Celebrated to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, June is Pride Month and the perfect opportunity to show solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community. That said, it shouldn't ONLY be June that you #STANDTOGETHER. In this space, everyone is welcome here
June is Pride Month
June is Pride Month, and it's also the month laden with an explosion of rainbow merch. While much of that rainbow merch is criticized and compared to the pinkwashing of October, there's still value that can come from the sales of rainbows on everything. While the donating of money isn't always transparent and certainly can't guarantee quantitative results, waving your rainbow flags during June and year-round can help raise visibility and awareness, as well as lend support to others within the LGBTQ+ community who are still discovering their identities.
Pride Month Merch That Gives Back
Companies small and large (Apple, Converse, Fossil, Vans) often dedicate large resources during Pride Month to non-profits organizations that support LGBTQ+ communities (GLSEN, PFLAG, It Gets Better Project, The Phluid Project, The Trevor Project). So even if you buy from a company that may be imperfect in their policies throughout the year (dear god, just don't support Chick-fil-a or Hobby Lobby ever, okay?) you're still helping others gain access to resources they may not otherwise have access to.
We've curated a list of items you can buy that support small and large businesses that help the LGBTQ+ community in some way, but either buying directly from a business that is LGBTQ+ owned or donates to an LTBTQ+ organization. At the end of the day, the goal is to celebrate love, diversity, and inclusivity, isn't it?
Check out our Disney Pride Guide.
Disney has pledged to support nearly a dozen domestic and international LGBTQ organizations, including ARELAS, a Spanish association offering resources to trans youth, as well as Nijiiro Diversity, a nonprofit organization in Japan focused on reducing LGBTQ+ discrimination in the workplace, among others. It's the perfect way to support the LGBTQ+ community and your love of Disney.
Share with us your favorite Pride Month merch in the comments below.