11 Places To Shop To Support LGBTQ Rights
Treat yourself to something fabulous, and help a just-as-fabulous cause.
Bluestockings is a queer-owned boutique created to provide underthings for people of varying genders and sizes, because everyone deserves to feel damn sexy. They donate a portion of proceeds to organizations like The Trevor Project, Fenway Health, and The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, among others.
Revel & Riot is a non-profit providing resources for LGBT people and allies online and at Pride events. They donate a portion of their proceeds from clothing and accessories to organizations working with the LGBT community, recently raising nearly $20,000 for Equality Florida's Pulse Victims Fund.
Babeland is a sex toy boutique committed to empowering people of all genders and sexualities through sex education, workshops, and okay, plenty of lube. Over the past 23 years, they've donated over $200,000 to groups including Gay Men's Health Crisis, Planned Parenthood, and the LGBT Law Project at New York Legal Assistance Group.
HIV/AIDS is by no means an exclusively LGBT issue, but gay and bisexual men are still the most at-risk community for contracting HIV. Enter Housing Works: an upscale thrift store chain whose proceeds go to providing housing and medical care for low-income people living with HIV and AIDS. Visit one of their shops if you're in NYC, or browse and bid on their most delicious discounted designer items online.
MAC has a long history of collaborating with queer icons like RuPaul, Elton John, k.d. lang, and Ricky Martin on their Viva Glam campaigns. 100% of the selling price of Viva Glam lipsticks go to the MAC AIDS Fund, which focuses on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment as well as housing for people with HIV/AIDS.
Check all the Viva Glam lipsticks here.
The Human Rights Campaign is an LGBT-focused civil rights organization raising its own funds through the sale of clothing, jewelry, homewares, and more. In addition to their classic collection, the HRC recently collaborated with designer Kenneth Cole on a line of understated accessories, like that tie on the right.
Trans* Is Beautiful Apparel offers tees and tanks inspired by Laverne Cox's hashtag campaign. A portion of proceeds from the shirts goes to the Werk Those Pecs Transgender Surgery Fund (which helps trans people get access to gender-affirming surgery), as well as to expenses like getting name and gender marker changes on passports.
11. She Bop
She Bop is a Portland-based adult boutique for people of all sexual orientations and genders. In addition to their professional binder fittings and workshops in safer and more pleasurable sex for all, She Bop donates to organizations like Q Center, TransActive, and Bradley Angle. I think it's safe to say, buying from them is one way to ~feel good~ about your contribution.