GLSEN was born from a spark—an idea—an action. That spark became the first GSA (Gender-Sexuality Alliances, also known as Gay-Straight Alliances), an alliance of understanding, support, and safety between a teacher and a student who felt different and targeted.
Today, after over 30 years of leading the movement, GLSEN’s national network is more than 1.5 million strong, with students, families, educators, and education advocates working to create safe schools. Safety in school means being who you are without fear of violence, retaliation, and consequence. It means acceptance and support to learn who you will become while earning the academic education and success every young person deserves, because no young person should have to choose between their wellbeing and education.
We believe in the inherent duty to support causes that amplify and nurture the self-expression, confidence, and well-being of our global community. Spreading this vision through philanthropic and cause organisations like Girls Out Loud—a non-profit dedicated to educating and empowering teenage girls across the UK, with bespoke programs designed to raise self-confidence, emotional resilience, self-assurance, and self-esteem among the country’s most vulnerable young women.
So far, we’ve donated £10,000 to educating and empowering teenage girls through:
Sponsoring bespoke programs designed to raise the self-confidence, emotional resilience, and self-image
Funding 10 teenage girls through its Big Sister Program designed to guide and empower them to find their voice
COMMUNITY IS QUAY
We believe that all people—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or creed—deserve respect, opportunity, and love.
We’re proud of (and have so much love for) our LGBTQIA+ squad. To close out Pride Month we talked to members of Quay’s internal team for a short conversation on why love is key and how you can be an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community beyond Pride Month.
RACHEL, SHE/THEY WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Being able to express who you are. WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship looks like a friend who stand with you through everything, no matter what they are going through.
JAVON, SHE/HER WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Always putting yourself first and ensuring that you are always priority no matter what anyone's opinion is. WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship is fighting for the rights of others and giving a voice to those who are constantly silenced.
MATTHEW, HE/HIM WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Being authentically me and not apologizing for it. WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship is always practising social justice, no matter how big or small it is.
JAZ, SHE/HER WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Expressing yourself. WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship is being included.
JAMES, HE/HIM WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Creating space for me time, which is time spent doing anything that recharges or fulfils me. WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship is reminding yourself that you must always uplift + include others without judgment.
PATTY, SHE/HER WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Loving yourself despite of your faults. WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship is accepting everyone no matter their background or creed and advocating for their well-being when it matters.
ROW, SHE/HER WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Acceptance of my truth and bringing that truth to the forefront. WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship is the privileged lending their voices to amplify those from unheard groups.
JARAD, HE/HIM WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Putting yourself first. Being your true self. WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship is peace and love.
BROOKE, SHE/HER WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Putting yourself first. WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship is standing and supporting others 100%.
JEREMY, HE/HIM WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? It’s more than just loving yourself; it means embracing your true inner beauty without holding back and limiting your potential to fit societal standards. WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship is celebrating not only each other but support for one another.
NYDIA YAMANAKA, SHE/HER WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Self-acceptance. Loving myself flaws and all. We are perfectly imperfect and that's more than ok. WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, an ally listens, an ally celebrates, an ally rallies.
MICHELLE, SHE/HER WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Putting myself in situations that serves me, paying attention to my wants and needs, and taking care of myself even if it's by shopping or simply relaxing. WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship involves supporting others for being themselves.
KAYLEY, SHE/HER WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Being satisfied with who you are despite your flaws/weaknesses and showing as your genuine self, regardless of what others may think is self-love for me. WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship is showing up for the people in my life who are part of a marginalized group and reaching out to others to advocate for them.In honour of Pride Month, we also proudly donated to the following organisations:
In the US, we donated $100K USD to The Trevor Project—the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organisation for LGBTQ young people under 25.
In Australia, we’re donating 100% of proceeds, up to $20K AUD, in the month of June to support Minus18—an organisation that champions for LGBTQIA+ youth through events, education and campaigns.
In the UK, we’re donating £5,000+ GBP to Mermaids—UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charity supporting trans kids + their families.
Now that you’re fresh af, let’s keep things clean. The next step after choosing your pair of Quays is all about care and keeping them A1 from Day 1. Scratches, scuffs, broken arms—thanks, but no. We’ll show you how to up the lifespan of your sunnies and blue light glasses, from proper wiping techniques to protective measures and more. Ultimately, the Quay to preserving your high-quality sunnies just boils down to the proper tools and methods… and fighting the urge to use your top as a lens wipe, no matter how sheer or petal-soft it may be.
How to Clean Glasses
Cleaning your specs should be easy, right? Most definitely—with the right technique. It doesn’t require a ton of effort, just a bit of mindfulness and a brief snapshot of whatnot to do in order to avoid knicks or warped lenses. Let's start by repeating the biggest no-no: using your clothing (or a tissue, for that matter) as a lens cleaner. It’s tempting, yes, and the only available option if you aren’t prepared. But the wrong fabric just swishes oils around, exaggerating smears or—even worse—debris bits that scratch your brand new Quays. We also advise against using household cleaners that aren’t designated for glasses, as they can damage your specs.
Just keep it short and simple with some rub-a-dub essentials: mild soap and water. You can have immaculately clean lenses in four easy steps:
Run a stream of warm water down your glasses. The keyword here is warm since scalding water can damage your lenses.
