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Love Fund: supporting LGBT charities around the world

As part of the #GayIsOk campaign with All Out in July 2015, Love Soap was sold in over 800 Lush shops globally, emblazoned with the hashtag #GayIsOk.

Although this simple message meant that the soap could not be sold in 100 Lush shops around the world because of anti-gay legislation in these countries, thousands joined the cause and in total 107,479 sparkling gold bars were sold.

Profits from sales of the sparkling gold soap were collected into a Love Fund, which raised £275,955. On social media, selfies and words of solidarity reached 30 million people with direct campaign messages. An additional 40 million were reached after the US Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality came down 24 hours after the campaign's launch.

‘A little sparkly soap goes a long way,’ said Alessandro Commisso from Lush. ‘Thousands of Lush customers, All Out members, VIPs and allies of the LGBT community told the world that #GayIsOK and made this an epic campaign! By purchasing the Love Soap they have given us their trust (and their pounds) to fund grassroots charities and continue to support LGBT rights as human rights, especially where life is not all glitter.’

The Love Fund

Before the closing date of 1st November 2015, LGBT rights groups, collectives, charities and communities working towards equality laws, acceptance and inclusion were nominated for Love Fund grants.

Now, a panel of All Out representatives, Lush staff and independents LGBT activists are choosing which organisations will receive Love Fund grants of £100-£10,000. The panel are particularly focused on helping groups working in areas where anti-LGBT laws are harsh and extreme and where funding is in short supply.

“Time and again we’ve seen how, with enough resources, activists do incredible work to change laws and shift hearts and minds towards full equality,” said Andre Banks, Executive Director and co-founder of All Out, a global organization with over 2 million members. “Too often, activists are isolated and underfunded, but the #GayIsOK campaign has brought a massive new audience to their work also crucial funds to help them succeed.”

Thank you all for your incredible engagement so far. Our hope was to reach into areas of the world and into communities which are normally forgotten, isolated and beyond the usual contacts of Lush and All Out. You spread the word to LGBT groups and individuals, letting them know about the Love Fund grant. Keep on the lookout for updates coming soon!

Lush Charity Pot scheme also continuously supports local and global organisations fighting for human rights. Click here for local Charity Pot funding.

Comments (9)
9 Comments

solidarityfoundation2013

about 3 years ago

Thank you for this great fund. We (www.solidarityfoundation.in) tried to apply - after we made through the first round. We were invited to send in the full application. I tried to file in the form online yesterday. I had filled in all the details and clicked submit However I was unable to submit it and got a message that there was an internal error. I retried today and it says application form not found. May I please request you to send us the application form for us to fill and send back to you? Or could you please send us another link? Since the deadline is around the corner, may I request you to kindly send me this quickly? In solidarity, Shubha (Sorry if this is not the right place to put this in)
Got some of this when it came out ages ago and it's still got a long while to last, would love to get some more though.

elliecarter29

about 3 years ago

Can you still buy this soap?

Iva T._2

about 3 years ago

I'm an ace who used to work for Lush and I love you for doing this. <3

about 3 years ago

Hey guys, went to apply and the page was unavailable, thought I'd let you guys know! <3

Ms Matilda

about 3 years ago

Thank you so much from Russia! We appreciate greatly what you do and keep buying your other products (unfortunately we can't buy the soap cause our government didn't let to sell it here!) You help to make positive changing in the world. Best regards!

Lmgatehouse

about 3 years ago

Where can I buy this?

about 3 years ago

What a lovely cause and a very loving, caring mentality, exactly what we've come to expect from the Lush folk! Thank you for this!

david_charles_cully

about 3 years ago

I've been a LUSH user for many years and think this is an amazing gesture on your part, we have had support in the past with auction prizes, but nothing on this scale Well Done LUSH on supporting the LGBT :-) x