June is upon us and with that brings longer days, warmer nights and of course Pride Month! Over the years the light being shined on the LGBT community has grown as have the awareness and celebrations during the month of June worldwide. Pride month commemorates the significant impact lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have had on the world. This year’s celebration is particularly momentous, as it will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that sparked the modern LGBT civil rights movement.
Retailers Who Truly Support Pride
On the 50th anniversary more companies than ever before are embracing with arms wide open capsule collections that celebrate love, equality and diversity. One important thing to note is just because you see a t-shirt with a rainbow or storefront decorated- do not automatically assume a portion of their profits support the community. Some companies will only show up for Pride - and Pride alone - as a marketing angle without being supporters. Here is a small sample of retailers that play an active role in supporting GLAAD, GLSEN, The Trevor Project and the It Gets Better Foundation.
Harry's, Converse, TOMS, Sephora, Bubly to name a handful. The range of financial and educational support each company created is inspiring, for example Sephora's mission, part of which is offered year round. As part of their "Identify As We" campaign, $1 of every item sold from the Sephora Heart Pride collection goes to LGBT-supporting organizations. In addition, all Sephora stores and corporate offices were closed June 5 for inclusion workshops. The company is continuing to offer year-round Bold Beauty classes, free 90-minute makeup sessions tailored to transgender folks.
At Bathorium we are proudly featured in three Canadian LGBT founded & allied retailers. We are also backed by Shopify, who as a company offers and supports LGBT employees and retailers.
Boutique shop and spa that sources and offer a carefully curated selection of high quality, original and effective beauty products from innovators and specialists around the world. Their mission is to give every customer a personalized, educational and friendly experience offering results oriented skin care and treatment services, niche fragrances, and luxury beauty products.
Specializing in men's skincare & grooming, they offer men of all ages the tools and information necessary to maintain a healthy and well-groomed appearance in a simple no-fuss manner. "Look good, feel great," is our motto and when you look good and feel great, you have the confidence to face the day-to-day challenges in your busy lives.
Coal and Canary, Winnipeg
Hand-made candles catered toward the hip and young professional. Candles are hand-poured in small batches and are made only with the highest quality soy and vegetable wax blend and true to scent fragrance oils. Coal and Canary just announced this year they were creating a personal development fund for someone in the LGBT community. Details are still to come but the fund will be a minimum of $1000 and portion of proceeds from every Pride candle will be added into the fund.
Inspirational & Motivational Quotes From 5 LGBT Entrepreneurs
1.‘Once You Go Through It, Then You Blossom’ : Maureen Erokwu
Founder of Vosmap, a Google-backed firm that photographs the interiors of business, then uploads them to the tech giant’s Street View service. Maureen had trouble finding role models who resembled her as an out, African-American woman. She has made sure to be there and be present for other women like her — to show them that they, too, can persevere and thrive.
2. ‘I’m Going to Live a New Life’- Vivienne Ming
As a self proclaimed serial entrepreneur, Vivienne’s various ventures all aim to improve teaching methods for students of all ages and help companies find talent more efficiently. Ming’s drive to simplify and improve people’s lives was borne from her own journey toward self-actualization. While in her 30s, Ming started a new chapter in her life by undergoing the process of gender transition — a decision she celebrates to this day
3. ‘I’ve Just Loved Every Second’- Carla McKay
“Once I made the leap to being an entrepreneur, there’s no one I didn’t tell,” she says. She’s been enjoying her work, and herself, ever since. Carla is the founder of the wine app and website Crushed.com. She revels in her empowering life as an out-and-proud entrepreneur after never feeling quite comfortable in corporate America.
4. ‘I’m Either a Genius or a Cockroach’- Deb Di Gregorio
Tapping into her resilient nature over decades of entrepreneurial ups and downs, Deb launched Camarès Communications, an enduring, successful marketing and business-strategy firm. The firm’s mission was to help up-and-coming tech companies develop web presences. She says her temerity and humour saw her through shaky economic downturns — and the tough time when society was even less accepting of LGBT individuals.
5. ‘I Will Piss a Person Off Within the First Five Minutes of Meeting Them’- Pat Law
Founder of Singapore-based social media agency Goodstuph, Pat was born to stand out. She has developed a reputation for being bold and unconventional in her prosperous but socially conservative city. Law’s tough persona has aided in her success, along with her fierce commitment to living her truth, no matter what, is definitely inspiring.