Converse Pride
by Stephen Garner

This year, as part of its annual Pride collection, Converse has introduced its first-ever sneakers inspired by the trans flag. The collection aims to pay respect to the rebels and heroes who continue to pave the way and to celebrate who we all are as individuals.

In this spirit, Converse is also releasing a new chapter of its “All The Stories Are True” campaign that amplifies the voices of six individuals connected to the LGBTQ+ community. Through powerful portraits and sharing their own words of hope to young LGBTQ+ individuals around Pride, the campaign aims to show the power of expressing one’s true self.

The individuals featured are: Desmond Is Amazing, drag kid and LGBTQ+ advocate; Kristin Beck, retired United States Navy SEAL and trans activist; Alexis Sablone, pro-skateboarder (and CONS Skateboarding teammate) and artist; Felix, a student advocate and nature enthusiast who first connected with Converse through OUT MetroWest; Ayishat Akanbi, UK-based fashion stylist, writer and cultural commentator; and Fran Tirado, New York-based writer and editor/

Converse Pride

Converse’s Pride collection was born out of its LGBTQ+ employee network in 2015 and has since evolved into an annual celebration. This year’s collection translates the significance, the cultural impact and the bravery of 50 Years of PRIDE, through a Chuck Taylor and Chuck 70 and accompanying apparel capsule that is a loud, proud, assertion of true self-expression through a bolt design, and lots of glam glitter. In a nod to the year 1969 – when the Stonewall Riots took place — there are design cues and elements of discovery featured throughout the collection.

 The Converse Pride collection will be available in North America beginning today, Monday May 6th.

In celebration of Converse’s annual Pride collection, contributions are supporting longstanding local and global LGBTQ+ partners, including It Gets Better Project, OUT MetroWest and Fenway Health.

Converse Pride