The Stonewall Uprising — the 1969 catalyst of the modern LGBTQIA2S+ rights movement was a riot against police brutality spearheaded by queer Black and Brown Leaders like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major Griffon-Gracy and Stormé DeLarverie
In New York City, dozens of groups sprang up to address emergent LGBTQIA2S+ issues and, with that, there was a growing need for resourcing. The founders of Stonewall Community Foundation had a solution:
an organization where loss could inspire legacy and the power of individual giving could be amplified
Stonewall Community Foundation came to life in 1990 as a collection of donor funds. As the local landscape evolved, so did their identity.
They embraced a focus on small,
and populations experiencing the greatest vulnerability
They ramped up both their fundraising and grant making; and community participation was carefully threaded throughout their work.
Stonewall Community Foundation funds over
100 non-
a year,
in more than 30 issue areas
They also house five scholarship programs, including the largest in the country created to support LGBTQIA2S+ refugees and asylum seekers.
Their grant making is complemented by intensive capacity building and training programs that equip leaders and the organizations you care about with the tools they need to be effective change agents. These include free consulting, coaching opportunities and monthly workshops.
In all they do,
their priority is making sure
community dollars make
the greatest difference where they are needed most
Stonewall Community Foundation believes in focusing on people who experience the greatest vulnerability in their communities and prioritizing issues causing the most harm in the lives of LGBTQIA2S+ people. With that, they are explicitly committed to: lifting up all communities of colour and transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary people; working to end racism and anti-Blackness; and supporting organizations that serve undocumented immigrants and people involved in survival economies.
Stonewall exists to mobilize resources for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. The Emergency Response Fund is moving resources to the right place, benefiting organizations doing comprehensive frontline work.
The Black Futures Fund elevates and further institutionalizes Stonewall's investments in Black LGBTQIA2S+ leadership and innovation. The Fund advances racial equity by providing grant funding to Black LGBTQIA2S+ leaders.
The LGBTQ Youth Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation makes dozens of grants to organizations and programs serving LGBTQ youth across the United States.
Julie Vu
Julie Vu (she/her) is a content creator, entrepreneur and transgender activist. She has paved the way for so many LGBTQIA2S+ people and has been a beacon of light in the community.
Julie Vu
I want the world to keep an open mind and to extend a hand when we need support. Being an ally means taking a step in the right direction. We can collectively grow together as a society when we open our minds and our hearts.
Julie Vu
I wanted to
become the
person that
I needed
growing up
Somebody had to be courageous, why not me? Transgender people are the strongest people I know.
Julie Vu
I show up authentically myself by being confident in everything I do.
Julie Vu
Proud Today, Pride Forever means embracing everything that you are. You only have one life, live it to its fullest potential. I’m glad I found the courage to become fully Julie Julie wears the Only Slip Dress by Wilfred.
Julie Vu
Sierra Tasi Baker (she/they) is a bisexual Indigiqueer urban design consultant from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and is also xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Kwakwaka’wakw/Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw, Tɫingit, Xaayda (Haida) and Magyar (Hungarian). Her Ḵ̕wa̱la name is "Gesuqwaluck" which means "Creator or Creative one" or “One who carves wealth/the supernatural into the world”.
Sierra Tasi Baker
I am the lead Indigenous Urban Design Consultant at my family practice Sky Spirit Studio (@skyspiritstudio) located in the Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwxw̱ú7mesh Sníchim speaking people’s territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxw̱ú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
We work towards carving
Indigenous spaces
into being,
to revive the original biodiversity
of these lands, to bring back ancestral
ways of life in urban environments
Sierra Tasi Baker
I want to design sustainable,
accessible cities that
celebrate and
uplift joy for
Indigiqueer, Afro-
Indigenous, 2SLGBQTIA+ BIPOC and
marginalized people.
Cities designed for us, by us, rooted in the Indigenous values of these lands, rooted in the ancestral laws of these lands, rooted in land-based community care
Sierra Tasi Baker
I want the next trend to be Indigiqueer and Afro-Indigenous youth getting into design fields and bringing these to life.
Imagine queer spaces designed with
Indigiqueer values by Indigiqueer people to
celebrate our
inherent right to
exist as our
true selves
Sierra Tasi Baker
people have
always been here,
will always
be here 
Indigiqueer people belong to these lands and
belong in the future of these lands
Sierra wears the Smith Blazer and the Command Pant by Babaton and the Tiny Tank by Wilfred Free. Accessories are Sierra’s own. Earrings by Two-Spirit artist Morgan Asoyuf, silver rings by Randy Wisla, heels by Alicia’s Designs, gifted turquoise ring and bracelet.
Shanique Kelly
Shanique Kelly (she/her) is a DJ, event producer, and equity and inclusion consultant. Born and raised on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, also known as Vancouver, BC, Shanique works passionately to carve out community space for folks who exist within marginalized communities.
It’s so important to continue to recognize the work of the Black & Brown trans activists who are the very reason Pride exists as we know it today.
I feel most me when I’m in a community
surrounded by people who
who reflect love and
strength back
to me
My ultimate hope for
the LGBTQIA2S+ community is
I hope we can access healing and authentic self-reflection, so we can show up fully as ourselves without perpetuating the same harmful behaviours.
Proud Today, Pride Forever means
recognizing that
the freedom to
live authentically
is both a
wonderful gift
and a phenomenal
I feel responsible to use what privilege and power I have to advocate for those who have been historically marginalized by societal power structures.
Shanique wears the Winston Sweater Vest and Olive Mini 15” Skirt by Sunday Best. Jewellery is Shanique’s own. Bead necklace from Henni and pendant from Taylor Moon Ceramics.
Lyle Chan
Lyle Chan (he/him) is a model, poet and activist. He’s passionate about fundraising in support of the Asian+ and queer community.
Lyle Chan
