LGBTQ Pride is commemorated in June in honor of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, and every year, the presidency of the United States acknowledges it. However, this year, the (not to be named) president failed to recognize it. This comes as no surprise given the way he has been handling his role as leader of the “free world.”
But, if we learned anything from the uprising of our brother’s and sister in the 60’s is that we are a beautiful community that can defy suppression and ignorance while continue fighting for visibility – “we’re here, we’re queer.” So, today more than ever, apparel becomes more than just a fashion statement; it’s a political one.
And designers and retailers alike know it. That’s why, for a few seasons now, they have been releasing limited-edition collections to show support for the LGBTQ community. The best part is these collections are not just cool and bright; most of them are donating all or part of the proceeds to causes that need immediate assistance. – Now that’s what I call “cause-a-porter.”
So whether you’re traveling to New York City to join the first televised parade –like I am (make sure you keep an eye for me on the Kiehl’s float) or just have plans to celebrate at home, don’t shy away and embrace the colors of the rainbow.
11. THE TIE BAR – Equality Pin.
Add a subtle touch of pride to any outfit. ($10 of your purchase will be donated to TieTheKnot.org).
If you’re going to get naked, might as well do it for a good cause. For every pair sold the will donate $2 to the Stonewall Community Foundation, a public foundation focused on the needs of New York City’s LGBTQ community.
9. KAPTEN & SON – Campus Pride Watch
If you lose your phone or what’s left of your dignity over pride weekend, at least you’ll know what time the next party is.
Featuring bright, rainbow accents, this is the perfect accessory for taking everything you need with you – chapstick, phone, gum, and condoms?
7. HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN – Rainbow Tank Top
Wear your flag proud. (100% of every purchase goes to HRC’s fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality).
6. TYLER WALLACH STUDIO – Swim Trunks
The work of New York-based queer artist Tyler Wallach is so vibrant and really screams I came to slay!
5. REVEL AND RIOT – Rainbow Mountain T-Shirt
This t-shirt reminds us of our long and continuing struggle for LGBTQ equality. We celebrate what we have achieved thus far, but remember that there is more mountain to climb as we fight for justice.
4. OTHER WILD – Gay Power T-shirt
No caption needed (10% of all proceeds donated to the Lesbian Herstory Archives)
3. PRIDE SHOES – Rainbow paint
This is great, but where’s the glitter version?
2. URBAN OUTFITTERS COMMUNITY CARES + GLSEN Pride Tee
You know me, I’m all about pastel colors. (All profits will be donated to GLSEN, an organization that works to ensure safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ+ students)
1. CONVERSE – The Chuck ‘70, Decked Out For Pride.
Patches are so in right now, and they look awesome in the chucks. Better yet, all net proceeds from the 2017 Converse Pride Collection will support LGBTQ youth organizations.
Not just a pretty face
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