Rituals say Thank You!

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When we cannot actually be together, nothing beats the wonderful feeling of working together on something good for someone else, however small it may be.

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Rituals Cosmetics doneted 200.000 Rituals goodie bags with products as a small gesture of thanks to all the fabulous doctors, nurses and caretakers of all 80 of the hospitals in the Netherlands. Come into the beautiful world of Rituals.

 

 

 

I hope that you’ll all doing okey!

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To all my readers all over the world, I hope that you’ll all doing okey!

In the space of just a few weeks, our daily lives have changed drastically. It’s unbelievable what this Corona virus has done to all of us. As you all are probably too aware, the world is in the midst of a global pandemic, the Corona virus disease (COVID-19), affected everyone. We’re stuck at home, bombarded by videos of Instagram models working out in their apartments, teaching us how to use pots and pans to increase the effectiveness of push-ups.

We find ourselves in a situation that is both unreal, alien and frightening for all of us. We do not recognize our everyday life or the world around us. And yet we are only standing at the beginning of something we do not fully know the consequences of.

Uncertainty makes us vulnerable. The seriousness makes us anxious. The new everyday life can give us a feeling of powerlessness. Holland is affected along with the rest of the world. Now our most important task is to try to slow down the dramatic development – by following the orders given by the authorities.

We can be grateful that we have political leaders and professional authorities with the courage and knowledge to deal with the situation with honesty and realism. Holland is known as a trust society. Now there is a special need to show each other confidence. Both ensure that everyone takes responsibility for preventing the spread of infection. And for the country’s authorities to make good and wise decisions.

It’s quite a challenge for all of us. When people are uncertain or scared, they feel a great need for human contact. You want to share your story with someone. You want to have familiar faces around you. Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. Let’s make sure together that nobody feels abandoned. Thankfully, even when you can’t visit people anymore, we have many ways to communicate: online, by phone or by post.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all now. With you who are sick and with you who are relatives. With health professionals all over the world, day and night. With those who are experiencing financial loss and fear for the future. To all of you who hold important social functions so that our ‘world’ can function.

To all the children – who may be particularly anxious now – and whom we must take extra care of. And with those who feel the loneliness because our small and large communities are temporarily taken away from us.
Finally, I would like to remind you that everyone needs a little extra kindness during this time. Together we stand in this. And together we will be able to get through what lies ahead.

We urge you all to follow precautionary measures and hope you are all safe! Take care and stay positive.

Love you all, and I hope to bring some joy in this difficult time!

Jean Amr

 

 

 

Love is Love, also in Hungary

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We believe that we are all equal, irrespective of our nationality, religion, gender, age, ethnic background, spoken language, hobbies and opinions. We believe that both hetero- and homosexuals have the right to love the person who is best for them.

A new advertising campaign from Coca-Cola Hungary is causing controversy for showing same-sex love. The ads show several couples lovingly sharing bottles of Coke. One of the ads shows a mixed-sex couple, another shows two women, and the other shows two men. The posters are part of a ‘Love Revolution’ campaign centered around Budapest’s Sziget music festival, which takes place this week.

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Boldog István, an MP from Hungary’s conservative, right-wing party Fidesz which has held majority power in the country since 2010, has said he is boycotting the brand and is encouraging others to do the same. He wrote on Facebook: “Until they remove their provocative posters from Hungary, I will not consume their products! I’m asking everyone!”

István Boldog, who earlier this year called for a ban of the Budapest Pride Parade, is spearheading a petition and boycott against the brand for the posters, calling for their removal.

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But Coke is standing by the ads. The soft drink company said in a press release: “The three different posters feature both hetero- and homosexual couples drinking Coca-Cola. With this we really want to convey a message: our belief that everyone has the right to affection and love; that the feeling of love is the same (#loveislove). Many advertisements – not just Coca-Colaʼs – divide peopleʼs opinions: some like them, some do not. Of course we respect the opinions of others that differ from our own. We believe that we are all equal, irrespective of our nationality, religion, gender, age, ethnic background, spoken language, hobbies and opinions. We believe that both hetero- and homosexuals have the right to love the person who is best for them”.

 

 

 

Rammstein are showing their true colours as LGBTQ allies.

 

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Two members of the German rock band Rammstein kissed onstage in Russia’s capital city Moscow in defiance against Russia’s anti-LGBTQ stance. During a performance of ‘Aüslander’, guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe moved towards each other before kissing each other, to protest the country’s anti-LGBTQ attitudes and laws.

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While homosexuality isn’t illegal in Russia, President Vladimir Putin’s ‘gay propaganda’ law has created a hostile environment for LGBTQ people. On 21 July, a prominent LGBT+ activist was found dead in St Petersburg, having been strangled and stabbed, after her name was listed on a vile ‘gay-hunting’ website.
Elsewhere, in self-governed Russian state Chechnya, gay people have been rounded up and held in modern-day concentration camps, with many of them tortured for information and some even beaten to death.

