Before it was a parade, Pride was a fight for justice! Countless laws have been passed and are pending to revoke LGBTQ+ rights. Allies, let us respond!
Let’s Shop Black® Products at Black LGBTQ+ Businesses This Pride Month!
He human rights campaign reports: “So far this year, we have seen more than 400 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced in states across the country,” a disturbing wave of efforts to strip the community of various basic rights.
In the past 5 years, “More than 100 anti-LGBTQ+ laws have been passed, half of them this year,” according to fivethirtyeight.
Many companies have pulled back on their Pride campaigns and commitments to support the LGBTQ+ community after bullying by anti-wake advocates this year.
Additionally, corporations historically known for funding Pride initiatives that boost LGBTQ+ employment and income during the critical month of June have withdrawn their financial support and focused elsewhere.
LGBTQ+ culture, especially black queer culture, has reached its maximum exposure in current music trends, in social media timelines, and through cultural references. This avid reception, however, often dismisses history, glosses over current threats, and symbolizes the community.
Pride is held in June as a form of celebration, acknowledging its origins in the Stonewall riots of 1969. Marsha P. Johnson, Senior Miss Griffin-Gracyand the black trans community spearheaded these protests, sparking the contemporary LGBTQ+ rights movement.
Several American liberties exist thanks to Black LGBTQ+ activists. The same community that has fought for our rights is now under attack and requires our support!
Calling allies to buy black and counteract injustice with our dollars! We can make sure Black LGBTQ+ owned businesses are supported this Pride month.
- Marginalized Voices Defended! Buy various stories from loyalty bookstores.
- Dress to impress and live joyfully with ethical and sustainable products from Show and tell Oakland platform.
- We love unique products with bold communication from brownie points for youespecially the “Pay Black Women” variety.
- This one is for the vintage fans! black mkt vintage has a unique collection of one-of-a-kind items, rich in black history.
- These roots run deep! coconut and breeze is a double foundation sunglasses brand where style is always present.
- review the Black Wall Street Official 2022 List to support more Black-owned LGBTQ+ businesses.
- For the Gworlds – A black trans led collective that raises funds to directly support the community in the US and around the world.
- National Black Justice Coalition – A civil rights group committed to the empowerment of black LGBTQ and same-gender lovers (SGL).
- My sister’s house – While the organization primarily focuses on providing safe and reliable housing and resources for LGBTQ+ people, they also help with bail bond assistance, license reinstatement, resume training, and more.
- For additional organizations supporting the intersections of Blackness and queerness, see The Center’s list of organizations.
Dr. Martin Luther King’s wise words, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” remind us that our struggles for rights are intertwined. Just as other rights can be revoked, ours can be revoked as well. let’s show solidarity with the Black LGBTQ+ community and BuyBlack!
Power to pride!
The Power to Pride: BuyBlack in Solidarity publication first appeared on OneUnited Bank.