Shop These 9 Brands That Go Above and Beyond to Celebrate Queer People

Look good, feel good, do good. And not just during June.

Ah, Pride season, the annual time of year during which major brands and corporations suddenly remember that LGBTQ people live, breathe, and spend money. I jest—er, kind of.

This year, support brands like these nine companies, all of which champion queer pride and inclusion in various ways (and not just during June.) As a bonus: Many of the following brands are also queer-owned and/or queer-run. Happy shopping!

  1. TomboyX

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    These supremely soft cotton-blend undies are size-inclusive, gender-neutral, and made as sustainably as possible. Buying TomboyX undies for yourself and/or your lover is a foolproof way support a queer-owned business that makes a solid product and actively highlights diversity within the LGBTQ community in its seasonal campaigns. What’s not to love?

    Underwear starts at $20; bras start at $34; apparel starts at $16.50

    Available now

  2. MAC Cosmetics

    Beauty industry pioneer MAC Cosmetics has a long and extensive history of supporting LGBTQ activism, including its 25-year-old Viva Glam lipstick line, which directly benefits homeless LGBTQ youth and people living with HIV/AIDS around the country. To date, the company has raised some $500,000,000 for people in need.

    It’s also historically supported trans and gender non-conforming people, carving out a safer space within the beauty and makeup industries for people of all gender identities and presentations. Pucker up!

    Lipsticks start at $18.50

    Available now in store and online

  3. Chromat

    Chromat

    This queer-owned swimsuit line, launched by designer Becca McCharen-Tran back in 2010, has been credited with revolutionizing the swimwear industry. McCharen-Tran’s design process prioritizes size inclusion and body positivity, and her #ChromatBABES campaigns are diverse in every sense of the term (activists like queer sex educator Ericka Hart and trans model Geena Rocero have modeled for the brand.)

    Plus, all Chromat suits are stylish AF, ethically made, and totally built to last.

    Tees start at $60; swimwear starts at $116

    Available now online and at select retailers

  4. Starbucks

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    Card-carrying iced coffee gays, rejoice. Starbucks has unveiled its limited-edition Pride coffee tumblers, complete with rainbow stripes and the word “Love.”

    Though the tumbler in and of itself isn’t reinventing the wheel (nor is Starbucks donating any of its proceeds to an LGBTQ advocacy group), the company gets solid ally points for continuously backing the needs of its trans and gender non-conforming employees, including comprehensive health care benefits. Sip on that, Trump!

    Tumbler retails for $16.95

    Available now at select Starbucks locations

  5. Harry’s

    Courtesy of Harry's

    Harry’s, the popular grooming company, is joining forces with illustrator José Roda for its Pride collection. All proceeds from this colorful limited-edition shaving set will benefit The Trevor Project. It’s the latest move toward LGBTQ inclusion on behalf of Harry’s, which also won major praise from trans and gender non-conforming advocates worldwide after spotlighting a trans man in an April video ad.

    Full set goes for $25

    Available now

  6. Wildfang

    Wildfang

    What kind of Pride-themed shopping list would this be if it didn’t include Wildfang? This Portland, Oregon-based clothing and accessory retailer is queer-owned and has never been shy about where its political affiliations lie (read: with queer people, women, people of color, and other marginalized groups nationwide.) Its Pride capsule collection features accessories, t-shirts, and snazzy button-downs perfect for queer people of all sartorial persuasions.

    Accessories start at $14; clothing starts at $40

    Available now

  7. IKEA

    IKEA

    Everyone’s fave Scandinavian furniture and home goods retailer is going all out for Pride this year, debuting its iconic IKEA bag in a new rainbow-hued edition.

    Sure, IKEA’s status as a go-to for lesbian U-Haulers and decor-savvy gays is reason enough to celebrate this brand. But get this: IKEA is also donating 100% of the proceeds from this bag’s sale to HRC. We stan an ally who puts her money where her mouth is.

    Bag retails for $3.99

    Available in select IKEA stores beginning June 1

  8. Macy’s INC International Concepts

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    A portion of all proceeds from this Macy’s-exclusive Pride capsule collection of apparel and accessories benefit The Trevor Project. Its release also marks Macy’s 10th consecutive year launching a Pride + Joy campaign. Yes, that means Macy’s was supporting LGBTQ equality and Pride Month as early as 2009. Like, pre-marriage equality and pre-the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

    Apparel starts at $10

    Available now via Macy’s website and at select Macy’s stores

  9. The Phluid Project

    The Phluid Project

    New York City’s first and only fully gender-neutral retailer is the official merch sponsor for WorldPride 2019 and Stonewall50. Comping some of The Phluid Project’s Pride ’19 collection backs a queer-owned and operated business. Plus, 10% of each purchase of any item from Phluid’s Pride collection are funneled back to New York City’s official Pride organization, Heritage of Pride, which plans and produces the city’s annual queer-themed festivities come June.

    Apparel starts at $35; accessories start at $50

    Available now in store and online

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