Omaha Bakery Supports LGBTQ + Community During Pride
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – An Omaha bakery is donating the proceeds of some of its treats to help support the local LGBTQ + community in North Omaha.
During the five years that Sweet Magnolia Bake Shop has distributed goodies in the Omaha area, they have also supported underrepresented members of the community, including during Pride Month.
“I knew from the start that I wanted to run a social business, so it made sense to naturally choose the things that matter most to me,” said Katina Talley, owner of the bakery near 40th and Cuming Street. .
“Each year, we select a non-profit organization in the community that supports the LGBTQ + community to donate the profits from two items that we make for pride, these are the Pride donuts and the Pride bars,” Talley explains.
For the month of June, 100% of the profits will go to Black and Pink, the organization Talley has chosen this year.
“Black and Pink is the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States, and it also happens that we center the identity of LGBTQ + people or individuals who identify as living with HIV and AIDS,” said Dominique Morgan, the executive director of the organization, who is based in Omaha but has chapters across the country. “We try to show people and make sure we can get them out, and once they’re out they stay out and they are supported and they start to thrive,” she says.
The organization seeks to help people like her, a black transgender woman who has spent time in the Nebraska Department of Corrections. Sweet Magnolias funds will go specifically to Black and Pink’s Campus Opportunity.
“Opportunity Campus is what I wish it had been there when I was 13 and in the Douglas County Youth Center and in and out of the youth hostels,” Morgan said. “This space where young people who identify on the LGBTQ spectrum, or young people who identify as living with HIV and AIDS – and this is also a truth in our community – can come and have access to housing. . “
The campus is also delighted to open educational spaces and a library for young people. The 10 apartments managed by the organization are located in North Omaha, where Morgan was born and raised.
“I felt like one of the only ways to be successful as a young CEO was to do this work in Omaha through our philanthropic community,” she said. “The people of Omaha are energized by presenting themselves for the people.”
Talley says the energy shines through every year when her bakery hosts Pride Month sales. “In the past years it was in the hundreds, and last year it was in the thousands. It would be great if we could do it again, ”said Talley.
According to Morgan, supporting local businesses like Talley’s makes them stronger.
“It shows that maybe you don’t want to work for a nonprofit or be an executive director, or all the other ways you can advocate, but you can make changes,” she said. “You can turn things around and change them with your super power. These people are cooking up some of the most amazing things I’ve ever tasted, and because of that, young people all over America are going to have safe housing. and ingrained support for Omaha, and I think that’s the power of community, that’s the power of Omaha, and that’s why I’m still here.
Those interested in getting involved with Black and Pink can visit their website.
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