Burberry announces today that it will be cementing its commitment to LGBTQ+ communities through a series of initiatives. The LGBTQ+ rainbow, an emblem for optimism and inclusiveness, will feature prominently across the brand’s February 2018 collection, rooted in the introduction of a new Rainbow check, the latest iteration of Burberry’s most iconic symbol. The Rainbow check pieces in the collection will be available for purchase immediately after the show in London on Saturday 17 February.
“My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to – and in support of – some of the best and brightest organisations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world. There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength, and our creativity.” –Christopher Bailey, Burberry President and Chief Creative Officer
“We are overjoyed with this generous donation and support from Burberry, which will make an incredible difference to preventing LGBT+ youth homelessness in the UK. Twenty-four percent of the 150,000 young people facing homelessness in the UK identify as LGBT+ after experiencing abuse and rejection just for being brave enough to come out to their families. Burberry’s donation will support our ongoing work to provide safe homes and support to young people, grow our youth engagement programme and fund our plans to bring AKT to more cities to reach the most vulnerable people across the country.” -Tim Sigsworth MBE, Chief Executive of the Albert Kennedy Trust
“Burberry’s generous donation will make a transformational difference in growing the Trevor Project’s life-saving work for LGBTQ youth. We are incredibly excited to partner, and with Burberry’s support, we will be able to continue to meet the increased demands for our services.” -Amit Paley CEO/Executive Director, the Trevor Project
“This generous donation will continue to empower efforts to raise the voices of and mobilise LGBTI people, It will help us to support activists as they advocate at the United Nations for repeals of discriminatory laws, equip and train LGBTI human rights advocates in Africa, Asia and Latin America to sustain movements in these regions, to help bring about societal change, and to research laws and attitudes impacting our communities, shining a spotlight on the unequal treatment LGBTI people face the world-over. For all of this, we at ILGA are grateful.” -Ruth Baldacchino and Helen Kennedy, co-Secretaries General of ILGA