Fun, Fashionable, and Fierce Pride Month 2021
So you may be asking yourself: when is pride month 2021? Each year pride month begins on June 1st and ends on June 30th. It was born to celebrate the LGBTQ (lesbian gay bisexual and transgender) community.
This is the traditional time of year for Pride Parades, pride marches, rainbow flag decor, LGBTQ events, and all kinds of celebrations of and within the queer or gay community. The Human Rights Campaign’s Pride Inside page offers lots of different ideas of how to celebrate, including Spotify playlists, recipes, and family fun.
The History of Pride Month
Pride month is held in June to honor the Stonewall Uprising which began on June 28th, 1969, which was a series of confrontations between police and LGBTQIA+ protestors that took place over the course of six days. Thanks to leader Marsha P. Johnson, the Stonewall Inn was the site of a fundamental shift in activism in the LGBTQ community.
Many other activists and leaders followed in her footsteps, such as openly gay activist Harvey Milk, who was assassinated while serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Thanks to the efforts of those who came before, the LGBTQ community has made great strides in public acceptance and civil rights. Now LGBTQ pride celebrations are widely recognized as a time of joy for the community.
Thanks to this widespread acceptance, many brands and retails have jumped on the bandwagon patterning their goods with rainbow stripe flags ( aka gay pride flags) and progress flags to show their support for LGBTQ people during the celebration of pride.
LGBTQ and Owned Businesses to Support
According to their website, “We have kept it simple: we specialize in well-made button-down shirts for bodies with curves.”
According to their website, “FLAVNT Streetwear is an Austin-based independent clothing brand for everyone within and anyone who supports the LGBTQ+ community. Started with the goal of creating clothes that promote confidence and pride, FLAVNT is all about being comfortable with who you are and flaunting that to the world. We promote this message of self-love and confidence through our designs and actions by supporting the LGBTQ community as a whole, as well as impacting individual lives through our fundraising initiatives.”
According to Reviewed.com, “Founded in December 2013 in Pittsburgh, Steer Queer was first a quarterly queer arts and literature magazine, and now a retail shop run by Cat Conley, a genderfluid jewelry-maker who’s the genius behind this whole operation. Steer Queer’s store is jam-packed with zines, gay jewelry, vintage knickknacks, and more. I fell in love with their jewelry fast—I mean the detailing in some of the wooden rings is impeccable (ex: the Golden Girls rings?!?! love it). The giant They/Them hoop earrings are a mood and you can pick what color you want them made in. You can really tell how much work goes into each piece, which is incredible considering how affordable each of the items is.”
According to their website, “Automic Gold was founded by AL. Al is genderqueer and uses they/them pronouns. They are a jeweller behind Automic Gold collection.
Our calling is making some of the most comfortable and versatile jewelry you can think of inclusive to people of all sizes and all genders.
But what is no less important to us is being visible and outspoken while doing that.”
According to their website, “We Are Fluide is a mission-driven beauty brand that creates vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free cosmetics designed for all skin shades and gender expressions. We believe that makeup is joyful and fun — as well as powerful and transformative — and nobody should be left out.
Through providing a platform and amplifying the voices of queer and gender-expansive identities and through showcasing queer beauty, we hope to inspire others to create their identities on their own terms, opening up possibilities for everyone’s self-expression.”
Ally Owned Businesses for Year-Round Shopping
Best Buy is actually one of the most LGBTQ-friendly big businesses year-round. As of 2021, they have achieved a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC’s) Corporate Equality Index for the 16th year in a row. They even provide an adoption assistance benefit, which is available to LGBTQ employees and provides them with up to $14,080 in adoption expense reimbursement.
Teva really put their money where their values were and launched their 2021 Pride Collection in tandem with a $35K donation to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. According to the brand, “…we hope to empower every member of the LGBTQ+ community and provide a bold platform for movement and self-expression.”
Pride Month 2021 Exclusive Collections
Pride Month Causes to Donate To