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10 Queer-Owned Small Businesses to Shop Gifts for the Holidays and Beyond

In 2020, the coronavirus has accelerated the growing gap between local and corporate businesses. The landscape looks increasingly grim: Jeff Bezos’ wealth rose by an estimated $48 billion from March to June, while Amazon workers organized strikes throughout the year to demand fairer pay and COVID protections. So spending your money at a small business could go further than ever before, especially as we enter the holiday shopping season. This has never been more true for LGBTQ small business. At Queer News Tonight we have organized some recommendations for the best LGBTQ local choices. Who can’t use a little QueerKwe Designs, Rebecca Lynn created a two spirit indigneous & LGBTQ company that has amazing traditional beadwork design with modern LGBTQ pride colors. Neckties are not just for gay boys anymore. Bowtie Behavior. Founder Robin Williams. This harlem based brand aims to help everyone feel comfortable, fly and at home within themselves. Bowties and pocket squares have never been so fashionable. Not Breakfast at Tiffany’s but it’s Momo Metals. Founder Monique Peterson created this independent jewelry brand based in Philadelphia. Her unique designs have created national attention in unique one of a kind presentations. Our answer is Because. Founder Hawwaa Ibrahim created a fashion brand that should not be taken too seriously. The black muslim is creating national attention in and out of the LGBTQ community. Because sells rainbow crochet sweaters, pom-pom earrings, and flowing frocks for all genders. From baking to beanies at Tifknits. Brookly chef and baker Tiff Bryant creates hand-knit beanies for all genders, hair types, and head shapes. Created from a sheep farm in upstate New York that hand spins and naturally dyes the yarn. The unique brand is environmentally friendly and fashionable. We all need Queer Collections. Westley Collins and Devon Mazoue are the queer, agender makers behind Queer Collections. The independent, Sacramento-based shop offers chain jewelry with fun charms like mushrooms, tarot cards, or even letters spelling out “they/them” pronouns. The brand was started when both lost their jobs due to Covid-19. The virus may give them the last laugh. Perhaps Official Rebrand. Designer MI Leggett is the founder, a clothing brand that sells upcycled garments altered with original paintings and drawings. They describe the process of transforming these clothes as a “celebration of identity fluidity [by] dissociating garments from gendered categories.” Consider Sapphic Apothecary. Anna Farino is the owner and founder of Sapphic Apothecary, a Philadelphia-based business that makes hand-poured, organic, and ethically-sourced soy candles. Candles contribute to harming the environment. Enter Sapphic Apothecary that can provide environmental soundness with the beauty of flickering candle-light. How about Stuzo. founder Stoney Michelli Love and Stuzo make clothes for humans and not genders. They launched the Los Angeles-based, genderless fashion brand in 2010, and since then, they’ve offered apparel and accessories that caters to the Black queer community and beyond. Give these amazing and emerging LGBTQ brands a closer look. And this year, of all years, try to shop local. Both inside and outside the LGBTQ community.

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