In honor of Pride Month, Yankee Candle made a $100,000 donation to Rainbow Railroad and collaborated with the global nonprofit to create a limited-edition Love is Love fragrance line to raise awareness of the organization and its mission. Rainbow Railroad provides pathways for LGBTQ+ individuals who are in danger to get out of harmful situations in their home countries. Since 2006, the organization has assisted over 3,100 people in escaping persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. Yankee Candle’s financial support will assist members of the LGBTQ+ community in finding safety through emergency relocation and other assistance.
Dane Bland, Director of Development and Communications at Rainbow Railroad, joined members of OPEN, Newell’s Employee Resource Group for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies, to discuss what it means to be a good neighbor and ally to those in the LGBTQ+ community. While acceptance for LGBTQ+ individuals is at an all-time high, it is important recognize that there is still work to be done to support the LGBTQ+ community and achieve true equality globally. Dane shared actionable insights for supporting equal rights and everyday tools for making members of the LGBTQ+ community feel welcomed and accepted. Respecting individuals’ chosen pronouns, staying educated and informed and being civically active are just a few ways to show kindness and respect for LGBTQ+ individuals during Pride Month and all year long.
To learn more about the partnership and Rainbow Railroad, please visit: https://www.yankeecandle.com/yankeecandlecelebratespride.html and https://www.rainbowrailroad.org/