June is Pride month! We believe that LGBTQIA+ representation and increased visibility are essential to the understanding and portrayal of queer individuals.
Books, podcasts and even businesses from the LGBTQIA+ people are all expressions of individuality, freedom and creativity. All of their works offer a wider lens that allows others to understand their background and stories.
This year as we celebrate Pride Month, we’ve created a list of businesses, podcasts, and books to shop, support, educate and uplift the works of the LGBTQIA+ community and to continue to inform and raise cultural awareness.
Beauty, home, and fashion businesses:
- Freck Beauty
- A clean beauty brand that makes “innovative skincare and cosmetics with top quality ingredients and packaging that makes you feel seen and sexy.”
- A queer-owned and cruelty-free beauty company that produces makeup for men, women, and everyone in between.
- Volition Beauty
- A clean and queer beauty brand that develops your skincare ideas into the market.
- Suay Sew Shop
- An ethically sourced gay-owned home goods and clothing brand. From super unique clothing pieces to comfy pillows, Suay Sew Shop is the way to go!
- A queer-led business that believes in creating beautiful ethically made home goods.
- For quirky items from jewelry, ceramics, or prints. Otherwild, a queer-identified woman-owned store has got you covered.
- A swimsuit brand that helps others feel comfortable and confident, gender identity aside. From swim shirts to Pride-themed trunks, Humankind’s offerings are for queer people, by queer people.
- Kirrin Fitch
- Dedicated to using sustainable materials, Kirrin Finch sells menswear-inspired shirts designed to fit women, transgender men, and nonbinary people.
- Automic Gold
- A queer-owned business that produces wearable fine jewelry all while prioritizing representation and sustainability.
- A podcast that creates space for queer women and folks of colour rooted in reimagining healing, organizing, and community.
- Adventures in Time and History
- A time-travelling podcast exploring how Europe shaped the western system of medicalization and diagnosis navigated by trans and non-binary people in the present day.
- Stories and conversations about the queer experience today. Prepare to laugh and cry and laugh again.
- A podcast dedicated to deepening the understanding of queer culture and politics while inviting listeners into a conversation about the issues animating LGBTQ+ communities.
- Food 4 Thot
- A podcast discussing sex, relationships, race, identity, and more!
- The queen advantage: conversations with LGBBTQ+ leaders on the power of identity, by Andrew Gelwicks
- an inspiring collection of stories from people whose journeys can affect change for generations to come.
- The Tradition, by Jericho Brown
- A poetic exploration of fatherhood, blackness, identity and freedom.
- Sarahland, by Sam Cohen
- Cohen explores identity, sexuality and relationships through a series of stories about characters named Sarah.
- Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde
- A collection of 15 essays and speeches, that centers on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class that calls for action and change.
Other ways to be an ally:
- Listen to and amplify LGBTQIA+ voices
- Have open and honest conversations
- Speak up when you hear anti-LGBTQIA+ comments and jokes being said around you
- Confront your prejudices and biases, even if it is uncomfortable
- Defend your LGBTQIA+ friends against discrimination
- Believe that ALL people should be treated with dignity and respect
- Don't support misrepresentations of LGBTQIA+ people in the media
- Use your voice and fight against restrictive and oppressive laws
- Donate + show up to support local LGBTQIA+ spaces and organizations
Pride month celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community’s history and culture. It is also an opportunity for everyone to commit to helping this community thrive and work towards full justice and equality for all. As allies, we hope that this list can help you find ways to show up for the LGBTQIA+ community and inspire you to make a difference. If we missed any, let us know here.
Sources:"So You Want to Talk About Celebrating Pride." @soyouwanttotalkabout, 1 June 2020, https://www.instagram.com/p/CPlAL-WngEi/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link.