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Five Ways Starbucks Supports LGBT Community
A relatively recent development from Starbucks that’s made a large impact, but hasn’t gotten a ton of attention: 97 of Starbucks’ Seattle locations will now serve as “safe spaces” for the area’s LGBT community. (This is actually a sixth way Starbucks has shown support for LGBT community.)
Safe Spaces Supports LGBT Community
What does this mean for Seattle’s coffee-loving LGBT community? It means that through a partnership with the Seattle Police Department, 2,000 Starbucks employees will be trained on responding to and supporting LGBT victims of violence, including reporting hate crimes to police. Since the chain is ubiquitous in the area, this means that members of the LGBT community will be able to quickly find a safe place and get the help they need if they experience violence or need to get away.
Acting with courage, challenging the status quo and connecting with our customers and each other, with dignity and respect have long served as Starbucks core values. ~Howard Schultz, CEO
This isn’t the first time Starbucks has taken a very public stance supporting the LGBT community. Here are five other ways the company stepped up to support the LGBT community, even if it caused backlash from customers or stockholders:
1 Supporting Gay Marriage
Starbucks supports LGBT community through marriage equality. Starbucks was instrumental in getting same-sex marriage legalized in its home state of Washington, and when a shareholder pressed CEO Howard Schultz on the company’s stance, he doubled down, telling the shareholder that he was welcome to sell his shares if he didn’t support the company’s progressive stance.
2 Raising the Pride Flag
Starbucks supports LGBT community by raising the Pride Flag. While many companies support the LGBT community, few have done so as prominently as Starbucks: at the company’s headquarters in Seattle, the rainbow flag is proudly displayed to signify the coffee chain’s continued support of LGBT equality, highlighting that the company’s efforts aren’t just an attempt to appear pro-LGBT, but a core value.
3 Advertising to LGBT Audiences
Starbucks supports LGBT community through advertising. Starbucks has also led the way in advertising to LGBT customers, recently collaborating with OutTV to produce a commercial featuring drag queens Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano, both contestants from season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. In the commercial, the two queens sling insults at one another before their lattes smooth things over.
4 Providing Benefits to Same-Sex Couples
Starbucks supports LGBT community by providing same-sex couple health benefits. Starbucks has a reputation for taking care of its employees, providing health benefits and stock ownership even for part-time baristas. Even before gay marriage was legalized, the company provided health benefits to same-sex partners, even while other companies fought to deny those benefits.
5 Health Benefits for Transgender Employees
And speaking of health benefits, Starbucks also received high marks from the Human Rights Campaign for providing health benefits to its transgender employees. This coverage offers equal benefits for transgender employees, without exclusions for medically necessary care. Starbucks supports LGBT community through transgender employee health benefits.
Providing a safe space and ensuring that employees have the resources they need to assist the LGBT community is a huge step forward when it comes to eliminating anti-LGBT violence and harassment. It just adds to Starbucks’ stellar record as an LGBT-affirming company that the community can proudly support.