195essential is pledging 30% of the proceeds from their limited-edition Pride shirt to BAGLY, Inc, a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies and services for the LGBTQ+ youth community. The money raised will be used to fund essential services BAGLY has set up to support the LGBTQ+ community during this trying time, along with food, community center supplies, events and programs, outreach, and to support their free health clinic.
For over thirty years, BAGLY’s weekly programming and annual social events have provided safe, supportive, non-exploitative, and culturally competent spaces where LGBTQ+ youth can access social support and services, develop leadership, and build community. Over 3,000 youth ages 22 and under who are LGBTQ+ or questioning their sexual/gender identity participate in BAGLY’s Boston-based programming every year.
“Supporting organizations like BAGLY, Inc is one of the foundations of 195essential’s mission, which is why they were the perfect choice when looking to honor and support the LGBTQ+ community during Pride month,” said Jason Harris, Co-founder of 195essential. “By donating a portion of sales from our Pride t-shirt to BAGLY, we hope to alleviate some of the stresses that they and the LGBTQ+ community face on an ongoing basis, along with issues they are currently facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”