June is Pride Month and the perfect time to start exploring LGBTQ-owned businesses! Pride started in the United States and is now celebrated worldwide, and the celebration occur partly to create a greater awareness of the LGBTQIA+ movement and community.
Supporting LGBTQIA+ brands helps to create more awareness and visibility which is so important – this provides an opportunity for the youth to see these identities represented if they themselves identify themselves as LGBTQIA+. Another reason to support is that many of these brands/companies give the proceeds of their earnings to non-profit organizations that help the LGBTQIA+ community.
Eager to support but just not sure which brands to shop from? Recess put the list below to help you get started.
Launched in 1995, Equator Coffees focuses on quality, sustainability, and social responsibility. They have been in business for two decades with 9 cafes, online stores and thousands of cups served that help to make an impact.
Tomboy X creates undergarments that fit regular bodies but also how the individual may see themselves. They are filling a void in the market that hasn’t been filled for so long. The idea is that it’s underwear that anybody could feel good in regardless of where they fall in the size or gender spectrum.
Bianca Negron is the founder of Bianca Designs. Featured products include inclusive pride art represented in enamel pins, accessories, and apparel. The style is minimal yet playful and helps to increase visibility as well as representation.
Run by Portland’s marginalized youth, dfrntpigeon helps at-risk youth develop their creative abilities into a prosperous career path. The fashion and lifestyle brand is supported by mentors and a business manager.
Based in Austin, Texas this independent clothing brand helps to support the LBTQA+ community. The goal is to help customers feel comfortable with who they are and flaunt it to the world. The message of self-love and confidence is echoed in their designs and fundraising efforts.
A mission-based beauty brand that creates vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free cosmetics designed for all skin shades and gender expressions. They provide a platform to help amplify the voices of queer and gender-expansive identities. They hope to inspire others by showcasing queer beauty.
Otherwild is a queer-identified woman-owned store. It’s also a design space and event space located online as well in Los Angeles. Founded in 2012, Otherwild has a dedicated community of artists and designers who have a passion to showcase goods made with care.
Gay Pride Apparel encourages consumers to be proud all year round! It is a first-generation Mexican-American & LGBTQ+-owned brand that focuses on empowerment. They offer high-quality products for all identities.
This is a gender-neutral brand that offers everyday clothing for everybody! The line caters to those that have an androgynous style while appealing to all body types. The brand is proud to make people feel comfortable and confident in their own skin.
Founder Marli Washington created the first binders that were designed specifically for gender-affirming chest binding. They come in different styles and are offered in 11 colors. They offer comfortable compression and are also water friendly.
Happy Pride Month!