Add a drop of soap to each side of the lenses, then gently rub it all over your frames. This will help you coat the hard-to-reach spots, such as nose pads, which can become a trap for skin oils.
Thoroughly rinse the soap off your specs.
Gently dry your glasses with a microfiber cloth. It’s that easy!
When you’re out and about, the best tools for cleaning your Quays are a microfiber cloth and lens cleaner.Quay's Tri Fold Cleaning Kitcontains the basics for easy grab + go maintenance: a microfiber cloth, mini screwdriver, cleaning spray, and hardshell glasses case. From there, keeping your lenses tidy and protect will become second nature. Simply spray your lenses on the front and back with the cleanser, wipe away the dirt and grease with the microfiber cloth, and keep your Quays case-side when they aren’t in use.
How to Keep Your Quays on the Chains
Glasses chainswork double duty. They keep your glasses within arm’s reach, plus they enhance your fit. Quay's trend-setting chains come with detachable custom grips and clasps that easily hold your glasses in place. This way, you’ll avoiding misplacing your Quays or losing them to fierce winds on that staff boat outing. With styles for every face shape and fashion statement, chains will keep your specs on hand (and on deck) at all times. Wait, did we say double duty? Make that triple duty. If you’re giving your Quays a break from the chain, put it to use as a mask holder or an accessory by looping it around your neck or wrist. Our chains come in different colors and prints, from metallic to animal print. Here’s an even better idea: keep two chains (or should we say 2 Chainz?) with you at all times.
How to Pick Out the Perfect Case
Chains or not, the rightcases + organizersare non-negotiables. They keep your Quay sunnies and blue light specs safe, pristine, and protected. Although Quay shades include free cases, we created a variety of other options to elevate your steez. They’re easy to forget but crucial for lens care, especially if you’re wondering how to prevent scratches on your glasses or avoid crushing your Quays when you’re playing hard (and hardly working).
A quick tip: place your lenses flush against the case, which feature a luxe velvet lining for scratch-free sunnies. The case also comes in a trifold option, with a collapsible outer shell to keep your precious Quays in mint condition. Got multiple sunnies for every month of summer? No problem. Grab atwo-pieceorfour-piece fold-up caseto securely store your Quays and choose a pattern or color that fits your mood all day, every day. Take the time to shopQuay's cases and chainsand keep your sunnies intact and on point—then get out there and do you.
It's easy to express your selfie when you've got the perfect shades.Quay’s trendy sunglasses come in a wide range of styles for all face shapes and fashion statements, so there's no need to settle for just one pair. Today, we’ll break down the iciest sunnies that enhance your face and your fit. Let's run through the staple sunglasses shapes and see how they can be tailored to your vibe.
Developed for pilots and popular in the ‘70s, the aviator never goes out of style. You'll recognize this retro shape by its definitive brow bar and inverted teardrop lenses. It'll give whatever you're wearing a throwback touch, especially if you’re all about that HIGH KEY life. The black fades are the OG bestselling pair and the luxe metal frame is gorg, plus HIGH KEY comes in different styles. Feeling extra? Get edgy with a shield or navigator pair, then throw on vintage T’s and 501s or your go-to streetwear for the perfect retro-mod vibe.
Cat Eye Sunglasses
We’re suckers forcat eye sunglassesand we aren’t sorry. These retro cool sunglasses were popular in the '60s and they remain universally flattering today. Their signature feline flick adds a distinguished pop to your look, equal parts hipster and hell yes. Pair your purr-fect black cat eye sunglasses with pearls and a little black dress for understated elegance or embrace simplicity with a neutral color palette up top and timeless denim below. Keep your winged cat eye snatched inNOOSAwith a bold injection frame orCOME THRUand show out in these fan fave sunnies.
Haters, be gone. Block out the noise with shields. Instead of the standard lens-and-bridge deal, these sunnies wrap around your face for full panoramic vision (in 4K, not just HD). Shields are loud and tend to suit your inner boss lady, especially when paired with your fave puffer or athleisure. A little sporty, with no reason to say sorry—that’s the shield vibe. Make an entrance with a shield styled the way you want it. For a classic shield sunglass look, pop on HINDSIGHT for sport and spice and everything nice, oversized and savage.
Few shapes highlight your angles like square sunglasses. This style is straight-up universal—ideal for quick errands when you’d rather be undercover and even better when you want to be seen. Want to go big? Opt for AFTER HOURS and blow a kiss to your Quay-approved reflection. For slightly scaled-down sunnies, HARDWIRE your day with a classic injection frame that makes WFH an occasion. Bonus: HARDWIRE is a pair of polarized sunglasses that helps reduce glare, from poolside outing to desert road trips. Seems like a pretty bright idea, agreed?
Circle sunglasses are Quay to the festival-ready aesthetic we’ve always dug. Their shape is iconic and timeless, as common on 60s’ icons as they are on TikTok celebs. For a more modern mood, grab FARRAH, a frameless happy medium with metal studs. For a sleeker look drenched in flower child vibes, spring for JEZABELL, a slightly oversized take on the round. Browse through Quay's iconic sunglasses collection for a sleek pair of shades that feel just right. To see if you've got the perfect fit, play around with our Virtual Try-On Tool!