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Rammstein shared a photo of the kiss, which took place during their song Aüslander, on their Instagram page alongside the caption: “Russia, we love you!”

It’s not the first time the band have shown support for LGBTQ rights on this tour – during a performance in Poland, where they crowdsurfed in a rubber dinghy waving a Pride flag, following the news that LGBT+ people had faced violence during a Pride march in the country.

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The bold statement came after reports that members of Poland’s LGBTQ community hadfaced violence during a Pride march in the country, and most likely an answer to what happened in Białystok, as well as reports of ‘LGBT-free’ zones being promoted by bigots.

Here they come! Waving pride flags and openly supporting LGBTQ people.

Rammstein’s show of support for LGBTQ people has gone down very well with fans of the band. One referring to it as a ‘power-move’ while another said it was ‘heartwarming’ to see.

Rammstein released their latest, untitled album (referred to as Rammstein) in May, and are currently touring in support of the new music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Airlines Inducted as Stonewall Ambassador in Recognition of Ongoing Commitment to LGBTQ+ Community

 

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Today, United Airlines became the first public company to be inducted into Pride Live’s Stonewall Ambassador program in recognition of the airline’s commitment to LGBTQ+ equality, from being the first U.S. airline to fully recognize domestic partnerships in 1999 to the first U.S. airline to offer non-binary gender options throughout all booking channels earlier this year. The honor took place at Pride Live’s Stonewall Day, a celebration for the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots which also included a live outdoor concert produced byiHeartMedia New York.

United Airlines, the first public company to receive this honor from Pride Live

United joins fellow Stonewall Ambassadors including new inductees: The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton; Donatella Versace, Chief Artistic Director of Versace; Bozoma Saint John, Chief Marketing Officer of William Morris Endeavor; Conchita Wurst, global LGBTQ+ activist and recording artist and Stuart Vevers, Executive Creative Director of Coach, Samira Wiley, activist and actor and current members such as Chelsea Clinton, Laverne Cox, Robbie Rogers, Anna Wintour, Geena Rocero and Cleve Jones, among others.

“At United, we recognize, embrace and celebrate the individualism that make our customers and employees unique. We have long believed it’s important to support the LGBTQ+ community by upholding inclusive policies and practices, and are honored to be the first public company recognized as a Stonewall Ambassador from Pride Live along with an extraordinary group of trailblazers,” said Jill Kaplan, president of New York / New Jersey for United Airlines, who represented the company at the induction ceremony along with members of Equal, United’s resource group for LGBTQ+ and ally coworkers. “The United team is committed to doing more than just raising the flag for Pride in June — we’re committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all of our employees regardless of race, color, creed, background, religious belief, origin and/or sexual orientation while contributing to the diverse communities we serve”.

As a social advocacy and community engagement platform for the LGBTQ+ community, Stonewall Day is a day to remember how far we have come and how much work we have left to do to accelerate awareness and eliminate the social intolerance that is profoundly impacting the lives of LGBTQ+ citizens both here and abroad. We are pleased to welcome United Airlines as a Stonewall Ambassador and grateful for their support of Stonewall Day, which brings multi-generational LGBTQ+ communities and allies together to actively advance the Stonewall legacy and the fight for full LGBTQ+ equality.

Diana Rodriguez, Founder of Pride Live

Fully inclusive equal employment, workplace benefits and non-discrimination policies are core to United’s Working Together culture. United has earned a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and named Best Place to Work for eight consecutive years. The airline has also been named a Top Company for LGBT Equality by Work Life Matters magazine. In 2018 and 2019, United was named one of the ‘Best-of-the-Best’ corporations for our commitment to diversity and inclusion across all communities by The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) in partnership with the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) and in May 2019, was honored by DiversityInc with their ‘DiversityInc Top 50′ designation, lauding the airline’s leadership in promoting diversity through a diversity-focused talent pipeline and talent development, leadership accountability and a top supplier diversity program.

 

Every customer. Every flight. Every day

In 2019, United is focusing more than ever on its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers’ best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today’s announcement, United recently announced that luxury skincare line Sunday Riley will make products exclusively for United customers to experience in amenity kits, released a re-imagined version of the most downloaded app in the airline industry, introduced ConnectionSaver, a new tool dedicated to improving the experience for customers connecting from one United flight to the next and made Directv free for every passenger on 211 aircraft, offering more than 100 channels on seat back monitors on more than 30,000 seats.

