Anti-LGBTQ+ efforts underway in Florida, Texas, and elsewhere play politics with the very lives of gay and transgender youth and deny the existence of LGBTQ+ people. They must be stopped.Read More - What You Need to Know about the Anti-LGBTQ+ Actions in Florida and Texas Read More
When Ben & Jerry's extended full benefits to the partners of employees in same-sex relationships back in 1989, it was a fairly radical move. The general climate in the US wasn't very supportive of LGBT rights, let alone same-sex couples seeking the same recognitions as heterosexual couples.
Fast-forward 26 years, and it's a wildly different situation. After the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down in the 2013 United States v. Windsor decision, the nation saw a whirlwind of action on the issue, as the decision to legalize marriage equality was taken up state by state. With over half the country in support of marriage equality, the stage was set for the Supreme Court to finally make a nation-wide agreement to federally recognize the right for all couples to be legally married. And now here we are, celebrating every couple’s right to marry in every US state.
To celebrate this monumental victory for LGBT rights, Ben & Jerry's has renamed the classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor to "I Dough, I Dough." And who better to tell the story behind our long-standing commitment to ‘Love Who You Love’ than Lisa and Mitch— two employees whose own same-sex partnership was first recognized right here at Ben & Jerry's. We caught up with Lisa and Mitch to talk about the changes they've seen the country go through, what it was like to be able to openly work on LGBT rights with their employer, and why benefits were just the start to a fight that is finally yielding the sweetest flavor of all: equality.
Amidst the rainbow-colored celebrations, it’s important to remember that the fight for LGBT equality isn’t over. The LGBT community still faces discrimination in housing, employment and healthcare, as well as higher rates of outright violence. There’s more work to do to ensure that all LGBT people feel safe and supported in every aspect of life. So spread the love, and continue to be a voice for equality.
Transgender people experience injustice at every level of the broken criminal justice system. We hope you’ll stand with us as we push for transgender rights.Read More - How the Criminal Justice System Has Failed Transgender Americans Read More
This year’s Pride celebration marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Join us in honoring two trans women who were heroes that day and sparked a global movement.Read More - Trans People Changing The World: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Read More
This International Trans Day of Visibility, join us in supporting the Equality Act, which would guarantee equal rights and protection for all transgender people.Read More - Help Us Celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility! Read More
Texas seems to have learned the wrong lesson from North Carolina’s awful anti-transgender bill. A similar bill has been introduced in the Lone Star State and we need your help fighting it.Read More - What You Need to Know About the New Texas Bathroom Bill Read More