Burberry Designs New Rainbow Check To Support LGBT Youth

Christopher's Bailey's final collection is dedicated to "some of the best and brightest organizations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world."

Burberry’s iconic plaid design is getting a colorful upgrade for Christopher Bailey’s final collection: The brand’s outgoing chief creative officer announced on Instagram that he will be unveiling a rainbow check on February 17 during London Fashion Week.

“The rainbow, a symbol of inclusiveness and joy, is celebrated throughout the February 2018 collection,” wrote Bailey.

The 46-year-old who’s leaving Burberry on March 31, also announced that Burberry has made donations to LGBT nonprofits Albert Kennedy Trust, the Trevor Project, and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (IGLA).

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“My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to and in support of some of the best and brightest organisations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world,” he added. “There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength, and our creativity.”

Tim Sigsworth, chief executive of the Albert Kennedy Trust, said Burberry’s donation will have a huge impact in preventing queer youth homeless in the United Kingdom.

“Twenty-four percent of the 150,000 young people facing homelessness in the U.K. identify as LGBTQ after experiencing abuse and rejection just for being brave enough to come out to their families.”

Bailey, who has been in a relationship with British actor Simon Woods since 2009, is the first openly gay executive among the Financial Times Stock Exchange’s top 100 corporations.

Zachary Zane is a writer and activist whose work focuses on sexuality, culture, and academic research. He has contributed to The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and The Advocate.
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