I celebrate Asian joy by being unapologetically
Self-expression is an outlet to tell the world who you are as a human being and it’s the best thing about being a part of this community.
Lyle Chan
I hold an intention throughout the day focusing on the good things I love about me.
There’s something
so powerful in
the simplicity
of words
Lyle Chan
Proud Today, Pride Forever is a call to action — it’s about sustainably including LGBTQIA2S+ people into your conversations, your laws and policies and into your lives in order to reflect the world in which we live.
A leader is someone who knows
when to ask for support
and help and when to
step in, speak
up and stand out
Lyle Chan
We’ve come such a long way — I get emotional thinking about it and those lives we’ve lost to get to this point. It gives me hope that things will change for our trans and non-binary and Asian siblings as well.
Lyle wears the Cozy Fleece Boyfriend Cropped Hoodie and the Cozy Boyfriend 6” Sweatshort by Tna.
Kaitlyn Yott
Kaitlyn Yott (she/they) is a Queer Nisga'a, Gitxsan, Nikkei Kanadajin and European settler storyteller and actor on stages and screens across Turtle Island.
Kaitlyn Yott
I have relatives and ancestors who were not able to be who they are, who were not able practice our culture and speak our languages.
It’s my responsibility to celebrate
our resilience
our strength,
forge a path for our current generations to heal and for the next generation to thrive.
Kaitlyn Yott
My grandmother is a survivor of Residential School and my grandfather was interned at the Hastings Race Course. Their spirits are a driving force in my advocacy. 
Storytelling is what I was born to do
I want to tell stories that are honest, forward-thinking and deeply embedded in love for my community. 
Kaitlyn Yott
Proud Today, Pride Forever
means being
fiercely and
We have to actively dismantle the systems that continue to oppress the very people who fought for the rights and privileges we have today. 
Kaitlyn Yott
The power of Queer
is transcendent
Kaitlyn wears the Sculpt Knit One-Shoulder Top by Babaton and the Anthem Short by Wilfred. Jewellery is Kaitlyn’s own. Dentalium earrings are from a Kamloopa Pow Wow vendor.
lgbtqqi2saa+ explained
Stonewall Community Foundation explains the meaning of each letter in the full acronym.
Lesbian refers to same-gender attraction among those who identify as women.
Gay refers more broadly to any same-gender attraction and is most often attributed to same-gender attraction among those who identify as men.
Bisexual refers to individuals who experience attraction to both ends of the gender spectrum. Bisexuality can also refer to attraction to a wide range of gender expressions
Transgender refers to individuals whose gender identity and/or gender expression does not align with their birth-assigned sex. Gender is a spectrum and many trans and non-binary folks fall somewhere in between the ends of the spectrum. This is why it’s always important to ask for peoples’ pronouns.
Queer is an umbrella term representing the wide diversity of gender and sexuality within the broader LGBTQIA2S+ community.
Questioning refers to individuals who are still working out their gender and sexual identities. For many of us, we continue to discover our identities throughout our entire lives.
Intersex is a term used for a variety of situations in which a person is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't fit the standard boxes of “female” or “male.” Intersex people may present anywhere along the gender identity spectrum. Again, always ask for pronouns.
Two-spirit is a term used by many Indigenous peoples to describe themselves or other folks in their communities who fulfill a third-gender or gender-variant role in their traditional Native culture.
Aromantic refers to individuals who may experience sexual attraction, but don’t experience romantic attraction. Aromantic also exists on a spectrum.
Asexuality refers to a lack of sexual attraction to others. Asexuality (like all other identities) exists on a spectrum and those who identify as asexual may still experience romantic attraction.
The + leaves space for all other queer identities and experiences that we’ve yet to uncover or give a name to. Everyone is welcome under the queer umbrella.
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On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Riots sparked a generation of activists that formed a mass civil rights movement. The momentum of those protests lives on in queer communities around the world. This year, in our continuous partnership with Stonewall Community Foundation, we’re shining the light on revolutionary individuals who are paving the new path for the LGBTQIA2S+ community.
1969: Stonewall uprising     •     1970: First Pride parades     •     1978: The Pride flag is born     •     2005: Marriage equality achieved in Canada     •     2011: President Obama revokes “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law     •     2015: Marriage equality achieved in the US     •     2017: Moonlight wins Oscar for Best Picture     •     2017: ‘Billions’ introduces first non-binary character on TV     •     2018: ‘Pose’ features largest transgender cast ever seen on TV     •     1924: The first gay rights group is established     •     1970: First Pride parades     •     1978: The Pride flag is born     •     2005: Marriage equality achieved in Canada     •     2011: President Obama revokes “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law     •     2015: Marriage equality achieved in the US     •     2017: Moonlight wins Oscar for Best Picture     •     2017: ‘Billions’ introduces first non-binary character on TV     •     2018: ‘Pose’ features largest transgender cast ever seen on TV     •    
1969: Stonewall uprising   •     1970: First Pride parades     •     1978: The Pride flag is born     •     2005: Marriage equality achieved in Canada     •     2011: President Obama revokes “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law     •     2015: Marriage equality achieved in the US     •     2017: Moonlight wins Oscar for Best Picture     •     2017: ‘Billions’ introduces first non-binary character on TV     •     2018: ‘Pose’ features largest transgender cast ever seen on TV     •     1924: The first gay rights group is established     •     1970: First Pride parades     •     1978: The Pride flag is born     •     2005: Marriage equality achieved in Canada     •     2011: President Obama revokes “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law     •     2015: Marriage equality achieved in the US     •     2017: Moonlight wins Oscar for Best Picture     •     2017: ‘Billions’ introduces first non-binary character on TV     •     2018: ‘Pose’ features largest transgender cast ever seen on TV     •    
  • See how Aritzia is committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Real change starts from within.

