For the entire month of June, customers shopping at our US and Canada full prices and outlet stores have the opportunity to donate $1 or more at point of purchase* to Rainbow Railroad.
On Saturday, June 25th, 5% of all US and Canada net sales from both online and full price stores** will be donated to Rainbow Railroad.
View the below stories from individuals who have been impacted by the lifesaving work of Rainbow Railroad.
Elton’s work with an LGBTQI+ rights group in Jamaica made him a target of homophobia.
He was attacked by two young men, but luckily he escaped with just cuts and bruises. Men tried to break into his home, shouting homophobic slurs. He feared for his life, and reached out to Rainbow Railroad, telling no one - not even his family - that he was trying to escape.
Now in Toronto, Elton is living his life as an out and proud gay man, and is considering pursuing a master’s degree in education. Elton remembers the first time he walked down Toronto’s Church Street (the city’s gay district) and saw couples holding hands. He reached out to his friend and said, "Let’s hold hands." No one remarked or noticed them, which was a beautiful experience for Elton.
Rania is a true survivor.
Growing up in Egypt, she experienced sexual assaults in the streets and ceaseless violence with no one to turn to for help—not even her own family. As a queer woman who doesn’t conform to typical “feminine” norms, she was a target of the misogynistic and homophobic violence endemic in Egypt.
There was a moment in Rania’s life before she escaped Egypt when she believed she would be killed just for being who she was. But her despair at this realization was accompanied by one of equal outrage and tenacity: she knew she did not deserve to die just because she is a queer woman.
With the help of Rainbow Railroad, Rania escaped to France. She and her young child now live a life free of persecution. For them, even everyday pleasures seem extraordinary.
When Sami and Mehraj met, it was love at first sight. But, living in Azerbaijan, safety and security eluded them.
They were kicked out of their apartment for being gay, and were attacked and severely beaten multiple times. They constantly feared they would be arrested and tortured. For years, the couple tried to escape to a safe country. But each time they tried, they were unable to get the right visas and were forced to return to Azerbaijan.
In 2019, with the help of Rainbow Railroad, the couple was able to escape to Spain. Now, finally safe, they are beginning to pick up the pieces of their lives. They’re talking about getting married and having a family.
Sami and Mehraj now indulge in the ordinary pleasures of life that were so long denied to them, like singing and playing the piano.
Amin was a victim of the horrific anti-gay purge that took place in Chechnya in 2017.
On an ordinary day, armed soldiers stormed into the beauty salon where Amin was working, put a bag over his head and kidnapped him. He was forced into the back of a car and taken to a secret location, where he was beaten and tortured with electric shocks for weeks. While in captivity he contemplated suicide. When he was finally released, his body was broken and covered in purple and blue bruises. His heart was also broken, and his life was in shambles: he lost his family, his friends and his career. With the help of Rainbow Railroad, Amin escaped to Toronto, where he has become an outspoken advocate for LGBTQI+ rights and our work.
*Valid from June 1-30 2022 during store opening hours. Option to donate is available only at Ted Baker full price standalone stores in the US and Canada. Donations not possible outside US and Canada. Not available at Ted Baker’s Bloomingdale’s or Hudson’s Bay concessions.
Not available at Ted Baker outlet stores. Not available online. Donations by cash or card only. Gift vouchers cannot be used to make a donation. Customers may make a non-taxable donation of $1 or more as an add on to their purchase. No purchase required to make a donation.
**5% donation from total sales is valid from 3am EST/12am PST, June 25th - 3am EST/12am PST, June 26th. All donations will go directly to Rainbow Railroad at the end of the of the campaign period in one total sum.
Rainbow Railroad in the United States is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. Registration No. EIN47-4896980.
Rainbow Railroad Canadian Charitable Registration No. 827142530RR0001