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LGBTQ+ Pride Month is celebrated annually in June. It honors the Stonewall Riots of 1969, a tipping point for the gay rights movement. We take this time to support our LGBTQ+ peers and customers. We also acknowledge that there is more to do.

“Room & Board stands firmly with the LGBTQ+ community and condemns the recent challenges to the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals, families and children happening nationwide. All LGBTQ+ people, including transgender people, are entitled to the same freedom and safety as others in our country are guaranteed,” says Nancy Greatrix, Room & Board’s Chief People Officer.

Six San Diego staff members hold a Pride flag in front of the store.

San Diego staff members celebrating Pride in 2021.

Equity and inclusion

Room & Board has provided domestic partner benefits for more than 20 years. Like many things in our company’s history, our policies followed our people. And it is simply the right thing to do.

Exterior photo of our Portland store showing the outdoor furniture and a Pride flag hanging from a railing.

Honoring Pride at our Portland store in 2021.

In 2012, we publicly opposed the Minnesota marriage amendment to ban same-sex marriage. We supported the repeal of the HB2 “Bathroom” law in North Carolina in 2017. And through our Community Partnership program, we volunteer with social service agencies focused LGBTQ+ issues.

“We are proud to have a long history of supporting, celebrating, and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community,” notes Nancy. “Clearly, there is still much work to be done. We will continue giving to nonprofit organizations fighting for LGBTQ+ equality and working to ensure every Room & Board location is an inclusive and equitable environment for all.”

Three staff members from our Chelsea store hold heart-shaped "Yaaas!" signs at a table during a dinner gala.

Chelsea store staff members attended a gala to raise money for the Ali Forney Center. The organization is committed to protecting LGBTQ+ youth from homelessness.

Learn more about the LGBTQ+ organizations we support:

California

AIDS Project Los Angeles

The Center

LGBT Sanctuary

Our Family Coalition

Radiant Health Centers

Colorado

The Center on Colfax

Georgia

Joining Hearts

Illinois

Chicago House and Social Service Agency

Howard Brown Health Center

Minnesota

OutFront Minnesota

New York

Ali Forney Center

Gay Men’s Health Center

Oregon

Q Center of Portland

Texas

Resource Center of Dallas

Washington

Lambert House

Washington, D.C.

Point Foundation

Photos by Room & Board and our staff member photo gallery

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