There are many unsustainable brands that quickly release something with a rainbow for Pride Month and otherwise don’t care about the community at all. We think that’s stupid, of course.
For our colourful and cosmopolitan editorial, who campaign for equality, sustainability and justice in a variety of ways, we were able to win Vice-Miss-Germany and activist Clare and her charming wife Emmily. The two of them model the barefoot shoe with the rainbow flag and Clare talks to us about prejudices, stereotypes, equality and having children, which will soon be on their program.
The shoe is by the way not a limited Pride merchandise item, as you unfortunately see too often, but comes back to the shop every summer. And shows what the company is so committed to: visibility and diversity. The idea of the Pride shoe originated in the community and has inspired so many people that this favourite shoe is no longer a one-off.
The small rainbow flag adorns the left shoe, on the side of the heart, as a symbol of tolerance and acceptance as well as the appreciation of diverse forms of life and not only becomes a place for happy feet, but also makes a statement.
Clare, how did your own outing go, or do you think that is a question that should be asked today?
At some point, in an imaginary future, it would be nice if we no longer have to come out. Right now it is the case that our generation still has to do that so that the generations afterwards may not have to come out.
At some point, in an imaginary future, it would be nice if we no longer have to come out.
I came out when I was 22. Before that, I was also with men, including my ex-boyfriend for a long time. But it was always clear to me that, before I got married, I would like to sleep with a woman, just to know if it wasn’t for me after all.
Then I met my first girlfriend back then and called my parents to tell them that I was in love. My parents were both really happy, then I said: “Her name is Sandy.” Then there was silence for a while. (Laughs.)
But they caught up relatively quickly and now absolutely love my wife Emmily – she is like a second daughter to them. Fortunately, my outing was very relaxed, also among my friends, I believe that many people really have to experience worse things in this regard.
Unfortunately, such an outing does not only take place once in a lifetime, but theoretically you have to come out to other people every day. And that’s a shame, because straight people don’t have to come out either. They don’t have to say in every conversation: “By the way, I like the opposite sex.”
Do you sometimes feel that you have to justify yourself for being queer in front of others?
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