Happy Pride Month! As we usher in June and celebrations of the LGBTQ+ communities, we want you to know why we celebrate pride.
For us, it comes down to bringing awareness to the shared history of the LGBTQ+ and cannabis communities, social responsibility, and visibility. We are committed to using our platform and our voice for the highest good.
At Kush Queen, you will always be seen, represented, and given space. Here are the reasons why we’ll always celebrate Pride year-round!
The Shared Histories of LGBTQ+ Communities and Cannabis Legalization Progress
As Pride season kicks off, it's time to reflect and celebrate the shared history of cannabis and the LGBTQ+ community and remember how the path to legalization started.
1980s LGBTQ+ activists and change leaders’ fight for liberation and the HIV/AIDS movement led to the beginning of modern cannabis legalization via Proposition 215.
LGBTQ+ community activism led to California adopting the first medical cannabis legislation in the United States in 1996, opening the doors for AIDS patients and many others to gain access to plant medicine.
Simply put, we would not have this progress without the organizing and grassroots efforts led by LGBTQ+ communities. These communities understood the power of coming together for the collective good to increase equality for suffering individuals.
By celebrating Pride, we hope to honor the activists’ spirit and keep their passion for cannabis access alive, shape normalization, and build more equity for LGBTQ+ people in the industry.
Sharing Our Platform With Community Building Partner, Asylum Connect
We believe in, understand, and trust the power of community. Our concept of community and building equity led us to partner with Asylum Connect for the second year.
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.
Every day, 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.
We’ll be donating 20% of the profits from the Pride Collection to Asylum Connect and sharing our platform to raise awareness of their mission to ensure every LGBTQ+ person fleeing persecution knows where it is safe to go for help.
Creating An Equitable and Visible Workplace
One of the biggest perks of being a family-owned and operated business is creating the exact work environment that we wanted and needed when we began looking for employment.
For the members of our community, our family, and the folks just looking in from the outside, we are committed to celebrating all types of love, people, orientations, identities, and diversity.
In our sphere of influence, we are working to improve the livelihood, the perspective, the inclusivity of LGBTQ+ communities within the cannabis space.
For us, that looks like hiring LGBTQ+ people, paying them fair wages, and creating a workplace where you can 100% be yourself and receive organizational support.
We will continue to use our platform to lift communities that have paved the way for Kush Queen.
Join us in celebrating Pride! Shop our 2021 Pride Collection and support Asylum Connect in the process.