06/03/2011- by Natasia Langfelder
Mega-retailer and my personal favorite place to shop, Macy’s is celebrating Pride Month in a big way this year. Macy’s has dubbed the celebration, which will include events and sales, Pride + Joy.
Macy’s released a press statement saying:
“Macy’s is proud to recognize and honor our LGBT employees and customers during Pride Month with our nationwide Pride + Joy campaign. These festive celebrations and community initiatives showcase our steadfast commitment to inclusiveness in all aspects of our business,” said Corliss Fong, Macy’s vice president of diversity strategies. “During Pride Month and throughout the year, we will remain committed to supporting the LGBT community through a variety of initiatives including our long-standing partnership with the Human Rights Campaign.” [Source]
Macy’s will also be holding events all over the country. The events range from fashions shows and same-sex friendly registry booths to celebrity events with Olympic Skater Johnny Weir, Miss Lawrence from Real Housewives of Atlanta and Pandora Boxx and Alexis Mateo from Rupaul’s Drag Race. These are such awesome celebs to include as they really challenge the traditional rules of gender and are not “family friendly.” Johnny Weir was even excluded from a national ice skating tour because of his deemed “not family friendly” status. So it’s great to see a large mainstream corporation embracing these individuals. Especially when Urban Outfitters and Target have been caught donating money to homophobic politicians. Yes, I know no celesbians were included, but I’ll let that one slide. Hopefully we can get one in next year.
So go to the events! It’s a great place to feel comfortable shopping and to meet other gays. Who knows? Make some eye contact with a cutie and you might even score a date. For a listing of all the events in your area visit: www.macys.com/events.
For more info on their Pride celebration check out www.macys.com/pride