22 Black Queer-Owned Brands And Designers To Support Right Now

If you were expecting this year’s Pride Month to include glitter-filled dance parties, rainbow flags and corporate sponsorships, think again.

Large cities in the US like New York and San Francisco have cancelled their in-person celebrations due to the public health concerns of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pride Month also falls at the intersection of mass protests surrounding the senseless killings of Black people by police, which only compounds for Black queer and trans people who continue to face day-to-day violence at the hands of those who are homophobic and transphobic.

Acts of violence aren’t new ― they’re continued symptoms of the abuse of power at the intersections of race, class, sexuality and gender. Pride itself started as a revolution, a series of riots and demonstrations led by queer Black trailblazers such as Stormé DeLarverie and Marsha P. Johnson in response to a police raid at Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York, on June 28, 1969. We would not have a Pride Month, the modern gay rights movement or the Black Lives Matter movement without the labour of the Black queer community.

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