This is a call for doing the highest good with what you have.
This is a call for self-care and community care.
This is a call for action.
This is a call for trust.
Pride season 2020 is as close as we are going to get to reliving Stonewall. Our communities are calling out for solidarity and the leaders of every activist movement since then believe that we have everything we need to continue their transformative work.
We cannot let our communities fight alone. Kush Queen believes that communities hold the power for dismantling inequalities. We’ve experienced this progress first hand.
Join us in the shared movement of creating equality.
Why Does Kush Queen Celebrate Pride?
The Kush Queen brand essence We Are Our Community is our guide post, our ultimate truth if we are being vulnerable. Kush Queen started with listening to our community and recognizing the lack of representation in cannabis. Our brand promise ethos starts with we will always treat all individuals with care and respect and promise to use our passion for cannabis to help shape normalization and usage for everyone.
As Pride season kicks off, it's time to celebrate the shared history of cannabis and the LGBTQIA+ community and remember how the path to legalization started. It's time to do the work our brand promise beautifully lays out.
In most states, Cannabis is being considered an essential during widespread pandemic closures. We know the beginning of the progress we experience today was started by marginalized LGBTQIA+ communities.
1980s LGBTQIA+ activist and change leaders’ fight for liberation and the HIV/AIDS movement led to what we know as modern cannabis legalization. We would not have this progress without the work of these overlooked communities’ organizing and grass-roots efforts. These communities understood the power of coming together for the collective good to increase equality for suffering individuals.
By celebrating Pride, it’s our hope to honor the activists’ spirit and keep their passion for cannabis access alive, shape normalization and reverse inequalities.
How Does Kush Queen Celebrate Pride?
Self-Care and Community Care
We can all get wrapped up in fighting for rights, gaining representation, or simply become exhausted from having to explain ourselves that we often forget to practice self-care and community care.
Not because we don’t want it or know that we need to take care of ourselves, but because it's sometimes a radical act.
Saying no to the extra email or endless social scrolling so you can take a before bed soak and sit with your feelings or pushing yourself through the “I don’t want to” self talk to get that workout in because you know giving your mind a rest is necessary is not always easy.
To us “self-care is self-preservation,” and when we are called to be in “brave spaces rather than safe spaces,” taking care is a must.
Audre’s Lorde’s thoughts on self-care remind us that these acts are not indulgent but radical when applying them to daily life. And also reminds us to rely on our communities for support. We cannot do this work alone.
In turn, community care becomes a functioning part of filling our cups and helping fulfill others as well. We thrive when self-care and community care become fully functional.
Kush Queen's Pride 2020 Community Partner
We believe in, understand and trust the power of community. Our concept of community led us to Asylum Connect our 2020 community partner.
Asylum Connect is the first and only digital resource for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and other persecuted LGBTQ+ people. Asylum Connect connects people with affirming communities that can help with essential needs including: medical, mental health, housing, transportation, translation, educational and employment services.
Everyday, Asylum Connect, a community-led non-profit uses digital spaces to facilitate the safe navigation of people fleeing persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
How does Kush Queen support our Pride community partner?
This year, we decided to take a different approach on how we support our community partners.
As a cannabis company, we’ve been turned away and asked not to make public statements about supporting organizations. This “hi, we’ll take your money but don’t promote it” attitude influenced us to stop our support at donations. Even though over the past three years we have donated $30,000.00 between TransLife Line, Born This Way Foundation, Be You TiFul Foundation, and Operation Beagle Freedom; simply donating money is not enough.
Kush Queen is committing $25K in cash and in kind donations during the course of the rest of 2020 to our partner. In addition to monetary donations, we will be using our platform to promote Asylum Connect on our social media, email marketing and websites.
With a community of over 264,000 people, amplifying Asylum Connect’s mission, goals and active campaigns will be a focus point of Kush Queen's Pride messaging throughout this year.
An Invitation To Conscious Capitalism
We believe in the power of elevating humanity through business. When you purchase Pride products from Kush Queen you are empowering positive change for LGBTQIA+ community through Asylum Connect.
Our north star in conscious capitalism is to serve, align and integrate the interests of our community. Join us on this journey of evolving capitalism into a form of good.
Happy Pride to all communities! Kush Queen using this time to honor the shared history of cannabis and standing against social injustice.
Meet The 2020 Pride Collection
Your Pride 2020 moment is here in activism, glitter, and CBD!
Inspired by the shared history of LGBTQ+ and cannabis movements, Kush Queen’s 2020 Pride Collection combines the power of self-care and community care.
Shop the collection and support Asylum Connect's goal in helping LGBTQ+ asylum seekers get connected to a community that can help them.