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How to Support The LGBTQIA+ Community With Your Dollar

It’s Pride Month and what most people know about pride is a month long celebration with tons of partying, speeches about equality, rainbows, and lots of Gaga. But pride is so much more than that.

Pride is also about action. Marsha P. Johnson, a Black Trans woman stood up for the liberation of the LGBTQIA+ community in 1969, beginning the Stonewall Riots. There would be no pride if it were not for Black Trans Women. 

When the month is over it is imperative that we continue to stand with our queer family. Money can be such a powerful tool when voting with your dollar. Here are a few ways you can support the LGBTQIA+ community with your dollar with an emphasis on Queer BIWOC owned businesses.

Buy

Here is a list of my favorite businesses that I LOVE to support all year round:

Accessories + Jewelry: Automic Gold / BlackQueerMagic / Coco & Breezy

Coffee: Pinhole Coffee / Equator Coffee

Food + Drink: Pipcorn Snacks / Big Gay Icecream / Rocksteady Farm – NYC / Abbey Creek Winery / Brown Estate

Clothing: Tomboy X / Kirrin Finch / Wildfang 

Skincare: Jade & Fox / Noto / Kiss My Face / Roots & Crown

Art: Favianna / Mickalene ThomasUnity Skateboarding / Blk Mkt Vintage 

Bookstores: Bluestockings – NYC / Dog Eared Books – SF / KramerBooks – DC  / Gertie Book Club

Donate.

Pick an organization every month and donate 5%-10% of your income if your budget allows. Here are a few organizations that are doing incredible work for the LGBTQIA+ community.

G.L.I.T.S.

For The GWORLS

The Trevor Project

The Center 

Transgender Law Center

Invest.

Whenever I get a client who is ready to begin investing, my first and most important question I will ask them is, “What are your values?” If you truly want to invest in support of the LGBTQIA+ community, you have to do your homework. 

Does the company you want to invest in actively and vocally support the LGBTQIA+ community?

Is the company owned by someone of the LGBTQIA+ community? 

Does the company support and protect their LGBTQIA+ employees?

These are just a few questions to get you started.

Backstage Capital, founded by Arlan Hamilton, is an awesome place to start. They have invested in more than 100 startups led by womxn, POC, Black, and LGBTQIA+ founders in the United States.

Read & Listen.

It is important to read and listen to our LGBTQIA+. There are so many incredible authors to learn from. Below is a list of authors with their best works linked for you to check out and buy.

Audre Lorde 

James Baldwin

T Kira Madden

Jacob Tobia

Arlan Hamilton

Samantha Allen

Matthew Riemer & Leighton Brown

These suggestions are just to get you started on supporting the LGBTQIA+ community with your dollar. Put your money where our mouth is and commit to showing up for ALL queer folx, especially Black Trans lives as Pride would not exist without them! 

Remember, the goal is to celebrate Pride all year round! $$



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How to Support The LGBTQIA+ Community With Your Dollar is written by The Financial Gym Team for financialgym.com

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