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Celebrating and Elevating LGBTQ+ Voices

Pride Month is a time to celebrate the forward momentum generated by the LGBTQ+ community and its allies toward a more inclusive and equitable world.

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Celebrating Stories of Allyship

Sometimes all it takes is one person to make you feel seen, heard and supported. This Pride Month, we’re highlighting stories of allies who advocate, educate and inspire.

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Ways to help the businesses we love

Small businesses are facing the greatest challenge of their lifetimes. If you need help or can offer it, visit our Support Small Business Hub.

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Shining a spotlight on LGBTQ+ owned businesses for Pride month.

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Gusto Graphic Tees

Austin, TX

Kelli Holtman had a dream, literally! After dreaming of her recently deceased father telling her to “go for the gusto,” Kelli knew she had to do what made her happy, and Gusto Graphic Tees was born. With 12 years of experience in graphic design and the support of her wife, Kelli founded the one-woman-run company featuring unique designs on high-quality materials. Spotlighting Texan and LGBTQ pride, her shirts and other products are sold on her online store and throughout shops in Austin, Texas.

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Sistah Scifi’s founder Isis Asare

Sistah SciFi

Passionate about the lessons science fiction stories teach, Sistah Scifi’s founder Isis Asare, felt the genre lacked representation of queer people of color.

So, she embarked on a mission to build a community of readers, creators and writers that celebrated Black female authors and questioned assumptions of sex and gender. This evolved into the first Black-owned bookstore focused on science fiction and fantasy. Sistah Scifi sells Afrofuturism fans' favorite titles and awesome Black science fiction and fantasy-themed swag.

Sistah Scifi is now an active part of the literary community, providing a queer-affirming spaces that celebrate Afrofuturism and African diasporic fantasy.

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Warren Norgaard

Milkweed Arts AZ

Phoenix, AZ

Community art studios are getting harder and harder to find, but that’s exactly why Warren Norgaard was more than excited to bring Milkweed Arts to his local community after years of non-profit teaching. Started in 2015, the adult arts education center teaches classes that use glass, metals and wood to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces. The studio embraces diversity as members of the Open to All program. They invite more national and international artist instructors to teach than any other studio in the United States and donate annually to local LGBTQI+ organizations as part of their mission to create an environment where everyone feels welcome.

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Joey Andenucio and Casey Mastreno

Thrifty Gents

Pueblo, CO

After years of creating beautiful floral masterpieces from their basement, Joey Andenucio and Casey Mastreno wanted a storefront for their budding business. With a blooming social following, Thrifty Gents Floral and Events was born in August 2020. The bespoke floral shop spreads positivity creating unique arrangements with fresh flowers, each crafted artistically to create one-of-a-kind arrangements for every special occasion. As part of their mission to give back to the community that supports them, they source locally from floral growers and recycle vases from local thrift stores.

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Ross Dodds

WashClub LA

Los Angeles, CA

After moving to LA, Ross Dodds wanted to find a way to make a living while helping his community. Seeing the need for local laundromats for people without transportation, he and his husband decided to open their first laundromat in 2014. Hundreds of happy customers later, WashClub LA has grown to five locations offering service seven days a week with pickup and delivery available day and night. In the true spirit of helping their community, the couple makes it a priority to hire locally. They also partner with local nonprofits to provide laundry vouchers and donate lost-and-found clothing to the underprivileged.

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Patrick Nauman

Weiser Classic Candy

Weiser, ID

As a child, Patrick Nauman loved candy, and he had a dream to own a candy shop one day. In 2007 he finally did in Weiser, Idaho. Weiser Classic Candy prides itself on high-quality ingredients and exceptional customer service. The small-batch chocolate company uses local ingredients to create handmade, sinfully delectable treats from start to finish. As the epitome of the old-fashioned corner chocolate shop, they’re not just in the business of making chocolates but also sweet, sweet memories.

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Olivia Glynn

Pawsitivity Pet Spa

Asheville, NC

For Olivia Glynn dogs aren’t just our four-legged friends but sentient beings with the intelligence and the emotional needs of small children. As a way to bring a gentler, personalized approach to grooming, she founded Pawsitivity Pet Spa in 2014. As Asheville, NC’s only holistic, one-on-one pet spa, they focus on getting to know each pet and offer a kennel-free facility, mud massages, herbal salt soaks and pawdicures. To foster a comfortable and kind environment for humans and canines alike, the company prioritizes employees’ well-being. They provide regular time off, a living wage and a positive work environment, as well as provide job opportunities to local minorities and underprivileged communities, including the LGBTQI+ community.

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See how people are connecting to lift up their communities.

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Since the pandemic, veterans’ nonprofit Fisher House has distributed 160 Portal TVs to VA facilities across the country, helping veterans stay close to their families — even when they can’t be in the same room.

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With schools closed, one educator created a community for her colleagues to share ideas and support each other during these challenging times.

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Using Instagram Live, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has been able to raise funds to protect and support elephants in East Africa.