San Francisco has long been an epicenter for LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance. Uber is proud to call this beautifully diverse city home, and even more proud to call so many of its inhabitants’ partners. Whether it’s a search for a new opportunity or a more open perspective, San Francisco accepts all with open arms. To celebrate San Francisco Pride, Uber engaged a handful of drivers who are passionate about LGBTQ+ issues and “rainbow wrapped” their cars. When you select an uberPOOL, UberX, or UberSELECT ride up until the Pride Parade on Sunday June 25 – you may randomly get one of these rainbow wrapped cars. Uber will match fares from these rainbow rides and then make a free Uber fare donation that matches your fare and send the money to Larkin Street Youth Services, a local non-profit provider of services for young people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco – 50% of whom identify as LGBTQ+. Larkin Street’s Castro Youth Housing Initiative provides 32 housing units to youth experiencing homelessness who identify as LGBTQ+ for up to 24 months, with extensive support services. A story that was shared with Uber is of a driver named Devin. Devin said:
“Growing up in a small town on the East Coast was hard. The atmosphere was very conservative, I felt like I couldn’t be myself and acceptance of the LGBT community was practically non-existent. My entire time growing up, San Francisco was that safe landing place of acceptance. So I finally packed my bags at age 21 and flew across the country, with hardly anything and no job. I’m 23 now, and I just came out to my family a few weeks ago. I was so nervous, but it was well-received and I am happy I can finally be myself. This year Pride has an extra special meaning for me: not only is it my first year participating, but it’s also my first time in my life where I feel safe. When you feel like no one accepts you or loves you, San Francisco Pride reminds you it’s actually the exact opposite.”
For more information about free Uber fare donations, read the Uber San Francisco website.
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