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WHY WE SUPPORT THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY


For decades, our LGBTQIA+ wearers have been lacing up their DM’s and taking to the streets. Marching in our boots. And shaping them into a symbol of rebellion. But despite everything they’ve achieved, the work is nowhere near done. LGBT homelessness is on the rise. Trans discrimination is rife around the world. In 2021, Pride remains as important as ever. So as we celebrate this year, we're going to help showcase why. Shine a light on the different ways people continue to celebrate Pride and draw strength from it. And help educate our community on issues facing our LGBTQIA+ wearers every day. As long as they need our support — until every single person feels respected, safe and seen — we'll keep shouting and marching with them. And continuing to support them in every way we can. ​

WHY IS PRIDE IMPORTANT IN 2021?


DM’s reached out and asked our community why Pride still matters in 2021. We talk to influential LGBTQI+ voices Naomie Peter, Ken Ken, Becca McCharen and Travis Alabanza about why they think Pride is still as important as ever.​
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NAOMIE

SHE/HER


Anti-racist and queer activist Naomie Pieter isn't afraid to make her voice heard. A choreographer, founder of Black Pride Netherlands, Black Queer and Trans Resistance and Pon Di Pride, she often faces threats alt-right and extremist groups. But she stands strong. Naomie is also one of the driving forces behind Kick Out Zwarte Piet and Black Lives Matter in the Netherlands.

"WE'RE NOT FREE UNTIL WE'RE ALL FREE"

WHY IS PRIDE STILL IMPORTANT IN 2021?


"No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us" is a quote by Marsha P. Johnson. And it's still relevant and something we should keep in mind when we are thinking about pride. Because no one is free until all of us is free. We are still fighting for our liberation. And by "we", I mean Black queer and trans people. We are still fighting for our emancipation.

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TRAVIS

THEY/THEM


Travis Alabanza is a non-binary performer, writer, theatre maker and trans activist. In the last two years, they have been noted by numerous publications as one of the most prominent emerging queer artistic voices. And they’re not afraid to speak up for what’s right. Travis is exploring how trans bodies survive and how we can address our own internalised prejudice.​

"YEARLY, WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND REMEMBER THERE ISN'T JUST OUR HARDSHIP"

WHY IS PRIDE STILL IMPORTANT IN 2021?


Pride is still important because the way queerness is still globally policed. In both legislative and personal, daily ways. We need a chance to reinstate both the political and personal anecdote to that - which is Pride. Pride in all its’ forms, as a way to feel joyful and excited by the things a lot of the world makes us feel shameful for. ​

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KEN KEN

HE/HIM


Ken Ken Milan is a full-time dancer and Vogue culture promoter. He first discovered the dance style in Taiwan six years ago, after attending the country’s first-ever Vogue ball. Ken fast fell in love with the distinct glamour and unapologetic confidence that is a hallmark of the Vogue movement. After returning to Hong Kong in 2017, he became an avid Vogue promoter, and wants to ‘give the gift that keeps on giving’ to Hong Kong’s LGBTQIA+ community.​

"IN PRIDE, YOU CAN DISCOVER THE DIVERSITY OF THE SOCIETY"

WHY IS PRIDE STILL IMPORTANT IN 2021?


Pride is a celebration of ways of living. We need Pride because we acknowledge our differences and uniqueness. While we have decriminalised homosexuality and same sex marriage in some areas, there’s still room for improvement to make our community as inclusive as possible. Pride each year is necessary to educate ourselves and broaden the spectrum of gender/sexuality/identity.​

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BECCA

SHE/THEY


Becca McCharen-Tran is the founder and creative director of dynamic bodywear label Chromat. McCharen-Tran fuses their technical background with a focus on the body to create designs for boundary-breaking women. And she’s making noise about the impact that fashion had on their own upbringing — motivating them to reshape the industry into a more inclusive and accessible space.​

"OUR FREEDOM IS LINKED TO THE FREEDOM OF ALL OPPRESSED PEOPLE"

WHY IS PRIDE STILL IMPORTANT IN 2021?


Pride is critical. Not only in June, but year-round. In just the past 6 months, state legislators all over the US have made it a crime to provide trans youth with healthcare, and have banned trans and gender non-conforming youth from participating in athletics. When so many people see trans people as not deserving of care or community, it’s important to be loud in celebrating, loving and fighting for our queer family.​​

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SUPPORT AND RESOURCES

NAOMIE: "Black Pride NL, Black Queer and Trans Resistance, and building the Black Queer Archive. Rainbow House Curacao, that’s very close to my heart. Also The Oasis Project, this is a Nigerian project. I think it’s really dope what they are doing."

TRAVIS: "I’m energised by ‘Five for Five', a collective grassroots charity which collects £5 a month from you, and then donates it to five different money pots benefiting trans feminine people in the UK"

KEN KEN: "The Trevor Project focused on suicide prevention among queers. Celebrating queerness is a privilege, as there are many out there who struggle with their identities for many reasons, thusleading to the high suicidal rate."

BECCA: "For the Gworls provides direct financial support for gender affirming surgeries and housing for Black trans people nationwide. And GlitsInc., who provide housing for Black trans people recently released from Rikers Island Correctional Center in NYCA."

OUR PART


WE’RE PROUD TO SUPPORT AND CHAMPION VITAL LGBTQIA+ CAUSES IN OUR COMMUNITIES


 
 

SO FAR THIS YEAR WE’VE DONATED OVER £90,000 TO CHARITIES AROUND THE WORLD

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In the UK, we've donated £10,000 to akt 'the Albert Kennedy Trust' an LGBTQIA+ youth homelessness charity. akt provides housing support, mentoring and life skills training, and works to ensure that no young person has to choose between a safe home and being who they are. The work done by akt is more important than ever.
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THE 1461 FOR PRIDE

Show your Pride with our new 1461 shoe. This new one-off design pays tribute to the Pride movement with rainbow flag laces and embroidery – a symbol of identity and solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community that dates back to 1978.