Primark Slammed For Making Pride Collection In Countries That Criminalize LGBTQ
By Izza Sofia, 12 Jun 2018
Together with other brands like Nike and Shake Shack, Primark too has debuted a Pride merchandise range in support of Pride month.
The company announced that it will be selling the Pride collection across stores in UK, Europe and US. The collection includes t-shirts, caps and accessories and it will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to LGBT charity Stonewall.
The two companies, however, are facing backlash for making the Pride collection in countries where it is illegal to be gay. Primark’s spokesperson said that the products are being made in China, Turkey and Myanmar, with internationally recognized standards.
All three countries are known to have poor records of LGBTQ rights. At Istanbul’s Pride event last year, police were activated to disperse the LGBT activists who defied and marched at the event.
Homosexuals in Myanmar can face punishment up to 10 years in prison, while China clamps down on those who carry out homosexual acts in public.
Stonewall, however, has defended Primark, saying that it is proud to work together with the clothing retailer to champion LGBTQ rights internationally and in the UK. The funding will help to empower the LGBTQ community and other activists in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Caucasus, and South Africa.
The UK Pride organization does not support their movement though. It has expressed its disappointment that the proceeds will not be donated to Pride organizations that help to plan Pride events.
Stonewall is said to attend Pride events, but the organization does not personally organize these. The UK Pride organization further highlighted that Pride organizations struggle each year to raise funds to create public events.
We’re delighted to announce we will be working with Primark on a new range! #ComeOutForLGBT this pride season, with 20% from full-priced Stonewall marked products donated directly to us, to support the work that we do to improve the lives of LGBT people. To check out the range, and see where you can get your pieces, visit— http://www.primark.com/pride-2018
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Glad to see this issue is getting some traction in the mainstream media! Still awaiting an appropriate response from @stonewalluk so far the statement does not tackle the real issues of this whole charade! #lgbt #primarkstonewall #primark #stonewall #pride https://t.co/OS1y52h5ID— Greg Stephenson (@greg2802) May 26, 2018
Seriously do you think it's acceptable that #Primark's #Pride collection is being made in countries where it's #illegal to be #gay @stonewalluk @Primark ?https://t.co/AgoipKRfGq #LGBTQ #China #Turkey #Myanmar— Omar Kuddus (@OmarKuddus) May 24, 2018
I am deeply uneasy about this situation. #Primark has strong ties a number of clothing manufacturing nations such as Bangladesh which is renowned for being anti #lgbtrights. Furthermore local #pride events need our financial support. #pride2018 https://t.co/aEPKWh6TG1— Alex (@NotWayneWright) May 23, 2018
Please don't buy #Pride range from #Primark - they're profiting and giving nothing to Prides.— Jamie Love (@MrJamieLove) May 23, 2018
Prides all around the UK are the product of volunteers working their arses off to make them possible by constant fundraising. pic.twitter.com/TS2dQkRSHi
[via Pink News, opening image via Primark]
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