As we welcome Pride month, it is important to acknowledge the work and legacy of queer black and minority activists. LGBTQ+ Pride Month occurs in the United States to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact queer people have had all over the world.
This has led to a demand for the visibility and economic triumph of minority business owners, makers, and creators, as well as those who exist at the intersection of Black and LGBTQ+ communities. According to digital publication, ScenicNyc, “while it is estimated that all LGBTQ-owned businesses (not just those certified by the NGLCC) contributed a sky-high $1.7 trillion to the economy in 2016, they are among the most hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting cancellation of PRIDE events from which they raked in a substantial portion of their revenue.”
Minority-owned LGBTQ+ businesses are even more vulnerable in this present state of unpredictability. Especially during this time of economic turmoil, which disproportionately impacts LGBTQ+ individuals, as they are more likely to face discrimination in the areas of hiring, firing and wages.
It is important we continue to support queer people of color business owners, endorse, and advocate for them not only to stay afloat but to thrive. Support the following cutting-edge POC LGBTQ+ businesses, brands, and creators to advance their economic empowerment today and every day of the year.
Brownie Points for You produces limited-run products that focus on aesthetics and equal rights. Owned and operated by multidisciplinary artist and writer Rinny Perkins. Perkins is a performer, multidisciplinary artist, and writer; born and raised in Houston, TX, and based in Los Angeles, CA. Her designs hearken back to the 70’s ephemera.
El Nopalito Delivery is a queer Latinx-owned same-day courier service based in Chicago, Illinois. Curated by Mila Johnson Perez the company was born at the height of the pandemic when a lot of Mila’s favorite spots started to shut down due to no foot traffic restrictions. Seeing a lot of cash-only spots going out of businesses along with the south and west side communities, and aiming to keep the safety of the community intact, the company started with a mission to feed folks and connect impacted families to organic produce. Check out their Instagram here!
HauteButch is a queer black-owned brand, founded in 2012 by Karen Roberts & Danette Sheppard-Vaughn. They produce gender-neutral masculine-inspired androgynous clothing. The retailer offers a dignified customer journey, and since opening, they have expanded their products to include virtual consultations, plus sizes, international shipping, and so much more. Check out their store and Instagram!
Bye Gender, formerly known as Werk Those Pecs and Trans is Beautiful Apparel, was founded in 2012. Bye Gender is a community-based organization missioned to help trans individuals access funding for gender-affirming surgeries. Check out their Instagram, here!