As we close out Pride Month, our team wanted to share the results of the hunt we’ve been on since June 1: how to support the LGBTQIA+ community (ideally locally) with our wallets, WITHOUT falling prey to rainbow washing.
The organizations below all fit what we’re looking for: they support equality and marginalized groups year-round. If you’re looking to make a statement with your dollar, check them out.
PHILLY AIDS THRIFT
Since 2005, Philly AIDS Thrift has donated more than $2.5M (!) to HIV/AIDS-related organizations in and around the city, and offers tons of ways to get involved – they’d be happy to have you shop, donate, or volunteer.
BEYOND THE BELL TOURS
Friends in town? Want to learn more about your neighborhood’s history? Looking to support a LGBTQIA+-friendly brand feet-first? Visit Beyond the Bell Tours and schedule a walk-through of the Gayborhood.
WILLIAM WAY LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
Go beyond retail and show your support by becoming a member of the William Way LGBT Community Center – it’s a phenomenal way to help LGBTQIA+ community every day of the year, and comes with the added bonus of member discounts to a variety of allied Philly shops that can serve your day-to-day needs, including Eye Candy Vision (30% off), and Optimal Sport Health Club (no enrollment fee).
Cruelty-free skincare brand Bliss is a national brand with a year-round commitment to LGBTQIA+ and equality-driven causes. In 2020, the brand announced a long term relationship with The Trevor Project, to which they’ve pledged $150,000.
Prefer to support local makers online? Visit Etsy and check out BMcArtShop, run by queer trans*masculine artist Bryan James McKinney (“Owner, Creator, Anything And Everything”).
Love is love.