While it’s challenging to feel hopeful as we’re in the middle of a global pandemic and justice movement, this month (and always) it’s especially important to celebrate Pride and the LGBTQ+ community across the world. 

In honour of Pride Month, we’re highlighting ways you can promote equality and love for the LGBTQ+ community now and forever, because being an ally means supporting and voicing the stories and experiences of others. As citizens worldwide work to be better allies against racism, let’s not forget the LGBTQ+ community needs stronger allies too. Ahead we’re sharing how to get involved, show up, and honor Pride Month. 

P: Products and brands founded or owned by LGBTQ+ individuals
R: Reads LGBTQ+ books
I: Influencers, change-makers, and activists to follow
D: Donations you can make to organizations and charities
E: Education (additional resources to further your Pride knowledge) 

Keep reading for our breakdown of each category. 

P: Products and brands founded or owned by LGBTQ+ individuals 

Alder New York
David J. Krause, COO and co-founder, launched this clean, vegan hair and skincare line for all skin types, no matter your age, gender, or ethnicity. For the month of June, 10% of all Everyday Skincare Set sales will be donated to the Ali Forney Center, whose mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. 

Launched by Sophia Hutchins, Lumasol’s mission is to “revolutionise the way the world views health.” Its starter kit comes with the brand’s proprietary UV protection formula with three vials of SPF 50. It’s also equipped with a lanyard so you can easily travel with your pocket-sized sun protection. 

W3ll People
W3ll People’s plant-based and non-toxic line was co-founded by lesbian makeup artist Shirley Pinkson. For the month of June, the brand will donate 5% of its profits to The Trevor Project

Erdos + Ko
Launched by married couple, John Erdos and Louis Koay,  this online furniture store features everything from rugs, art, bed frames, and more. 

This queer-owned adult shop is your pleasurable stop for playful toys, new experiences, and (sex)ploration. 

More brands to spotlight and support:
Boy Smells
Kiss My Face 
Malin + Goetz

R: Reads LGBTQ+ books

Penguin Random House is showing its support by offering 20% off a selection of Pride reads through the month of June. Use the code READPRIDE at checkout. 

The Stonewall Reader with Foreword by Edmund White

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

I Know You Know Who I Am by Peter Kispert

Read Penguin Random House’s full list of Pride books here

I: Influencers, change-makers, and activists to follow

DeRay Mckesson (host of Pod Save the People)

Patrisse Cullors-Brignac (co-founder of Black Lives Matter)

Laverne Cox (LGBTQ+ advocate and first openly transgender actor to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy)

Janet Mock (writer, director, and producer of Pose)

Lena Waithe (screenwriter, producer, and actress—in Master of None and Westworld to name a couple)

Phillip Picardi (former editor-in-chief of Out Magazine, CCO of Teen Vogue, founder of @them)

Megan Rapinoe (Olympic gold-medalist soccer player and activist) 

Janelle Monae (musician, actress, and activist) 

Michael Sam (first openly gay NFL player)

Billy Porter (theater performer, actor, singer, and advocate)

Sharice Davids (lawyer, former mixed martial artist, and politician)

Ellen Page (actor, activist, and producer—listen to her incredible speech from the Human Rights Campaign’s inaugural Time to THRIVE Conference here) 

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