Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community

From the very beginning, we’ve strived to create a culture of inclusion where every one of our partners and customers feels respected and safe. 

Our commitment to the LGBTQ+ community goes far beyond flying a rainbow flag at our Starbucks Support Center (which we've been doing since 2014). For years, we’ve offered benefits to partners in same-sex relationships, and our Workplace Gender Transition Guidelines support partners who are transgender or considering transitioning. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recognized us as a top employer for LGBTQ+ workplace equality. 

Our dedication to the cause also extends outside of the workplace. In 2012, we endorsed same-sex marriage equality in our home state of Washington. And in 2015 we partnered with the Seattle Police Department to designate our central Seattle stores as safe places where victims of anti-LGBTQ+ violence and harassment can seek help from one of 2,000 partners trained to support LGBTQ+ victims of hate crimes. 



LGBTQ+ partners meet informally, which will go on to become one of the company’s first Partner Networks.


The Pride flag atop our Seattle headquarters for the first time.


We broaden our health insurance options to include gender-affirming procedures for transgender partners.

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