- Words Solly Warner
Nike’s 2021 “Be True” collection for Pride features a wide spectrum of nine LGBTQIA+ flags.
With last years “More Colour, More Pride” flag designed by artist and activist Amber Hikes, the 2021 “Be True” collection is inspired by sport’s setting for radical inclusivity and the strength sport holds when it includes the diverse stories, backgrounds, and orientations of every individual person.
The bright four-shoe collection includes nine interchangeable LGBTQIA+ flag patches that can be applied to the Blazer ’77 Low, the Air Max Pre Day, the All Out Utility Slide and the Infinity React Run 2. The varying shoes all come together to express the value of “diverse representation”. There’s also a full collection of clothing to accompanying the distinct trainers.
Additionally, Nike has partnered with the Human Rights Campaign Youth Ambassador program to further push the advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community. Here Gia Parr shares her experience of transitioning from male to female in her middle school years. “I came out to my parents first, and from there, I slowly came out to other people,” Parr stated. “I came out to my best friend at the mall, which is so random — it’s the little things. Then I remember coming out to my mom’s smaller family on vacation, and then my dad’s family at a reunion, which was, like, a hundred people. I’d say it was a build-up to me coming out to my entire school and pretty much my whole town.”
The Nike 2021 “Be True” collection is set to release on the Nike webstore come June 15.