Celebrate Pride Month by Supporting These 12 LGBTQ+ Businesses
June is Pride Month and has been celebrated locally, nationally, and internationally for more than 50 years. We acknowledge, support, and uplift individuals from the LGBTQ+ community and recognize key historical figures like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera who propelled a modern movement that continues to have a growing presence all over the world. Whether you’re queer or an ally, celebrating can be as simple as displaying the rainbow colors of the Pride flag or as devoted as showing up to parades and rallies and donating to LGBTQ+ organizations.
Another way to show your support is by shopping at queer-owned businesses, and while we’ve compiled a list below, we encourage supporting ones in your area. And don’t forget: celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ+ community goes beyond Pride Month!
1. Coco and Breezy Eyewear
Founded by twin designers Corianna and Brianna Dotson, Coco and Breezy Eyewear is based in New York City and promotes self-expression through personal style. Whether it’s optical or sunglasses, the brand has left its mark in the fashion industry with their frames and can be found at over 400 fine optical retailers worldwide. With free delivery and returns, you can shop and support the brand without overspending on designer glasses.
2. Pyramid Seven
Based in Chicago, Pyramid Seven produces boxer briefs for individuals with periods and does not associate their products with gender. The brand is all about inclusivity; no matter your gender identity, if you mensturate, their affirming boxer briefs are made for you. Made from breathable, form fitting, and soft fabric, the briefs have an interior pocket to securely place menstrual products like pads and panty liners with a leak resistant feature. Just note that their briefs tend to sell out, so sign up for their newsletter or follow their social media to stay updated on a restock.
3. Rebirth Garments
Rebirth Garments was created by Sky Cubacub with a mission to design non-gender conforming apparel and accessories while challenging mainstream beauty standards that conform to the gender binary. All products are handmade, customizable, and available on the Etsy shop page, and cater to queer and disabled people. The brand also has a zine titled “Radical Visibility: A Queercrip Dress Reform Movement'' for people who’ve been excluded from mainstream fashion to express pride in the intersection of their identities.
4. Automic Gold
Based in NYC, Automic Gold creates size inclusive, unisex, everyday fine jewelry from reclaimed solid gold. They are the only brand to include plus size jewelry in their collection — and it’s radically ethical! Body jewelry, earrings, and rings are just some of the pieces they offer, and you can place a custom order. Looking for a wedding ring? The brand has a collection for those who are ready to pop the question. You get to enjoy free delivery and returns too!
5. Bowtie Behavior
Robin Williams, founder of Bowtie Behavior, created the brand after struggling to find a bowtie that suited their style and budget. Once they learned how to sew their own bowties, they decided to open up shop and design bold and flavorful pieces handmade from high quality fabrics. Their products include pre-tied, self-tie, reversibles, pocket squares, and suspenders. What’s great about their pocket squares is they match the bowtie that you buy them with!
Fluide offers makeup that’s not only vegan, cruelty free, and paraben free but also inclusive to all skin types and gender expressions. To celebrate Pride Month, the brand is currently offering the Otherworldly Pride Collection which includes four goodies: new eight-pan palette, limited edition Pride tee, set of 15 face gems in complementary colors, and Jupiter Universal Gloss. Other ways to save include shopping sets for 25% off and signing up for the newsletter to get 20% off your first order!
7. Non Gender Specific
Andrew Glass, founder of Non Gender Specific, created the skincare brand to cater to all humans regardless of their gender, skin type, and skin tone. Sustainable, vegan, and cruelty free, the brand’s products include creams, serums, masks, fragrances, and more. You won’t find categories separated by men and women, and you don’t have to worry about wasting packaging because the brand uses recyclable glass containers. Everyone deserves a nourishing skincare regimen that isn’t confined by gender norms.
Maapilim is another beauty brand that is gender-neutral with self-care products made from ingredients found in the Mediterranean. Shop for skincare, body, and hair products regardless of your gender identity and enjoy the many nourishing and natural benefits. The brand’s products are also cruelty free and you get free shipping on orders over $75. If you’re a fan, you can sign up for the subscription to get a box full of self-care goodies every two months, a six-month bulk, or a one-time purchase. You save up to 52% when you choose one of the three kit choices!
9. Freck Beauty
As the first freckle cosmetic brand, Freck Beauty was founded to create the perfect freckle. Nasera Alayon is the art director and co-founder of the brand who is also queer. If you’re looking for a bold look or have always wanted to try faux freckles, the Freck OG and other related products is where you should start. The brand also has skincare products like moisturizers and serums. If you want to save, go for the bundles. Once you go with freckles, there’s no going back!
10. Allies of Skin
Being an ally doesn’t just apply to people — beauty products count too! Allies of Skin is for all skin types and sexual identities with products made from reparative and preventative ingredients that provide nutrients for your skin. The brand’s ethos includes: Petra-Certified cruelty free, no silicones, no sulfates, no parabens, no drying alcohol, no phthalates, no PEG-numbered, no synthetic dyes, and no synthetic fragrances. With so much research and care put into the products, there’s no room for doubt when it comes to being cared for and supported by Allies of Skin!
11. Bloom & Plume Coffee
With a catchy slogan, “Thirst Come Thirst Served," Bloom & Plume Coffee is a Black queer-owned coffee shop that’s community oriented and located in Los Angeles. Aside from flavorful lattes and delectable breakfast dishes, merch such as apparel, accessories, and coffee mugs — all designed with the brand’s name, aesthetics, and slogan — are available to buy in-store or online. If you visit, you’ll also get to enjoy a vase of beautifully arranged flowers when sitting at the tables!
Need to cool down for the summer? Coolhaus is a dessert brand that was founded by queer women who wanted to see themselves represented on the shelves. They’ve since produced a ton of high-quality ice cream flavors and plant-based novelties while putting women and the LGBTQ community at the forefront of their mission. Enjoy various exciting ice cream flavors via sammies, cones, pints, and cups and be inspired to become the next generation of diverse founders, leaders, entrepreneurs, and creators!