REI Supports the Trans Community
Apr 26, 2021
The trans community is facing a sustained and extraordinary attack. Just a few months into 2021, multiple state legislative sessions have already set a record for the greatest number of bills in history aimed to restrict rights for transgender people.
These efforts are not necessary reforms, but a coordinated attack on the transgender community across the country.
Today we are speaking out against efforts to restrict the rights of transgender people in solidarity with the communities, advocates, companies, and legislators working to protect the transgender community. We’ve signed on to a statement with over 80 fellow companies condemning anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.
We remain committed to ensuring that the outdoors, the co-op and society at large are accessible and welcoming to all people—including transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people.
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 20 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 168 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.