Although the ideal month to celebrate pride is over, you should not stop doing it. It’s warm and almost summer vacation. There’s also a sense of joy. The flowers are blooming! Birds are chirping! We aren’t let down by the ridiculous amounts of pollen in the sky.
There is an opportunity to reflect on the unique challenges that the LGBTQ+ community faces today. You have many options to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, including a parade, donating to a queer advocacy organization, watching a film about the LGBTQ+ experience, and picking up your next summer book at a local queer-owned library.
The best way to honor the LGBTQ+ community and allies is to support small LGBTQ+-owned businesses. However, we don’t believe you have to wait for a special month to shop at these amazing companies. Shopping at queer-owned businesses has no negatives. You’ll support a diverse community and also get something beautiful, useful, and unique for yourself or someone else. This sounds like a win-win situation to us.
We’ve collected our top picks from LGBTQ+-owned businesses to help you get in the spirit of Pride. We have something for everyone, from flattering swimsuits to unique handcrafted baskets to skin products, to exceptional skin products.
The Best LGBTQ+ Businesses and Brands
Andie Swimwear presents the Mykonos swimsuit
We have a great swimsuit for you if you want to celebrate the summer in a suit that flatters every body. Mykonos suits offer one-piece coverage and a flattering plunge neckline. You have four options for color and two options for bottom coverage if you want to be a little cheeky. It can be made from either flat or ribbed material. We’ll take any of these suits, in any color, with over 1300 5-star reviews. You should also check out this LGBTQ+-owned swimsuit business. They are all great.
Minna Oaxacan Basket
We are excited to see you switching to summer decor! This stunning basket will bring the summer sun directly to your home. These baskets are made from dried and dyed palm weed, directly sourced from Oaxaca’s markets. It can be used as a planter, (if you are able to keep one alive), and the pink will look great against any green leaves. To make your bathroom feel like a luxurious hotel, roll up your bath towels and stick them vertically.
Leeway Home Coupe Glasses
A couple of bottles of champagne is a great way to celebrate Pride. These glasses look vintage and will make you feel as if you are sipping champagne in Paris in 1920s. This chic set of glassware was created by Lyle Maltz and Samuel Dumas, who met at Vera Wang. You can rest assured that everything you purchase from Leeway Home will be stylish.
Mary Sue from Equator Coffees and Susan’s Las Rosas Colombia coffee
Summer is the best time to learn how to make cold brew. Equator Coffees makes it easy to make your own cold brew. Equator Coffees, a San Francisco-based woman-owned coffee company that is proud to be LGBT+, offers a home cold brew that takes virtually no effort or skill. Simply add one of the cold brew bags and 32-ounces water to the bag, then let it sit in the refrigerator for 12 hours. Voila! Now you can be your own home barista. You may prefer hot coffee, so a portion of the Mary Sue and Susan’s Las Rosa Colombia blend is donated to the Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Centre.
Aday Free Float Linen Dress
Let’s start by saying that choosing just one Aday item to feature was the hardest task we’ve ever had to do in a while. We could find every single item made by this brand in our coastal grandmother closet. So much linen! There are so many earth tones! You can find all the breathable, flowing fabric you could ever want! This was not an easy decision (check out these tailored pants!) But in the end we chose to bless you with a timeless summer staple: the linen shift dress. How tall are you? What height are you? Which color combination looks best with your skin tone? Doesn’t matter. This dress will make you look amazing. Move over, Diane Keaton.
Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask
Malin + Goetz was established in 2004 by Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz. It quickly became a fixture in high-end hotels, gyms, and homes. Their products have a clean citrus scent that is unmistakable. Their detox face mask is a favorite product. The five-minute mask can be used to cleanse, hydrate, purify, brighten, and even purify the skin. We will never know how it does it in five minutes. But we are here to help.
Alder New York Balancing Oil
Alder New York, a queer-owned skincare brand, claims that its products “are designed to work for every skin type, regardless of your age, gender or ethnicity.” We love their daily serum, which is simple and effective. Hyaluronic acid is a miracle ingredient that can improve all skin types, but it can be quite expensive. This is why we love Alder’s balancing serum — it’s affordable, effective, and balances oiliness and redness for all skin types.
TomboyX The Only Legging
Is it possible to own too many leggings? After a lot of trial and error, we are able to confidently say that no. However, not all leggings can be described as equal. This pair by TomboyX will be your go-to after-laundry day. Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez founded the company with a mission to create underwear that everyone can feel good in. We love everything they make, including swimwear and activewear.
Lockwood Sunhat Packable
Although we don’t mean it to be dramatic, this is the hat that we have been searching for our whole lives. Because they take up so much space, it’s almost impossible to bring a wide-brimmed sunhat with you on vacation. Someone at Lockwood had to fly on a plane wearing a huge straw hat. They thought it was crazy. You can instantly transform this huge beauty into a tiny travel bag. Do we need to say more?
Dr. Botanicals Pride Rescue Butter
Your skin is asking for some body butter after a dry winter. This butter will literally save your skin*. Its name says it all. This tube is small enough to store on your bathroom counter, or in your bag for quick hydration. It is made with a mixture of almond oil, coconut oil and lemongrass. It can be used on your skin, your body and even your face.
Ouisa the Cotton Trouser
Ouisa, a women-owned and LGBTQ+-owned clothing brand that is minimalist in design, combines “the simplicity of French uniform dressing with quiet coolness of New York City fashion style” The wide-leg khaki pants are the hottest item this summer. This pair is our favorite because of the bow detail.