Airbnb is more than just a bed and breakfast rental or an Experience site. The company wanted everyone to feel they belong and be accepted as who they are. That's why Airbnb created a friendship ring to raise awareness for the Australian LGBTQI community in support for marriage equality where it's not yet legal.
The campaign, "Until We All Belong," was launched on April 3 and allows people all over the world to wear a simple black ring that does not fully form a circle. Designed by Marc Newson, the acceptance rings of Airbnb symbolize the community trying to "close the gap" in gender equality, especially in marriage.
Airbnb states on its website that they see marriage as an important aspect for one person to belong. While most Australians accept marriage equality, the country bans same-sex marriage under the Australian Parliament and was rejected by the High Court of Australia.
The Australian Labor Party supports same-sex marriage, but their members may be free to practice their beliefs as well. The high court did find the term "marriage" constitutes and includes same-sex marriage; therefore, there is no constitutional barrier to the country and its citizens in passing for same-sex marriage in the coming years.
"Openness and belonging are at the heart of Airbnb - it's at the core of what we do every day ... This is an opportunity for people to show their support for marriage equality - not just those within the LGBTQI+ community, but for anyone to make their support for a brother, sister, parent, friend or loved one known," Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said, Mashable reported.
While about two-thirds of the country, consisting of locals and politicians vying for same-sex marriage, wanted to enact the law on marriage again, there hasn't been a significant move yet on the government side. The acceptance ring hopes to promote the need for lawmakers to take a second look at the laws.
The rings are purchased with no profits made as the wearers would only handle the package and handling costs of the item.
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