If you haven’t noticed from all the #PrideMonth posts, June is here and we are PROUD about it. This first summery month was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the monumental Stonewall Riots of June 1969. In 2009, President Obama declared June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. Today, hundreds of Pride Events are held across the world to recognize the impact of LGBT people and the history of gay rights and other civil rights movements.
At Something Social we stand for equality and the ability to express yourself freely, openly, and safely. An assortment of brands work to create gorgeous Pride-related products, but not all benefit the LGBTQ community or Pride Month events. This month, we’re taking a look at Miley Cyrus’s Happy Hippie Foundation focused on youth homelessness in the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable populations.
In the past, Happy Hippie has paired up with Gender Spectrum to create support groups for 1,300 transgender and gender-expansive youth and their families, MAC AIDS Fund, to help transgender people living with HIV in L.A. and San Francisco find medical care and housing, and the Zebra Coalition, which offered immediate counseling and support in the aftermath of the June 2016 Orlando Nightclub shooting.
Converse has teamed up with Miley Cyrus to debut the Pride Collection which features a funky matching athleisure hoodie and track pant set as well as a variety of fun Chuck Taylor All Stars, with all proceeds going to LGBTQ youth organizations, including Minus 18, Rainbow Youth, It Gets Better, and her own charity, Happy Hippie Foundation.
The project goes beyond fashion. “I have been a longtime advocate for equal rights, especially for the LGBTQ community,” Cyrus told Vogue. “Converse has always represented self-expression and has no boundaries, so when we were developing this partnership it made sense to have a dedicated line for Pride month.”
Platform sneakers not your thing? Is Aviator Nation already dominating your SoCal loungewear game? The Happy Hippie Foundation offers other ways to contribute to the LGBTQ community through donations or volunteer opportunities. 100% of contributions to the Happy Hippie Foundation are privately funded and directly benefit homeless LGBT youth in need.
Written by our Brand Communications Coordinator, Kaeleigh Morrison.
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