Pride Items For Keeping the Celebration Going All. Year. Long.
Pride Month is a month of remembrance, for sure, but also an opportunity to teach inclusion and advocate for these underrepresented, and oft silenced communities.
Hello, my queer loves and straight allies! Pride Month is drawing to a close, but that's no reason to stop the momentum. It’s still time for LGBTQIA+ communities to come together to celebrate – and also honor the unsung heroines, the lesbians and transgender women of color, who fought for our rights, acceptance, and equality. It’s important to remember that the first Pride was a riot against injustice, faced and led by LGBTQIA+ people of color.
As we rally together and reflect on this month’s history, whenever possible, support LGBTQIA+-owned businesses. Say no to rainbow capitalism and don’t give money to corporations who slap a rainbow on their brand and call it a day. Performative allyship isn’t allyship, Instead, donate to LGBTQIA+ charities such as The Trevor Project and Trans Lifeline. Also, donate directly to Queer folks' crowdfunding campaigns.
Read: Monetizing a Movement: Pride and Rainbow Capitalism
This month, and every month, let us be our fiercest, most loving, and radical selves we can. Here are 15 items to celebrate Pride:
Queer-owned CLF's trio of sex toys – Starsi, Trinity, and Princette Puppypuss – are super cute, powerful AF, and shaped to stimulate in unique ways. All three toys are gender-inclusive and ergonomic for people with hand and grip issues.
Support queer-owned Seattle businesses and producers with this limited-edition box of eight tasty local foodstuffs. Think Marination’s beloved Liliko'i Caramel Sauce, Broadcast Coffee Roasters’ Breaker One 9 Blend, and Hot Dame!Chile Pepper Cocktail Shrub.
The original Enby was the first completely genderless sex toy, with almost endless ways for every body to use it. The Enby 2 is available now, with a longer battery life and more powerful motor that's completely submersible.
A custom glitter vinyl clutch is a super fun way to make a statement. Need we say more?
Queer mother, activist, award-winning author, and former poetry critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, Diana Whitney, compiled this thoughtful poetry anthology, including works from Mary Merium, Stephanie Burt, Andrea Gibson, Rachel Wiley, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Nikita Gill, and many more – grappling with questions of gender, sexuality, harassment, and pain while also celebrating beauty, risk, and making mistakes.
Ages 12-18; Grades 6-12; Paperback; $14.95
This colorful set gives new meaning to “Rainbow Connection.” Whether you’re a bondage newbie or well-versed kinkster, this 8-piece set comes with two wrist cuffs, two ankle cuffs, two chain clips, a leash, and a collar, to make restraint play happy and bright.
Packaged in soft colors and conceived beyond the gender binary, Boy Smells makes loving your identity a daily ritual. Co-founders and real-life partners Matthew Herman and David Kien created Boy Smells as items they'd want to use on a daily basis and products that were fluid and essential.