Throw on your colors, Streamers. Twitch has geared up for Pride Month with the release of new Pride-themed emotes, fundraising for LGBTQ+ charities, and featuring of LGBTQ+ members from within its community each day of June.
Twitch will also take part in this year’s Pride parade in San Francisco and has partnered with It Gets Better to create a video of its staff’s coming out stories to inspire LGBTQ+ youth. That video and the full schedule of featured creators can be seen on the Twitch blog.
“Our community is strongest and our creators make the best content when everyone on Twitch feels like they belong and can be themselves,” said Brittany Brown, the community campaign manager at Twitch. “Since diversity and inclusivity are core principles of Twitch, we have planned an entire month of events and fundraisers dedicated to promoting and maintaining these values.”
Twitch has also partnered with Human Rights Campaign to release a line of t-shirts. Not only do they don the rainbow flag, but there are also designs featuring the transgender, bisexual, and lesbian colors. All profits ($7 per shirt) will go directly to HRC; they are for sale in the Twitch merchandise store.
There are also five new emotes and cheermotes donning Pride colors, and don’t worry about them disappearing after this month–they’re permanent. Like its fundraising t-shirts, the new emotes don the colors of the LGBTQ+, transgender, bisexual, and lesbian flags. The cheermotes feature different animations of the LGBTQ+ flag.
Twitch is hardly the only portion of the games industry celebrating Pride this month. Sony has also released a special Pride PS4 theme that is available to download for free.