Pride Is Needed Now More Than Ever
Thus, for Pride Month, we have released a glorious new collection with two new Goddess Pendants, featuring Iris and Hermaphroditus, and two luminous rainbow pieces, a ring and an ear cuff. We have also partnered with GLSEN to donate 100% of the proceeds from this collection to this incredible organization that provides resources to help LGBTQ+ youth in K-12 schools, including advocating for inclusive curriculum, supporting student-led clubs and GSAs, activating supportive educators, and implementing policies that benefit LGBTQ+ students. We are proud to be giving 100% of the proceeds from our Pride Collection to this vital organization that offers so much support to queer youth.
In a time of bills like “Don’t Say Gay” being passed in Florida to discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community, GLSEN is needed now more than ever to uphold and protect some of the most vulnerable among us. It is also a time to celebrate Pride Month with renewed fervor.
Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill is bad all around, but it has a particularly negative impact on LGBTQ+ youth in schools. The bill essentially makes school an unsafe place for queer youth who will now feel compelled to hide their true identities for fear of repercussions. This bill will not only be detrimental to the mental health of these students, it will also prevent them from feeling free enough to fully engage in everything that makes school worthwhile.
In a recent interview, GLSEN executive director Melanie Willingham-Jaggers said, “It is great that young people will raise their voices. However, it should not be that they are the ones advocating to adults to make sure that their rights are not taken away, to make sure that they are able to attend school again, which they're required to do legally, safely. That is the job of adults.” She also advocated for taking action by writing directly to lawmakers and volunteering with organizations that are taking steps to keep LGBTQ+ youth safe and healthy.
GLSEN was the obvious choice when it came to deciding how we would donate the proceeds from our new Pride Collection, and we are more than happy to do our part. We hope you will also do yours. Thank you for your support.