Vans' Loveletters To LGBTQ+ was filmed earlier this year, before the
passing of legendary skater and host Jeff Grosso, who was a champion
for inclusive skateboarding. We believe this message of unity and
equality must be told, and that all voices of the LGBTQ+ community
deserve to be heard. In our Vans family, there is no place for hatred
or bigotry and it is our mission to welcome everyone into the creative
community of skateboarding.
Loveletters to Skateboarding is about the love communities around
the world have for skateboarding; a common bond that is shared
regardless of race, religion, and sexual orientation. This LGBTQ+
episode is a testament to that. In light of the current protests
rocking our nation, this message of unity and equality must always
be championed. The origins of the Pride Movement can be traced to
formative voices from the black queer and trans community, who took
pivotal action for their rights in the late '60s. That's why in honor
of Pride Month, and in addition to using our collective voice to
elevate these impactful stories, Vans is making a donation of $50,000
to the GSA
Network, an organization working to unite trans and queer
youth for racial and gender justice.
The LGBTQ+ Loveletters were the last episodes legendary skater Jeff
Grosso hosted before he passed away in March 2020 - and they were the
ones he was most proud of in the 11 years of the show. Jeff admits, "I
was taught at a young age to speak this way. I have been part of the
problem…but I am trying to change. The last thing I want to do is make
someone feel uncomfortable or make them not feel safe, ESPECIALLY WHEN
IT COMES TO SKATEBOARDING." It is a fitting and timely message from
our dear friend, who believed that skateboarding is for everyone and
all are welcome.
Vans is thankful to everyone who shared their story, strengthening
the community of skateboarding. If you are a person in crisis, or in
need of a safe and judgement free place to talk, call the
now at 1-866-488-7386.