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Footwear News - - INSIDER - Nia Groce

For over 35 years, Ken­neth Cole has been a sup­porter of the LGBTQ com­mu­nity, and back when it was a very dif­fer­ent land­scape. “Hu­man rights is some­thing we’ve al­ways be­lieved in, and the LGBT com­mu­nity [ex­pe­ri­enced a] lack of ac­cep­tance that was ex­traor­di­nar­ily de­bil­i­tat­ing,” he told FN at the com­pany’s Pride Month event last week. “This [was] at a time when HIV first be­came an is­sue, and then as it be­came per­va­sive, we started see­ing peo­ple dy­ing at rates that were over­whelm­ing. It be­came an op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in some­thing mean­ing­ful and a way to make the busi­ness and the brand and the man equally part of that cru­sade.” At the event, Cole brought to­gether ad­vo­cates, along with Out mag­a­zine and ac­tress Caitlin Kin­nunen.

Ken­neth Cole Pride sneak­ers

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