At Dr. Martens, we celebrate individuality and diversity in all its forms. Each year we support the Pride movement by donating to akt, Albert Kennedy Trust, an LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity. Akt provide safe homes, mentoring and support for young people who have lost their home coming out to their parents or guardians.
LGBTQ+ youth make up nearly a quarter of those aged 16-25 facing homeless and/or abuse at home and as we remain in lockdown, akt has continued to see a high volume of young people needing support. Check out how they’re helping young people in lockdown here.
Alongside this, akt also have an online hub full of resources and advice for tips on how to get help from your council, coming out and wellbeing. You can reach it here.
If you’re LGBTQ+ and aged 16-25, akt have set-up a live online chat system which is available Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm. Find out more about how to access it here.
Alongside working with akt, Dr. Martens supports and donates to the The Trevor Project each year; a US based leading crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization focused on saving young LGBTQ lives. You can read more about them and our support here.
To find out more about how Dr. Martens supports and celebrate the Pride movement each year, check out the following:
Artist DonChristian Jones painted a Pride-inspired mural at our Dr. Martens’ NYC store in Union Square, whilst in conversation with Brooklyn-based Mohammed Fayaz. Check out the mural, and read more here.
In 2018, we spoke to Chella Man, a 20-year-old deaf, genderqueer, Chinese/Jewish artist. We got his thoughts on his art’s recurring themes, advice to his 16-year-old self and his first pair of Docs, here.
“When I think of Pride, I think of chosen families. I think of the crew of gay youth that accepted me as a teenager, the queers of colour that taught me self-worth and community, the Black women that help me with my hair care journey, and I thought of illustrating this crew in my favourite NYC pastime which is chillin’ on a stoop in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.” – Mohammed Fayaz.