One of the founders of Stonewall has branded Primark ‘piggybacking bastards’ after it was revealed they did not donate any money from the sale of pride-themed merchandise to LGBT charities.
Activist Jenny White reached out to Primark, asking about their pride-theme merchandise recently.
She wanted to know if they would be donating any of the profits from this range to an LGBT charity or cause.
She eventually received a response, however it wasn’t quite what she was expecting.
— Jenny White (@photo_jenn) August 22, 2017
Primark emailed Jenny saying: ‘We constantly review our preferred charities and are always open to suggestions.
‘In this instance I can confirm that we are not making a donation linked to the sales from the Pride t-shirt range.’
Other corporations pay for their LGBT+ Networks to march on Pride parades, and / or volunteer at events pic.twitter.com/dc83LKmXXt
— Jenny White (@photo_jenn) August 25, 2017
When Lisa Power, co-founder of LGBT charity Stonewall, saw Jenny’s tweet of Primark’s response, she called the company ‘opportunistic piggybacking bastards’, and urged people not to buy their clothes.
— Lisa Power (@alisapower) August 25, 2017
Lisa took particular issue with the company pointing out that they are member of Stonewall in their reply to Jenny.
Primark have been selling many items featuring rainbow flags and LGBT slogans such as ‘#LoveWins’.
They also sold Manchester Proud-themed clothes following the bomb attack on the Manchester Arena.
A Primark spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘We take LGBT rights very seriously at Primark. We are a member of Stonewall, one of Europe’s largest LGBT rights organisations, and we are part of their Global Diversity Champions programme, which aims to ensure all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are accepted without exception in workplaces worldwide.
‘As a large retailer we have an extensive charity programme, both at a national and local level, donating to a variety of charities throughout the year, across all the markets in which we operate. We constantly review our preferred charities and are always open to suggestions. While we have not made a donation for this particular campaign, we are committing to donating to a LGBT charity for next year’s Pride campaign.’