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Liverpool City Region Pride has given me the chance to meet people like me and to celebrate Pride with them. At a time when I was early in my transition and often faced harassment in the street, it was really important to find people who understood what I was going through and wouldn’t turn away at the sight of me. At Liverpool City Region Pride I found a community that embraced me and sought out my company, it helped give me perspective and keep me sane through some of the darkest times in my life.
Co-op’s support for local charities, like Liverpool City Region Pride, makes a big impact on people in the area. Thanks to funding and support, Liverpool City Region Pride stands as a beacon across the North West, to those scared to come out, those depressed and at risk, and those who struggle to accept that there is hope, that the world will come around to us, and embrace us as people of equal value.
Not every business genuinely supports LGBT+ communities
By choosing Co-op* you’re supporting a business that funds great things like Pride events, which provide a sense of togetherness and solidarity.
It’s easy to say your business supports LGBT+ causes and drape yourself in the rainbow flag. It is much harder to fund organisations on the ground, to get involved with real people and real causes, to stand side-by-side with people of different backgrounds, and stand up for the interests and causes outside your own sphere.
Beyond the rainbow
As much as many of us are hesitant to admit, advocacy and charity from large organisations goes a long way towards helping LGBT+ people gain acceptance and visibility. It is only when enough people let us be heard that we can advocate for equal rights, anti-discrimination, fair medical access and the ability to occupy the same status as our non-LGBT+ counterparts. The support from organisations shows that people are on our side and that solidarity is priceless.
Co-op’s support extends beyond being visibly pro-LGBT+, they fund LGBT+ causes across the country and actively advocate for LGBT+ people. The fact that Co-op was the only retailer to speak in Parliament in support of the Equal Marriage Bill shows that it goes beyond a rainbow flag on a logo. I’m glad to see Co-op using their status, money and leverage to help those less fortunate, and to advocate for people like me.
If you’re not already a Co-op Member, become a Member today and choose your local cause like Liverpool Pride to help support your local community. As a Member, when you buy selected Co-op products and services, 1% of your spend goes to your chosen local community cause. You also get 5% back on your Membership card to spend at Co-op too**.
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*Co-operative Group Ltd. has agreed to fund Member Pioneers with £2 million in 2019
**Applies when Members buy selected Co-op branded products and services from selected Co-op Group businesses. 5% to spend on future purchases. Offer not available in independent societies including Midcounties, Central England, Southern or Chelmsford Star co-operatives or in non-Co-op branded stores (such as NISA or Costcutter). Exclusions and restrictions apply see Membership T&Cs at www.coop.co.uk/terms/membership-terms-and-condition