LGBTQ+ Businesses to Support During Pride & Always
Unique accessories and t-shirts to cute and practical home goods, we’ve rounded up some small LGBTQIA+ businesses on Etsy to have on your radar. We independently selected these products because we love them, and we hope you do too at these prices. Shop with E! has affiliate relationships, so we may get a commission if you purchase something through our links. Prices are accurate as of publish time. Items are sold by the retailer, not E!.
All month long we’ve been celebrating Pride by bringing you new Pride collections from brands you love, rainbow fashion that’ll make you stand out, and cute and colorful jewelry pieces you’ll want to wear all year long. We even have a roundup of brands that support LGBTQIA+ efforts year-round like Savage X Fenty, TomboyX and MAC Cosmetics. Today, we’ve got another way for you to support LGBTQ+ communities this month and every month: shopping small businesses.
Shopping small businesses gives you a great opportunity to directly give back to the community, and one of the best places to find small businesses to shop online is Etsy. Whether you’re looking for unique tops and accessories or cute and functional home decor, Etsy has it all. They’ve even put together a list of LGBTQIA+ shops that you can support all month long and beyond. We’ve rounded up some LGBTQ+ owned businesses on Etsy that you should have on your radar. Check those out below.
Margaret Cho Reflects on the Biggest Discrimination She’s Faced as a Queer Asian Woman In an exclusive chat with E! News, The Book of Queer’s Margaret Cho shared why representation matters and how queer stars like Lil Nas X are doing such great work for the LGBTQ+ community.
The comedian continues to be a vocal member of the LGBTQ+ community as she lends her voice to the first episode of The Book of Queer, which looks back on forgotten queer figures of the past and their impact today. Margaret exclusively tells E! News that she was surprised by some of the lost history unearthed on the discovery+ show, though she admittedly can relate since she, too, has felt unseen by society at times.
The biggest discrimination that I felt is really invisibility, the openly bisexual actress shared. This lack of representation and lack of leading by example, lack of seeing who’s out there that I can relate to in terms of being Asian American and a queer woman. There are so many things that society has not offered until now. And that’s why Margaret is such a proponent of Pride and amplifying LGBTQ+ voices for not just the month of June, but all year-round.
Social media, I learn a lot from other people in comedy like Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, Conrad Ricamora and Andrew Ahn, Margaret, who starred in the queer rom-com Fire Island earlier this month, said. My greatest achievement is to be able to inspire a generation. For so long, to exist in isolation of not really knowing that I had a place in the world of entertainment, that was really strange.
What does Pride Month mean to you? It’s not really just about one month of a year or one parade. I think that more than ever we have to celebrate ourselves and look to protecting our rights—whether that’s protecting trans kids, trans legislation or increasing our own visibility throughout the media. It’s really about making sure we maintain and advance our own rights and abilities to continue to exist and to thrive.
Your episode of The Book of Queer delves into queer renaissances through history. What renaissance are we in now? I think we’re in a renaissance of comedy. We have so many incredible comedic minds out there working today—whether that’s Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, Wanda Sykes, Billy Eichner, Bob the Drag Queen or Eddie Izzard. Queer comedy is really cutting edge, so queer voices are really front and center.
What do you hope people take away from this series? I hope that they really learn a lot about the history of our contributions to society as queer people, as really formative members of society in science, art and entertainment. That we’ve been creating culture since we’ve been around and will continue to.