June 1st marks the beginning of Pride Month, in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969.
Pride Month is devoted to celebrating the accomplishments of the LGBTQIA+ community and honoring the ongoing pursuit of equal justice that continues today. Take a look at our list of resources and join us in celebrating Pride all month long.
LGBTQIA+-owned businesses to support:
Rebirth Garments are gender non-conforming wearables and accessories centering around non-binary, trans, disabled and queers of all sizes and ages.
Amalgam is the only black-woman-owned shop of its kind, and the first black-woman-owned comic book store on the east coast, known also for their commitment to representation and inclusion.
Allison and Jamie Nadeau, the wife-and-wife owners of INK MEETS PAPER, are passionate about producing thoughtful, deliberate products that help to spread more love in the world. They believe handwritten communication to be one of the most authentic interactions you can share with someone, aiming to create products that celebrate and uphold the beauty of the handwritten and the handcrafted.
Masculine silhouettes perfected for AFAB bodies. Designed for/by the community.
Awarewolf is an LGBTQIA+ owned and operated clothing and accessories company, that is made by their community and for their community. They pride themselves on their ability to give customers a wide array of styles to choose from.
goodbuy is a small business shopping tool that helps you find small businesses that align with your values within seconds!
The Irreverent Bookworm is an independent, queer woman-owned bookstore offering a wide variety of high-quality used books online and in-store.
Where to eat in New York City and Los Angeles:
Foster Sundry (NYC)
Foster Sundry is managed by wife and wife team Lila Dobbs and Gizella Otterson and is a must-visit brunch and shopping spot. The owner, Aaron Foster, works to maintain a diverse and often queer majority staff both in the FOH and BOH. Every June, the restaurant donates a portion of their FOH proceeds to non-profits that benefit the Trans and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Jewel serves their community with unique and inspired dishes and drinks, with the goal of making everyone feel like themselves. They are a dairy-free and meat-free restaurant featuring local, organic, and sustainable produce whenever possible along with good eggs from happy chickens and local farmers. Most, if not all of their dishes are plant-based and gluten-free or can be made gluten-free.
The Crabby Shack (NYC)
“The Home of The Clobster Roll” and a business owned by Proud Black women. Your destination for all things crab! Join them in Brooklyn for delicious crab, Clobster and lobster rolls, crab legs, and much more.
Fonda Comida Mexicana (NYC)
A relaxed, affordable neighborhood spot, with locations in Chelsea, Tribeca, and Park Slope, that serves exciting contemporary Mexican cuisine. Chef Roberto Santibañez blends care and authenticity with the creative urban flourishes that distinguish the food of his native Mexico City.
Blue Park Kitchen (NYC)
A restaurant that believes deeply in healthful ingredients and responsibly sourced products while still having fun and indulging every now and then. They serve simple recipes with complete nutrition, season after season.
Cuties Coffee (LA)
Cuties is a Black & queer-owned community space providing resources and events, both virtually and in-person, to the LGBTQIA+ community. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Cuties began as a coffee shop and safe space focused on providing queer community and a place to gather that wasn’t centered around alcohol.
Big Gay Ice Cream (NYC)
Big Gay Ice Cream has been named the best ice cream parlor, as well as the best food truck, in the country, as they stick to the old-fashioned, soft-serve ice cream truck experience. They proudly support the Ali Forney Center, which has been making a difference by rescuing homeless LGBTQIA+ youth from the streets and placing them into safe environments since 2002.
Via Carota (NYC)
Via Carota is the West Village trattoria of cherished downtown chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi. Inspired by the 17th-century villa in the hills near Florence which Sodi once called home, Via Carota honors old-world Italian roots, lifestyle, food and décor.
Committed to sustainable agriculture, Superfine proudly features a changing menu reflecting the availability of the freshest ingredients including organic pork & poultry, grass-fed beef, the finest seafood in NYC, seasonal produce from local farmers, and theirown house-made desserts.
What to read:
Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele
Activist-academic Meg-John Barker and cartoonist Jules Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQIA+ action in this groundbreaking non-fiction graphic novel.
We Are Everywhere by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown
A rich and sweeping photographic history of the Queer Liberation Movement, from the creators and curators of the massively popular Instagram account LGBT History.
The first-ever illustrated history of the iconic designs, symbols, and graphic art representing more than 5 decades of LGBTQIA+ pride and activism.
Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers by Ellen Lupton, Jennifer Tobias, and Josh Halstead
Part textbook and part comic book, zine, manifesto, survival guide, and self-help manual, Extra Bold is filled with stories and ideas that don’t show up in other career books or design overviews.
Where to donate:
A non-governmental organization that has been contributing to raising LGBTIA+ visibility since 2016. Their goal is to promote full respect for human rights for LGBTIA+ people in Ukraine and to encourage an appreciation for these rights by raising LGBTIA+ visibility and their participation in social processes.
Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf(RAD) is the national organization for Deaf LGBTQIA+.
Aims to promote a multinational LGBTQIA+ network dedicated to improving health and wellness opportunities, economic empowerment, and equal rights while promoting individual and collective work, responsibility, and self-determination.
Celebrating Two-Spirit, Indigiqueer, and Indigenous LGBTQPAI+ people.
Provides information & support to young LGBTQIA+ people 24/7, all year round.
Sins Invalid is a disability justice-based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and LGBTQ / gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Led by disabled people of color, Sins Invalid’s performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body, developing provocative work where paradigms of “normal” and “sexy” are challenged, offering instead a vision of beauty and sexuality inclusive of all bodies and communities.
Celebrates the journeys, triumphs, and struggles of LGBTQIA+ individuals and Asian and Pacific Islander (API) families and communities.
A collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black trans people wherever they can reach them.
Provides LGBTQIA+ human rights research and documentation to activists in six regions of the world.
Protects and defends the human rights of Black transgender people through organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting their collective power.
The nation’s leading LGBTQIA+ and HIV-positive immigrant rights organization. Through direct legal services, policy advocacy, and impact litigation, they advocate for immigrants and families facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.
APIQWTC is a fun, welcoming, multi-generational group of Asian & Pacific Islander queer women and transgender people in the Bay Area, who are building community together.
GLAD affirms LGBTQIA+ youth and elders, fighting for transgender rights, ending discrimination against people with HIV, and protecting LGBTQIA+ relationships, parents, and families. They work to ensure that our legal strategies to advance LGBTQIA+ equity and equality acknowledge intersecting oppressions and advance other social movements, particularly movements for racial and economic justice.
Rooted in LGBTQIA+ liberation, Howard Brown Health provides affirming healthcare and mobilizes for social justice. They are agents of change for individual wellbeing and community empowerment.
TLC advocates for the specific needs of the TransLatin@ community that resides in the U.S. and plans strategies that improve their quality of life.
TGI Justice project is made up of a group of transgender, gender-variant, and intersex people, inside and outside of prisons, jails, and detention centers, creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom. They work in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen the fight against human rights abuses, imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures, seeking to create a world rooted in self-determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice.
Seeks to reclaim and redefine “the white cube” through amplifying the voices of trans and queer artists of color, community organizing, and mobilization through the arts. In addition to their rotating exhibitions, they also offer classes and workshops to the community for free or low-cost such as PoC figure drawing, grant writing for the people, arts for direct action, and meet-ups for queer and trans creatives of color.