    Last year we committed to be better. We started by listening — to our people, our communities and you. Because real change starts from within, we’ve been working from the inside out. We’re pushing ourselves every day and are proud to share our DE&I journey with you.

    What does this look like?

    We’ve made steady progress, building upon our $1 million investment to expand and strengthen our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) program here at Aritzia. We’re actively creating a new normal and we’re holding ourselves accountable to it as we continue to listen, learn and take action.

    To date, we’ve taken the following actions:

    • Established an Executive DE&I Committee led by Jennifer Wong, our President and COO.
    • Publicly expressed our support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and our commitment to creating positive change and being part of the solution.
    • Donated $100,000 to Black Lives Matter and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in honour of George Floyd and so many others who have lost their lives to, or been impacted by, racism and discrimination.
    • Implemented mandatory training and education on systemic racism, racial inequality, and social injustice for all current and future members of our team and held additional leadership training in this space, led by DE&I experts.
    • Launched an ongoing partnership with Stonewall Community Foundation as part of our commitment to strengthen our ally-ship to the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Because now and always, Aritzia stands with the queer community, celebrating the power and diversity of its members.
    • Introduced a company-wide DE&I Survey which provided our employees the opportunity to share their thoughts and confidential feedback, to help us gain a deeper understanding of their experiences and feelings in this space.
    • Provided more dedicated resources through our internal channels and held educational sessions and community forums for our people, led by DE&I experts.
    • Introduced more sizes in a considered collection of our most-loved styles across our portfolio of exclusive brands — Babaton Atelier, Wilfred Studio, Tna and Sunday Best.
    • Extended our initial offering of more sizes in Spring/Summer ‘20 to our Fall/Winter ‘20 collection.
    • Closed all of our US boutiques on Friday, August 28, in support of Jacob Blake and racial equality, and to support our people in joining the demand for justice.
    • Became the founding sponsor of the first CJF-CBC RADIO-CANADA Black Women's Journalism Fellowship to provide a paid mentorship career opportunity for a young female journalist. The fellowship aims to amplify Black voices, improve coverage of Black issues and grow future Black media leaders.
    • Leveraged our platforms to demonstrate ally-ship by amplifying LGBTQIA2S+ voices and raising awareness through education.
    • Hired dedicated Diversity, Equity and Inclusion experts to guide our long-term plan and strategy, including a new head of DE&I.

    We’ve come a long way from where we were, and we know we still have a lot of work ahead of us. We’re ready and committed.

    A few things we continue to work on are:

    • Evaluating every aspect of our business to ensure we‘re inclusive, diverse and representative of the communities where we work — from entry-level positions to executive-level positions. Aritzia should always be a place where all people, no matter their colour, creed, race, age or sexual orientation can enjoy successful careers.
    • Bringing together BIPOC and other underrepresented voices across all levels of our company, to provide first-hand perspectives and advice — in order to gain a deeper understanding of how we can improve.
    • Adding more styles and sizing options to ensure that our brands are shoppable for a more diverse range of body types. We recognize that sizing and how we represent it is a timely and important consideration for our clients — both now and in the future — and we continue to learn and evolve in this area.
    • Creating our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy, goals, and roadmaps, to ensure that we continue to grow and evolve in this space.
    • Playing an active role in our society’s journey on reconciliation and healing with Indigenous peoples. We continue to forge relationships with Indigenous groups in the communities where we work and live, and to celebrate International Day of the World’s Indigenous People in August including educational resources for our People to learn more about the imperative history.

    We’re so grateful for our community, and we’re inspired by your fierce determination and drive to create a more just society where everyone is respected, celebrated and we’re all held accountable. We want to keep these conversations going — please reach out at any time through