 

About United

United’s shared purpose is ‘Connecting People. Uniting the World’. They are more focused than ever on their commitment to customers through a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience: Every customer. Every flight. Every day. Together, United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,900 flights a day to 355 airports across five continents. In 2018, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 158 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 779 mainline aircraft and the airline’s United Express carriers operate 569 regional aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines.

For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol ‘UAL’.

Come into the wonderful world of United Airlines.

 

 

 

 

LVMH Group Supports LGBTQ Rights With UN Standards of Conduct for Business Signing

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LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE also known as LVMH, is a French Multinational corporation and coglomerate specializing in luxury goods, headquartered headquartered in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. The company was formed in 1987 under the merger of iconic fashion house Louis Vuitton (founded in 1854) with Moët Hennessy, a company formed after the 1971 merger between the champagne producer Moët & Chandon and cognac producer Hennessy.

The Group controls around 60 subsidiaries that each manage a small number of prestigious brands, 75 in total (like Bvlgari, Céline, Chaumet, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Loewe, Moynat, Jean Patou, to name just a few). The group currently employs more than 83,000 people. Thirty percent of LVMH’s staff work in France. LVMH operates over 2,400 stores worldwide.

Today the LVMH Group’s U.S. Maisons are joining its European members with the signing of the UN Standards of Conduct for Business today. The move will guarantee the human rights of LGBTQ people in all its subsidiaries. Another step towards incluivity.

 All of our employees should be able to be themselves and be considered for their contribution, irrespective of other considerations such as their race, gender or sexual orientation.

Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group executive vice president human resources and synergies

LVMH – which prefers the LGBTI acronym – has already put conducts into effects in companies such as Marc Jacobs, Sephora, Belvedere, Benefit, Fresh, Kendo and Starboard. Chantal Gaemperle, group executive vice president human resources and synergies for the group told WWD, “All of our employees should be able to be themselves and be considered for their contribution, irrespective of other considerations such as their race, gender or sexual orientation”.

By the end of 2019, the conglomerate will roll out its own initiative and worldwide training program discussing both unconscious bias and inclusive leadership. This move joins LVMH’s commitment to LGBTQ-community inclusion which has seen the company use the transgender model Krow Kian in Louis Vuitton womenswear shows and the transgender actor Indya Moore in the B-Blossom jewelry campaign.

The signing of the UN Standards of Conduct for Business will see the following actions be put into place:

Respect the human rights of LGBTQ workers, customers and community members.

Eliminate discrimination against LGBTQ employees.

Support LGBTQ staff at work.

Not discriminate against LGBTQ customers, suppliers and distributors while insisting business partners hold the same standard.

Stand up for human rights of LGBTQ people in the communities where they do business.

LVMH’s designers are already closely tied to the LGBTQ community, which often serves as a source of inspiration. Come into the beautiful world of LVMH.

 

 

 

 

Ralph Lauren Celebrates Pride Month With Rainbow Flag-Adorned Capsule Collection

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Ralph Lauren has released a Pride month capsule collection globally on Tuesday (May 21) featuring a rainbow polo pony.

American fashion house Ralph Lauren is celebrating the LGBTQ+ community with a Pride month capsule this season. The heritage label has reworked staples such as a polo shirt, T-shirt, hooded sweatshirt, cap and a tote bag with a rainbow flag-colored pony logo. The ‘Pride’ collection is unisex and features both adult and children sizes, which are all customizable in true Ralph Lauren fashion.

This Pride month is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 1969, and the collection will raise money for the Stonewall Community Foundation, which supports a network of LGBT+ organisations. The fashion house will be donating 100% of the profits from the T-shirt and 50% from the four other pieces.

Ralph Lauren has a history of supporting the LGBT+ community. The brand has sponsored AIDS Walk New York since 1990 and has also partnered with organisations like the Elton John AIDS Foundation, amfAR, and Harvey Milk High School in New York. The brand featured a same-sex couple in an advert for the first time in March 2019.

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The collection’s lookbook was shot by the American lesbian photographer Cass Bird, who is known for her editorials which challenge and explore societal norms on the ideals of femininity, masculinity and beauty.

Be anything you want to be. And be many things.

Ralph Lauren, fashion designer

The campaign was shot to spotlight various influential people in the community: free-skier, Olympic medalist, and activist Gus Kenworth; Houston Ballet dancer Harper watters; trans writer, comedian, and actress Patti Harrison; photographer and model Jocob Bixenman; trans actress Josie Totah: and Hetrick-Martin Institute graduate program members Evrisha, Tyriq, and Cory.

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Happy New Year

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Yakymour wants to thanx all it readers, for their love and support. We wish all our readers a happy, and most important, a healthy new year.

May all optimistic and beautiful things in live will be yours…. and never stop believing in yourself!

Lots of love

Jean Amr x