For the fourth year in a row, AE is proud to support the It Gets Better Project by donating 100% of sales of our annual Pride collection to the nonprofit, which uplifts, empowers, and connects LGBTQ+ youth around the world. But inclusivity starts from the inside out, which is why we’re taking this opportunity to reflect on what equality, individuality, and a better future mean to us.
We kicked off our series of guest posts about love, acceptance, and how it really DOES get better with our Global Brand President, Chad Kessler, and have followed up with posts from associates across the country. Now Patrick, a store leader in Louisiana, shares how he has found purpose in his authentic, happy, open life.
Store Leader in Monroe, LA
I love that AE allows me to be open about my life and live authentically. Growing up gay in the rural South was hard, but the ability to marry my husband in 2016 made the long journey worthwhile.
I would tell my younger self to keep fighting because that’s how you get the life you dream of. I was able to make a difference in my life as well as educate my family and create an atmosphere of inclusiveness.
I find my strength in knowing that what I do now could help someone else later. My favorite quote is from Dolly Parton: “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” I am me on purpose and I love my open, happy, authentic life.
Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Share it with #ItGetsBetter @americaneagle to show your support and inspire LGBTQ+ youth around the world!