Happy Pride Month! This year is a BIG one, as we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, which were the 1969 riots that kickstarted the LGBTQ rights movement — rights that we are still fighting for today.
Every June, a lot of brands turn their social media profile pictures rainbow and offer limited-edition rainbow-colored products, but let me get on my soapbox for a minute to tell you why I'm not a fan. As much as I love how mainstream Pride has become (how wonderful is it that LGBTQ+ youth can see major household brands support them?!) I do have a problem with brands jumping on the Pride bandwagon simply for profit one month out of the year. Sorry, but you can't throw up rainbow products once a year, pocket the money and be applauded for it. That being said, several companies are using their platforms as an opportunity to show their support and give back to the LGBTQ community. And that is worth applauding. So this year, we put together a Pride Guide of some of our favorite limited-edition Pride products, all of which are donating directly to LGBTQ rights groups to make a difference.
- 1. Legendary Pressed Glitter from Hipdot.com: Created in collaboration with queer artist Hey Rooney, this palette will help you take your Pride look to the next level. Available at hipdot.com for $30, proceeds going toward the Anti-Violence Project Organization
- 2. No Gender Socks by Happy Socks: “Feet have no gender” is the mantra of this special collaboration between Happy Socks and the world’s first gender-free store, the Phluid Project. Available at happysocks.com for $16, 10% of profits to go toward the Stonewall Community Foundation
- 3. For All Fragrance by Kenneth Cole: The brand's first-ever genderless collection, it features three gender-neutral scents, perfect for layering or wearing alone. Available at Macy's for $35 and in honor of Pride, Kenneth Cole is donating $40,000 to the UN Foundation in support of UN Free & Equal
- 4. Love & Pride Wine by Tank Garage Winery: Tank worked with artist Hizze Fletcher to create a powerful queercore label that features a closet door emblazoned with important words and symbols from the LGBTQ+ community for the white wine bottle. The wine itself is tart, crisp, and everything you want in a summertime sipper. Available at tankgaragewinery.com for $36, with proceeds going toward LGBTQ Connection
- 5. Tipsy Elves Pride Collection: Jonathan Bennett, aka Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls, and Tipsy Elves teamed up to launch a charitable Pride apparel collection featuring Mean Girls-inspired tanks with sayings such as “On Wednesdays We Wear Rainbows” and “Get In Loser, We're Going to Pride.” Available at tipsyelves.com for $25, with 10% of sales going to The Trevor Project
- 6. Pride Jewelry Collection from Nicole Miller: These rainbow-colored baubles are perfect for adding that touch of fancy year-round. Available on Amazon for $42, with 10% of sales going to Lambda Legal
- 7. Versa Scout Backpack by Magnolia & Vine: Whether you’re heading out for parade festivities or just enjoying time with your crew, this unisex bag is perfect for holding your essentials with style. Available at mymagnoliaandvine.com for $109.99, with 25% of proceeds going to the Human Rights Campaign
- 8. Pride Satin Dahlia Pin by Fleur'd: Up your suit game with handcrafted lapel pins by Fleur'd. Founder Andrew Werner has launched two rainbow-hued options — one leather and one satin — to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Available at fleurdpins.com, with proceeds of satin pin donated to The Stonewall Community Foundation
- 9. Sour Rainbows by Sugarfina: Giving back never tasted so sweet (and sour!). These delightful candy rainbows are dusted in tart sugar crystals that tickle tastebuds, and make for a great gift. Available at sugarfina.com, with 100% of net proceeds benefitting GLAAD
- 10. Converse Pride Collection: Converse has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ community and their latest Pride collection features a variety of high- and low-top styles that you can customize with details symbolizing LGBTQ and trans pride. Available at converse.com for $60-$100, with contributions supporting their longstanding local and global LGBTQ+ partners, including It Gets Better Project and OUT MetroWest