It’s Pride Month, which means we’re shining a special spotlight on the LGBTQ+ community. (And if you’re not totally familiar with events affecting the queer population in the US, we got ya covered. You can learn more about that here.)
We’re also highlighting many LGBTQ+-owned brands, especially small businesses that you may not have shopped before — but definitely should. Plus we’ve got some products with proceeds being donated to charitable causes. Show your support, check ‘em out, and have a happy Pride.
Founded by a femme Caribbean artist based in Atlanta, Sorrel and The Sea crafts soft-cover journals. Each one is hand-folded and hand-bound using a popular ancient Korean technique, and contains 84 pages of blank paper. Write on. ($45, Sorrel and The Sea on Etsy)
Ah, the perfect addition to a backpack or jean jacket (and something Disney fans will adore). Psst...the Walt Disney Company is continuing to show its support for LGBTQ+ communities. It’ll be donating to organizations like BeLonG To Youth Services, Diversity Role Models, and GLSEN. And click here to check out the entire Rainbow Disney Collection. ($9.99, Disney Store)
V Coterie is all about shining a light on people who dedicate their time and efforts to helping others. The brand makes pieces to support those who work in medicine, from dentists to nurses to veterinarians. They’ve also got stethoscope pins showcasing pronouns as part of their Pride-themed collection. ($11, V Coterie)
Oh, and Vans is donating $200,000 to GLSEN, Casa 1, Where Love is Illegal, and Tokyo Rainbow Pride Organizations. You can learn more about its commitment to inclusion here, which includes partnering with LGBTQ+ creators. If you’ve got enough socks, but are looking for more Pride-themed apparel, shop the collection here. ($10, Vans)
This design comes from a queer artist based in New York City who puts a special emphasis on representation, inclusivity, and support for everyone. Each month, 50% of proceeds are donated from ‘Love Knows No Gender’ to a LGBTQ+ foundation. ($11.95+, Bianca Designs Co. on Etsy)
And brighten up your spice cabinet (hi, colorful packaging). You’ll get 10 in total, ranging from chilli lime to everything bagel seasoning. In honor of Pride Month, Spicewalla is donating 25% of proceeds from the sale of this pack to The Campaign for Southern Equality, an organization based in Asheville, North Carolina, that works across the South to promote LGBTQ+ equality. ($54.99, Spicewalla)
Started in 2018, the Phluid Project is a gender-free clothing brand. Its motto is all about wearing what feels good (and about what allows you to express yourself). This tote embodies just that — and so does the entire Pride collection. ($30, The Phluid Project)
This LGBTQ+-owned brand delivers delicious coffee from countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, and Colombia. For every bag sold, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Keller Restaurant Relief Fund, a nonprofit charity supporting hospitality professionals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. ($18, Equator Coffees)
Reminder: families come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and types. And this baby book helps celebrate that — e.g., same-sex parents, or those who don’t necessarily use the titles of ‘mom’ and ‘dad.’ There are pages dedicated to the baby’s arrival, monthly birthdays, big achievements, and more. It’s time to start making (and keeping track of) memories. ($29.55+, Little Pickle Memories on Etsy)
These are sold individually, so you can mix and match colors (or buy them as a matching pair). They’re hand-painted and hand-stamped, so keep in mind production time when ordering (they can take up to 10 days before shipping). ($16+, Wild Fancy Design on Etsy)
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