Every Friday The Foundry Home Goods contributes 5% of our total sales to a different community-nominated small-and-mighty cause. In honor of Pride Month, all of our Foundry Giving Friday recipients for the month of June will be honoring the good work of LGBTQIA+ focused organizations... next up: OutFront Minnesota.
OutFront Minnesota was founded in 1987 to fight for LGBTQ+ justice and equity. Over the past 36 years they have worked to ensure that the shared values of liberation and intersectional justice guide their work until full equality under the law and full equity in practice is realized.
The nitty gritty: OutFront MN successfully passed a statewide nondiscrimination law that included sexual orientation AND gender identity as protected statuses in 1993—the first law that included protections for our trans community members. They won marriage by defeating an anti-marriage amendment at the ballot box and passing marriage equality through the legislature in 2013. They ensured that our kids have safe and supportive environments to learn in by passing the Safe and Supportive Schools Act in 2014 and the Trans Toolkit in 2017. In 2023 they passed both the Conversion Therapy Ban and the Trans Refuge Bill. The fight is definitely not over and supporters are needed more than ever.
If you don't need anything from us, please consider contributing directly to OutFront Minnesota here or to their Community Services arm here. If you do find yourself in need of anything from us know that your purchase goes to support good change happening on the community level.
Thanks to Will for the nomination!
If YOU have a worthy cause to nominate for our Foundry Giving Friday initiative, pop on over to our Nomination Page and drop us a line. We're all in this together.