Celebrating Pride Month

Posted: Wed. Jun 01, 2022
In celebration of Pride Month, we are showcasing a few examples of how fair trade enterprises support the LGBTQIA+ community!

Support of safe and healthy working environments is crucial to the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) pricinciples. FTF members seek to eliminate all discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, union membership, political affiliation, age, marital, and health status. Members cultivate workplaces that are inclusive, free of any harassment, and include all in decision-making throughout the trading chain.

As a company, FTF member Matr Boomie‘s vision is to create a world that is playful, compassionate, kind, and connected.

They take pride in diversity, and their small but diverse team at their HQ in Austin, TX has amazing LGBTQIA+ representation. They do monthly lunch and learns where they learn more about their team members and also about issues and organizations doing impactful work in the local community. During Pride Month, they have members of their team from the LGBTQIA+ community share their perspectives, experiences, and resources.

“I am blessed to have found an organization where I feel safe and respected bringing my whole authentic self to work.” – Tam Soucy (they, them), Office Manager

“Working at a company that celebrates my uniqueness and individuality as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community is wonderful. I feel empowered through the work I do in supporting marginalized communities across the globe.” -Jon Gonzalez (he, they) Graphic Designer & Digital Content Specialist

FTF member Kahiniwalla believes in the dignity of all, and this month, they are celebrating those in the LGBTQIA+ family.

Together, co-founders Austin and Marita seek to bring awareness and advocate for equality and safe spaces for all, within Kahiniwalla as well as faith communities.

As a bisexual, Austin is particularly interested in the impact of discrimination on the LGBTQIA+ family.

FTF member Fair Anita has a slightly different take on Pride after doing a deep dive with other FTF members and learning more about how LGBTQIA+ communities are criminalized in some countries, including a couple where their artisan partners reside.
It felt disingenuous to wave rainbow flags and whatnot, knowing artisan partners couldn’t be doing the same. You can watch more about their intentionality behind these decisions here.
That being said, Fair Anita unequivocally stands for human rights, and they sell products that can make you feel fabulous year-round, including their popular recycled brass pronoun pins.  Fair Anita is a queer-owned brand.

FTF member WorldFinds is proud to support the LGBTQ+ community throughout the year through the success of their Equality Cause Bracelet.

They donate 15% of sales from these bracelets to the Matthew Shepard Foundation to help fund equality and diversity training initiatives. To date, they’ve donated $4,200 to this cause.

Plus – these three-stranded bracelets also provide opportunities for the talented women artisans in India that make them!

FTF member The Little Market stands with the LGBTQIA+ community’s fight for equality and supports the human right of every person to express their gender identity and sexual orientation.
If you’re looking to make an inclusive statement, their pride-inspired pieces are available this Pride Month — and all year round. The Little Market donates 50% of the purchase price of collaboration candles and bags to This Is About Humanity, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about separated and reunified families and children at the US-Mexico border.
In honor of Pride Month, all funds will support shelters that welcome the LGBTQIA+ community and their families, who are disproportionately affected by family separation and discrimination.

FTF Member World Peaces proactively hires and supports the LGBTQ+ community.

They welcome all into their retail location, working to create an inclusive and welcoming space.

World Peaces also seeks to source products that will help people feel recognized and proud.

The Fair Trade Federation also makes a donation each year on behalf of the FTF community to the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young people under 25.

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