As June rolls around, you might have noticed large corporations changing their logos to rainbows, adding the LGBTQ+ acronym to some of their marketing, and overall making it seem as though they are supporters of the LGBTQ+ community. Unfortunately, most of these large companies are doing it only as a cash-grab, a way to lure queer people into thinking that they are allies when in fact they are just looking to cash in on the Pride Month pandemonium.
What is a queer to do? Well, the best way is to support small businesses that are actually owned by queer people, and that is why I made this list!
Note: All of the opinions in this article are my own. I have not been sent products or paid to promote any particular brand. The shops on this list are listed in alphabetical order to minimize any personal bias or favoritism.
- Art by Rachel S – Cartoon and zine artist with a focus on nature and mental health
- Crow and Sparkle – mixed metal and wood jewelry
- Griot Goods – Handmade resin wares, 3D prints, and k*nk items
- KelZo – Queer statement jewellery
- Meg Emiko Art - art and apparel that represents and fights for the QTBIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities
- Minichelle Designs – Pronoun and pride flag buttons and accessories made by a queer Latinx artist
- Not a Phase Shop – Lesbian owned and operated shop that sells LGBTQIA+ items
- Tat2dQuilter – one of a kind scrappy quilts for people and cats
- The Crafty Queer – Art, activism, and more for all your LGBTQ affirming needs
- Twinkle Toe Beans – Cute and kawaii accessories, stickers, water bottles, and more.
- Yas Petit Poulet - art that focuses on exploring queer identities through the lens of science.
- Yerpers – A crafty queer business selling stickers, needlepoint art, and more.