Starbucks support for 2SLGBTQI+ partners and communities

From offering inclusive health coverage, to partner-inspired community investments, to using our voice to advocate in support of equity for the 2SLGBTQI+ community – Starbucks is proud to support and celebrate the 2SLGBTQI+ community every day.

Key highlights and progress

Since the beginning, our partners (employees) have informed and inspired our allyship with the 2SLGBTQI+ community.

1988: Full health benefits for eligible full- and part-time employees, including coverage for same-sex domestic partners, is offered at Starbucks Canada.

2007: Workplace Gender Transition Guidelines are issued at Starbucks Canada to support partners who are transgender or considering transitioning to promote understanding of fair and equitable treatment of transgender and gender-diverse partners.

2014: The Pride Network launches in Canada, becoming the first Partner Network in the country.

2015: Starbucks updates its technology systems to ensure that documentation in stores reflect a partner’s “known as” name or nickname that is consistent with their gender identity or expression.

2019: Starbucks begins offering expanded fertility benefits beyond adoption expenses and launches a new way for partners to self-identify.

2022: Provides pronoun pins for store partners; adds gender affirmation coverage to partners extended health benefits plan.


Score achieved on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for nine consecutive years and twelve overall


Neighborhood Grants awarded to nonprofit organizations supporting LGBTQIA2+ communities


Awarded to support LGBTQIA2+ organizations since 2019 by The Starbucks Foundation

Community partnerships & advocacy

We work with non-profit organizations around the country to provide resources to partners and support allyship.

Starbucks has been proud to partner with the Human Rights Campaign, including in joining their Count Us In Pledge to support visible allyship and commitment to LGBTQIA2+ equality. The Human Rights Campaign strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

Starbucks is proud to partner with Out & Equal to give partners access to additional learning opportunities to help advance workplace inclusion.

At Starbucks we care for our partners. We create experiences where everyone is welcome and respected. We are at our best when we create safe, inclusive environments for people to connect over coffee.

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