Nike’s Pride Month collection is almost here. On June 7th, the Swoosh with launch its 2021 Be True line, which features footwear and apparel, created and inspired by the LGBTQIA+ community.
This year, Nike is furthering inclusivity by looking beyond the rainbow, with the goal to more broadly represent the LGBTQIA+ community, create better visibility and inspire further education. Each footwear silhouette, for instance, will come with a velcro patch and the wearer can select from nine flags of LGBTQIA+ orientations, such as the Modern Pride Flag, Transgender Flag and Pansexual Flag.
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Shoes included in the collection are the Blazer ’77 Low, the Air Max Pre Day, the All Out Utility Slide and the Infinity React Run 2.
Apparel offerings range from t-shirts to hoodies, and ACG trail shorts.
In addition, Nike recognized 18 organizations advancing the LGBTQIA+ community and provided them with a total of $625,000 in donations. Each of this year’s grant recipients are organizations with a focus on advocacy in sports, creating safe spaces and elevating the history of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Plus, the brand is lending its platform to those that are advancing conversations about identity. Gia Parr, Bretman Rock, Ludmilla and Shiho Shimoyamada will be featured in a series of films later this month.
Since 2017, Nike has provided more than $2.8 million in support to LGBTQIA+ causes.