Oxfam Shops Celebrate Pride
This Pride month, lots of Oxfam shops around the country are celebrating with wonderful window displays - many featuring books by LGBTQIA+ writers.
Oxfam GB is standing with the LGBTQIA+ community as they continue to be under attack in many places around the world.
Building back from the pandemic, let’s push for a better world where all people are accepted, and all voices are heard, as we work for a fairer and safer future without poverty.
This is why supporting LGBTQIA+ people in our work is essential. For example, in Laos, Oxfam is working with local activist partners to build a culture of respect for the fundamental rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. And in Lebanon we’re working with the LGBTQIA+ community and local partners to ensure their needs are considered as they build back from the pandemic and the devastating Beirut blast.
We believe everyone should be treated fairly – regardless of sexuality, gender identity, race, religion, physical ability and ethnicity.
Oxfam Bookshop Royal Exchange Square's shop window in Glasgow.
I wanted something more than love, things have changed over the years, I wanted it to be more than just hearts and love, but more to do with respect. Trans, Non Binary, Gender Fluid, Asexual, Aromantic and many others still struggle with simple things like having to explain who they are because there is so little representation in comparison to cis heterosexuals. We've made a lot of progress, and I look forward to seeing how things continue to get better and better in not just the LGBTQIA+ community but with everyone.”
Hannah Hendry, Shop Manager, Oxfam Bookshop Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow
Here's another lovely example of a fabulously colourful window to celebrate Pride Month. This time courtesy of volunteer Rowan at our Wokingham shop 💚🌈💚
Oxfam Brighton Bookshop
It looks like this all the year round! We’re sandwiched in between gift shops, coffee shops and trendy home shops, so I try to make our shop stand out as best I can. Plus we’re bang in the middle of the main tourist shopping area of Brighton. So another reason for us to be memorable. Lots of people ask if they can take photos of the shop and the feedback we get is really positive.”
Scott Woolgar, Shop Manager, Oxfam Brighton Bookshop
Volunteers Hannah & Delia in the Oxfam Pinner shop, who call themselves the two canaries.
The Oxfam Shop Rustington display.
We wanted a colourful inviting window that recognised Pride month. Lynn, a volunteer, put it together. She made the flowers from old plastic bags 🙂”
Annette Naylor, Shop Manager, Oxfam Shop Rustington
The Oxfam Exeter Pride window display. Photo taken by Shop Manager Donna Gubbins.
Oxfam Shop Alfreton's Pride Month window display.
I was a little unsure about how well a Pride window would be received, but I've noticed lots of people stopping outside the shop to read the messages on the glass, so I'm pleased that it's getting attention and interest”
Jen Peake, Shop Manager, Oxfam Shop Alferton.
The writing on Oxfam Alferton shop's window says, 'Oxfam works to tackle discrimination and inequality, whether on the basis of race, sex, gender or sexuality... 'Equality' must include everyone or it is not equality...We believe respect for human rights will help lift people out of poverty and injustice.'