Converse unveils new Pride shoes, including ones with the trans flag

One ofthe new trans pride Converse shoes

Converse revealed brand new sneakers for the 2019 Pride season — and some boast the transgender flag colors of blue, white, and pink.

There are a total of eight new designs, four boasting the traditional rainbow pride colors and another four with trans designs.

Each group comes with two pairs of high tops and two pairs of low tops. The rainbow collection has white and black shoes with various colorful prints and aesthetics.

On the white high top, a rainbow fans out like a flag on the side, while the black high top features a rainbow lightning bolt print. The black low top, meanwhile, has colorful rainbow laces.

2019 Pride Converse shoes

The 2019 Rainbow Converse | Photo: Converse


The trans pride shoes all boast the familiar colors of white, sky blue, and a soft pink. Blue and white are the main colors of the high tops, with the trademark Converse star sporting the trans flag design. The white high top also has pink laces.

If low tops are more of your thing, there’s also blue and white low top styles. On the bottom of the blue low tops, a message reads in black font: ‘Yes to love.’

Converse trans pride shoes

Converse trans pride shoes | Photo: Converse

Converse also did Pride shoes last year, designed by Miley Cyrus.

This year’s Pride sneakers are available now — just in time for Pride season.

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Author: Anya Crittenton

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‘LGBT’ stands for ‘liberty, guns, Bible, Trump’ according to restaurant’s shirts

Food truck's sold out 'LGBTQ' shirt

A BBQ food truck in Kentucky is in hot water after selling shirts with a misguided LGBTQ message.

Belle’s Smokin’ BBQ is located in Williamstown, Kentucky, and known for their ‘Smokin’ Spuds’. Now, people are talking about apparel they sell rather than the food.

Owner Jamie Smith started wearing the ‘LGBTQ’ shirts over a year and a half ago — and then began selling them. When the LGBTI group the Louisville Fairness Campaign posted about them on their Facebook page, however, the backlash began to roll in.

The shirts are black with words in white: ‘I support LGBTQ: Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump, BBQ.’

In reality, the acronym LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning.

The Fairness Campaign’s Facebook post included a screenshot of a now-deleted post by Belle’s promoting the shirt.

They removed the post ‘after #LGBTQ supporters let them know how they feel about their shirt,’ the organization wrote.

Facebook post about wrong LGBTQ shirt

Facebook post about the shirt | Photo: Facebook/Fairness Campaign

Backlash and defense

Smith told the Courier Journal that social media ‘went beserk’ about the shirts. When he deleted the original post, he replaced it with one apologizing to anyone who had been offended.

He defended the shirt, saying they weren’t meant to offend and he had no problem with LGBTQ individuals.

‘It wasn’t intended to single out any individual,’ he said. ‘It takes all kinds to make the world go around.’

Chris Hartman, executive director of the Fairness Campaign, however, disagrees, as the acronym represents the community.

‘The first thing I thought when I saw it was what a bad idea,’ he stated. ‘What a bad business model, to automatically isolate not just a segment of your potential customer base, but all of their family and friends.’

Now he believes action has to be taken, and not just a casual apology.

‘How are they going to be inclusive? Is there going to be a Pride Month barbecue special? The rainbow sliders, or something. At this point, it’s not enough to just say we’re sorry. You actually have to take actionable steps to prove that you’re going to be inclusive.’

Smith is going to keep selling the shirts, which are currently sold out.

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New ad for shaving company casually features a transgender man

A trans man in the Harry's shaving ad

Harry’s Shaving Company, known for its subscription service of shaving products, casually committed to transgender representation in its latest ad video.

The company’s latest video is all about having a choice. Titled Shave, or Don’t, the video goes through reasons for men to choose to shave, or not shave.

‘Back in the day,’ the video begins. ‘Men couldn’t always shave. Back in another day, men had to shave. Somewhere in between is a very nice thing: a choice.’

The voiceover lists the various reasons, and when it says ‘you can shave to feel like you’, a trans man is seen looking into a bathroom mirror putting lotion on a freshly shaved face. His top surgery scars are clearly visible.

This ad comes after the much-discussed Gillette ad, which tackled toxic masculinity.

Gillette’s video challenged men ‘to do more’ and portrayed a diverse lineup of men. Many praised the video for its progressive stance, but many others also criticized it (though they were smacked down by Gus Kenworthy).

Representation matters in all forms

A 2016 study from the Williams Institute at UCLA found that around 0.6% of Americans identify as transgender. This equates to roughly 1.4 million people of the US population.

When people discuss representation, it extends beyond movies and television and books. Seeing oneself in something as commonplace as a commercial can be taken for granted, but this type of universal representation is a big step for transgender people.

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