The Yankee Candle Company announced the creation of a new, limited-edition fragrance, Love is Love, to raise awareness of global nonprofit Rainbow Railroad‘s mission to provide pathways to safety for LGBTQIA+ people at risk in their home countries. Launching in May, Love is Love celebrates love in all its forms, with a unique and harmonious blend of fragrance notes including sweet fruits, inspiring florals and warm woods.
In recognition of its commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging, Yankee Candle will be donating $100,000 to Rainbow Railroad to support their work helping LGBTQIA+ individuals facing state-enabled persecution find safety worldwide.
“We’re proud to be supporting Rainbow Railroad’s important cause. Together, we can not only work to eliminate discrimination and hate, but we can also champion acceptance and impact change, not just throughout Pride month, but the whole year,” said Lisa McCarthy, President of the Home Fragrance Business Unit, Newell Brands. “The work that Rainbow Railroad does truly ties into our core corporate values of Truth, Transparency, Teamwork and Trust, and the crucial role each value plays in helping individuals find their way to safety.”
Kimahli Powell, Executive Director at Rainbow Railroad, added: “Our work with Yankee Candle will not only aid in raising global awareness of what we do, but it will also raise vital funding that will specifically provide direct livelihood support for many at-risk LGBTQIA+ people, keeping them safe whilst they wait to be evacuated. The donation will help individuals in severe circumstances start new lives of freedom and safety. We are proud and grateful to be working with Yankee Candle on this exciting new partnership.”
Love Is Love
Love is Love is a fragrance of love lighting the way to safe passage — sweet notes of stone fruits and strawberries join in harmony with inspiring scents of honeysuckle and rose, emerging into a liberating blend of warm woods notes.
The limited-edition fragrance was designed by a global employee initiative at Yankee Candle and will be available in two different 3-wick candle designs. Celebrate Pride with a Pride 3-Wick Candle and Tote Bag for $30.00 at Yankee Candle® retail stores, or a single 3-Wick Candle for $26.50 at YankeeCandle.com and select retailers in May.
UK to Issue Commemorative Pride Coin
Featuring evocative artwork, the coin encompasses the very essence of Pride’s history in the UK and marks the first time we have celebrated the UK’s LGBTQ+ community on a UK coin. Made with support from Pride in London, this release is not only a celebration of Pride UK but also a numismatic tribute to the indomitable spirit of the UK’s LGBTQ+ community.
The UK Royal Mint revealed a commemorative 50 pence coin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride UK. This coin marks the first time Britain’s LGBTQ+ community has been celebrated on official UK coinage, and forms part of The Royal Mint’s wider commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The coin has been designed by Dominique Holmes, an east London artist, writer, and LGBTQ+ activist with a varied artistic background that includes tattoo artistry. The coin design features Pride in London’s values of Protest, Visibility, Unity, and Equality in rainbows. With state-of-the-art color printing technology, the iconic colors of the Pride progression flag are recreated with special-edition color versions of the silver and BU coins.
Since the first official Pride UK event in 1972, the Pride UK movement has been one of significant political and cultural importance. Now in its 50th year, Pride UK is more popular than ever and continues to fight against societal oppression and stand up for rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
Asad Shaykh, Director of Marketing and Communications at Pride in London said, “It was a privilege to visit The Royal Mint as part of our partnership and see our coin being made.
“It humbles me greatly that the words that I coined for the brand, PROTEST, VISIBILITY, UNITY & EQUALITY – will be on an actual coin, opposite the Queen. This queer brown immigrant has come a long way, powered by hope, love and this city. Nowhere in the world had this been possible, except the UK. Pride in London feels very proud today.”
Clare Maclennan, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said, “The 50th Anniversary of Pride UK is a milestone celebration, and it is a privilege to mark 50 years of progress with this 50p coin. This is the first ever UK coin dedicated to Britain’s LGBTQ+ community, with color printing technology capturing the spirit of Pride UK with its iconic rainbow colors.
“It was an honour to host representatives from Pride in London at The Royal Mint recently to strike their own coins as part of the launch and discuss with them our commitment to diversity and inclusion within the business and show how we are reinventing for the future.”
As part of the launch, The Royal Mint will make a financial contribution to London LGBT Community Pride. The 50p will not enter circulation but will be available to purchase via The Royal Mint website this summer. The range includes gold, silver, and brilliant uncirculated versions.
