For the second year in a row, affordable fashion giant H&M has partnered with The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, a non-profit organization that aims to protect and defend the human rights of Black transgender people.
Held this week at H&M locations in Columbus, Ohio and Dallas, Texas, approximately 20 LGBTQ+ students at each event will receive hair, makeup, styling, and a photo shoot in addition to a “fresh and fabulous for fall” shopping spree. Focusing on supporting Black trans and non-binary youth, the events hope to uplift students and instill confidence in advance of the start of the new school year.
“Now more than ever, LGBTQ+ youth, but particularly Black transgender teens and young adults, need our support,” said MPJI Founder and Executive Director Elle Moxley via a press release. “We’ve strategically selected these locations to reach out, to be there for our community in places of the U.S. where attempts to erase the community are growing. Amidst the hate, these events bring a bright spot to our participants, so they feel more than seen, they feel loved, cherished, and celebrated for their inherent value. We are grateful to H&M for their continued support and commitment to serve the LGBTQ+ communities in meaningful ways.”