02 Jul '16, 2pm

on #Pride2016 weekend in #Seattle #NewYork #London

As the Pride flag is raised for the third year at Starbucks Support Center (headquarters) in Seattle, we take a look back at the company's history of LGBT inclusion. In 1996, Len Larsen was a Starbucks store manager when he saw a pink flyer in his store mail promoting the first Starbucks Pride partner event. It was a small gathering in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood of just 15 partners from the Starbucks Support Center and nearby stores. “Starbucks had just about 1,200 stores then, but we were starting to talk about 2,000 stores in the year 2000,” Larsen said. “Starbucks had always been very inclusive, but we realized that we needed to become more organized.” Since then, the Starbucks Pride group grew to thousands of partners, and opened new chapters, including Northern California, New York and Toronto. Starbucks partners marched in Pride parades and organized fundrai...

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