The launch of the new LGBTQ+ coin forms part of The Royal Mint’s wider commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. Alongside D&I training for all employees, a network of D&I Champions has been established to support The Royal Mint’s wider vision of celebrating differences for an inclusive future.
This commitment also extends to an LGBTQ+ society for employees at The Royal Mint; established last year. Named ‘Enfys’, the Welsh word for Rainbow, the group has hosted Q+A sessions, shared their personal stories and encouraged visibility and allyship amongst employees.
Spencer’s Launches New Pride Collection in Partnership with ACLU
Spencer’s announced that for the second consecutive year, over 680 retail locations will support the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to raise awareness and funds to fight for social justice, civil liberties, and LGBTQ+ rights through a round up program that raised over $320,000 last year alone.
“Giving back is always in style, and Spencer’s is proud to continue our partnership with the ACLU who embrace and support our core value ‘We Are All Human,'” said Steven Silverstein, CEO and President of Spencer’s. “Now more than ever, we continue to be loud and proud, celebrating our guests’ individuality and attitude regardless of sexual orientation, gender, race, and background, because together we can put a stop to hate and inequality.”
Guests can round-up any purchase from June 10 through June 19 to support ACLU’s mission to defend and expand civil liberties including the right of LGBTQ+ people to live free from fear and discrimination. Spencer’s announced that they will match up to $50,000 in donations for 2022.
The retailer has been a go-to source for PRIDE merchandise and a fierce champion of authenticity from day one, encouraging guests and associates to come as they are without judgment. This year, the PRIDE collection is bigger and better than ever and is complemented by the ACLU round-up program. Merchandise within the PRIDE collection include skirts, tees, tanks, jerseys, shorts, buttons, flags, masks, jewelry and more.
Say It Loud: Dockers® Releases 2022 Pride Collection
When it comes to self-expression, personal style offers an important opportunity to showcase individuality. And while clothing choice is just one piece of individual identity, those clothes can have the power to help everyone look and feel like their best and most authentic self. That’s what the Dockers brand strives to provide in each of its designs, and in celebration of Pride 2022, the brand is excited to release its 7th Pride collection to date.
Available starting May 16th, Dockers is launching its latest Pride collection titled “Say It Loud” to honor the LGBTQ+ community. This colorful collection takes inspiration from the rich history of activism and acceptance in San Francisco, the birthplace of Dockers, and each item features unique drawings created by Bay Area-based artist and Dockers partner Richard Ceely.
“The artwork is meant to inspire all people to let their love soar, and to remind us that we’re all birds of a feather in pursuit of a life well lived,” says Ceely. “When I was first brainstorming designs I was out on my deck, and the birds around my house really had a lot to say that morning – and they were saying it loud. Listening to those birds sounded like the joyful greeting of a new day full of possibilities, and I wanted to convey that positive energy with this design.”
The capsule features five new styles including a garment dyed hooded sweatshirt, graphic tees in both blue and white colorways, a summer-ready white tank top and a versatile pair of khaki shorts that reflect the signature California cool Dockers vibe. Through these gender-neutral styles, “Say It Loud” aims to evoke a joyful celebration of who you truly are, because everyone deserves to feel confident in their skin.
“We were so excited to work with Richard on this collection to celebrate Pride this year, as he is a local artist and long-time friend of the Dockers brand” says Lisa Relth, Director of Design at Dockers. “His colorful and imaginative paintings burst with irreverent positivity and whimsical personality, beautifully infusing some of Dockers’ most beloved casual staples with the joy that characterizes Pride.”
In addition to the product collection, Dockers continues its long-standing partnership with Stonewall Community Foundation in the hopes of sparking positive change for the LGBTQ+ community that lasts far beyond the month of June. The brand is proud to support Stonewall’s incredible work amplifying LGBTQ+ voices and addressing key issues through community grants and consulting.
As part of the Levi Strauss & Co. portfolio, the Dockers brand has a rich history of supporting LGBTQ+ rights dating back to its inception in 1986. LS&Co. was the first prominent business to take action in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the first Fortune 500 company to extend benefits to same sex partners. The company continues to support the LGBTQ+ community through financial commitments and political action in support of same-sex marriage, along with other relevant policy matters. Dockers remains committed to recognizing LGBTQ+ individuals and supporting their rights to equality in all walks of life.
The Dockers “Say It Loud” collection will be available for purchase on online through the end of June.