From the Brooklyn-based, queer-couple-owned business Queen Candle Co, this hand-poured sea salt and orchid soy candle blends luscious floral notes with a salty tang. The clean-burning creation comes in a recyclable (or reusable) container and an eight-ounce candle burns for 40 to 50 hours. Each candle is topped with a visual representation of the scent beneath—in this instance pink Himalayan salt rocks. This soothing scent is a favorite, but the brand has many more well-priced options to choose from.
Love and Other Poems, the third collection from award-winning poet Alex Dimitrov, provides readers moments of reflection and wit, weakness and joy. Through his intimate, thoughtful and emotive lines, Dimitrov explores loneliness and hope, the sensations of time and longing for place—with repeat references to NYC and the power of presence it wields. Though Dimitrov’s paperback book is finite, one of the poems within is not; the title poem “Love” continues within a Twitter handle, @apoemcalledlove, where the poet adds one tweet each day.
With they/them, ze/zir, she/her and he/him options, Gamut has made preferred pronoun pins that look more sophisticated than many we’ve seen. These black and gold pins politely request which pronouns the wearer identifies as, and $1 from each purchase is donated to Camp Aranu’tiq, which is a not-for-profit organization that transgender, gender-nonconforming and gender-variant kids and their families through camp experiences.
To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults by photographer Jess T Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre comprises 65 tender portraits and accompanying interviews conducted over five years. A roving exhibition (Vision 2020: Jess T Dugan is currently showing at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the artist’s first solo exhibition in a major museum) in addition to the book, the duo’s collaborative project was born from a quest to tell these very personal stories with accuracy, depth and honor. “Representations of older transgender people are nearly absent from our culture and those that do exist are often one-dimensional,” reads the book’s summary. The individuals represented within the pages span generations, race, ethnicities, backgrounds and experiences, but are united. Insightful and inspiring, these stories speak to the importance of identity. As Duchess Milan says in her interview, “I just know I’m me… I know who I am, and what other people think about me is none of my business. So that’s who I am. I identify as the Duchess.”
Made by Herbivore Botanicals, with no additives or dyes, this serum gently exfoliates with 5% natural fruit acid. As application creates a subtle tingling on the skin, this potion helps shed dead skin and clears pores. It can be left on all day and the result is a clearer, smoother complexion. Additionally, every sale of this product supports The Trevor Project, an important organization that supports LGBTQIA+ youth.
Raising funds for trans folks to cover daily living expenses, NYC-based apparel brand Trans is Beautiful offers a range of shirts and accessories without a binary style. This special edition tank features gold printing on a white shirt and conveys a very true message.
Part of the three-way collaborative collection between This is Amit, The Tom of Finland Foundation and HOMOCO, the Forest Tom’s Full Service swim trunks feature a pattern that reimagines some of Tom’s iconography. The short-cut shorts are composed of 90% recycled polyester and 10% spandex. Created to commemorate Tom’s 100th Birthday in 2020, the celebratory collection features another swimsuit, too, as well as shirts and accessories.
With 100% of the proceeds from its sales donated to the Marsha P Johnson Institute, this shirt celebrates the LGBTQ+ community in many ways. The brand Very Good Light teamed up with artist Humberto Cruz (aka ISCREAMCOLOUR) for the T-shirt, which is emblazoned with a rainbow, two Black cherubs, and the ever-relevant words “Black Lives Matter.” Available in sizes small to XL, it’s made from 100% cotton and will ship at the end of June.
From this year’s Reebok Pride collection, the colorful, all-gender Club C 85 shoes nod to the ’80s with their paint-splatter style. Script on the tongue, accompanied by a rainbow graphic, honors all types of love and all types of people. Along with their campaign and the new releases, Reebok is donating $75K to the It Gets Better Project, an LGTBQ+ outreach program that aims to support and connect LGBTQ+ youth around the world.
100% of the proceeds from Levi’s Pride 2020 collection will be donated to OutRight Action International—a non-governmental organization that defends the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. This oversized trucker jacket (available in traditional denim or pink, white and blue tie-dye) boasts an embroidered call to action, with “USE YOUR VOICE!” emblazoned on the back. Available in small to XXL, it’s made from 100% non-stretch cotton.
Printed by Revel & Riot (a non-profit brand devoted to promoting LGBTQ+ equality), the “Electile Dysfunction” T-shirt speaks out against “faulty voting machines, gerrymandering, cyber attacks, the Electoral College, voter purges, voter suppression and bullying and harassment at the polls.” Printed on 100% ring-spun cotton, this boxy shape is ideal for all genders and comes in sizes small to XXL.
An inclusive development of the rainbow Pride flag that incorporates the necessary representation of queer people of color and transgender individuals, Daniel Quasar’s “Progress” initiative pin more accurately reflects the LGBTQ+ community. Each 11-color enamel pin is produced by hand in antique silver. 25% of the profits from Quasar’s “Progress Initiative” items, like this enamel pin, get allocated to a quarterly donation to a charity that supports the queer community; currently it is The Living Room.
From the top, these sandals look like classic Tevas. But from the side, a stacked rainbow flatform celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. With $15 from the purchase of each pair going to the Tegan and Sara Foundation, buying these sandals means sending support to an organization that contributes to summer camp scholarships for LGBTQ+ kids. While made for all genders, they’re listed in traditional women’s sizes.
With 20% of proceeds going to The Point Foundation (which works to empower LGBTQ+ students through scholarship funding, mentorship and more), these bright and cheerful swim trunks have a decidedly retro aesthetic. Made from a poly/elastane blend, they’re available men’s XS to XL, but thanks to their boxy shape, can be worn by all genders.
From queer-owned Wildfang, a brand committed to donating profits to various women- and LGBTQ+-focused organizations all year (in 2018 they raised $400k for charities), this six-panel cap puts it simply. Made with 100% cotton, the cap features an adjustable strap and a very positive message.
Celebrating one of the most marginalized groups within the LGBTQ+ community, these Chuck Taylors (part of Converse’s 2019 Pride collection) are adorned with transgender flag-inspired designs. With the pale blue, pink and white striped flag featuring on the ankle patches, heel tabs and soles, the colors are also used in bold lightning bolts on the shoes. More importantly, proceeds from the brand’s Pride collection are donated to OUT MetroWest and the It Gets Better Project.