Pride Month is almost here once again, and there’s plenty to celebrate this year in the global LGBTQ+ community. For example, the U.K. recently released a commemorative coin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride Month, Greece banned conversion therapy on May 11th, 2022, while athletes and public figures have continued to come out and speak their truth.
However, there’s no doubt the LGBTQ+ community still faces several challenges. U.S. President Joe Biden recently warned that hate and violence towards LGBTQ+ people is on the rise, and in many cases, systemic inequality is still forcing them to fight for the most fundamental human rights.
It’s more important than ever to step up and act as allies to the LGBTQ+ community. In honor of Pride Month, show your support by giving some love to LGBTQ-owned brands. According to the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), there are 1.4 million LGBTQ-run companies in the U.S., which collectively account for $1.7 trillion a year in revenue, so there are plenty of opportunities to join in on the fun.
LGBTQ+ Brands to Support for Pride Month
Here are five outstanding brands to support for Pride Month and year-round:
1. Steer Queer
Initially founded in 2014 as a queer arts and literature magazine, Steer Queer has since evolved into a shop and resource dedicated to meeting the needs of trans and queer people and promoting racial justice in the community. The shop offers a variety of queer accessories and jewelry, including this rainbow pride flag necklace that would be perfect for all your Pride Month celebrations.
2. A Tribe Called Queer
A Tribe Called Queer is a Los Angeles-based community organization dedicated to supporting BIPOC and LGBTQIA2S+ people through mental wellness, art, education and more. In addition to offering regular programming and community events, A Tribe Called Queer sells plenty of Pride-approved merch in their shop including tote bags, t-shirts, candles and more.
Chromat is a swimwear brand devoted to empowering people of all shapes, sizes and gender identities. By supporting brands like Chromat during Pride Month (and beyond), you’ll be directly contributing to businesses that champion inclusivity, acceptance and empowerment for the LGBTQ+ community.
Inclusive clothing brand TomboyX was born from the need for high-quality underwear that anyone could feel comfortable in, no matter where they stood on the size or gender spectrum. Today, the company’s founders Fran and Naomi have continued to create inclusive collections of underwear, swimsuits and apparel that empower people in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond to own their unique qualities in a world that’s all-too eager to box people in.
5. Dapper Boi
Offering a line of high-quality, gender-neutral apparel, Dapper Boi is seeking to change the future of the fashion industry by promoting inclusivity and acceptance through clothing. The shop sells everything from joggers to button-ups, so you’re sure to find something you love when you support this LGBTQ+ friendly brand in honor of Pride Month.
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