Posted: 25 June 2020

Celebrating Pride and the LGBT+ community

Pride is all about standing up for one another and coming together in solidarity. Although we can't march this year, we can still celebrate!

We talked to two of our Retail Shop Managers about how they demonstrate the spirit of Pride in our shops. 

Painting the shops all colours of the rainbow

Last summer, to celebrate Pride, Chloe and Allan went above and beyond to transform our Hillsborough and St. Albans shops into bright beacons of rainbow colours and hope on the high street.

'Every person should be proud of their uniqueness' - Chloe

Chloe says, 'as I am part of the LGBT community, I am very aware of the changing times in how the world is seeing us. However, there is still some stigma and negativity around the subject matter and there are still children, teens and young adults being bullied and made to feel like they are not normal or accepted among society today.

As I was proudly putting my bright rainbow flag up with accompanying bunting and poster I couldn’t help but think, ‘this is for you kids, be proud to be you.'

I now have regular gay customers and members of the trans community shopping in my store. It has opened my shop up to a new demographic of customer and they feel safe to shop without judgement which let’s face it, don’t we all want that?'

'To be able to celebrate Pride in my workplace was truly amazing' - Allan

Allan says 'I have never felt comfortable or indeed been allowed to do so anywhere else! It is refreshing to freely be who and what I am without reproach. and I'm looking forward to next year's celebrations already.'

Shop manager Pride Festival

Celebrating inclusion and diversity across the country

Although we're in lockdown and parades across the country won't take place, shop Managers, Allan and Chloe have shown you can still celebrate and show your support.

We must all still do our best to push for equality and elevate the voices of LGBT+ communities and other marginalised groups. We must give young people the confidence to be proud of who they are and speak up for others.

There have been tonnes of virtual events and this Saturday you can tune into the Global Pride livestream to celebrate. 

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