirts and tees featuring original artwork by ten leading LGBTQ artists, including Richard Haines, Doron Langberg, and Devan Shimoyama. 25 percent of the proceeds from the sale of each top will support charities of the artists’ choosing, including VISUAL AIDS, Out Youth, and GMHC.
A portion of the sales from the Italian brand’s Pride 2020 collection will go to benefit several organizations, including Trans LifeLine, Trans Latin@ Coalition, Brave Space Alliance, and The Ally Coalition. Additional donations will go to Arcigay, one of Italy’s leading LGBTQ+ rights groups.
The retailer partnered with The Trevor Project, a crisis counseling center for LGBTQ youth, on a collection of kitchenware, including mugs, candles and spatulas with rainbow stars and heart motifs. Fifty percent of the purchase price from the special collection will be donated to the nonprofit. Additionally, supporters can buy tickets to WS’s virtual drag-queen cookoff with Juanita More and Sister Roma cooking and plating dishes using three mystery ingredients. Top Chef‘s Melissa King will help viewers choose the winner.