Pride Month Discoveries: Small Business Edition

The first of a 4-part series, spotlighting LGBTQ+ brands, activists, books, TV and resources in celebration of Pride month. This week we're kicking off with some amazing queer owned small businesses that we've discovered over the years.

Keep scrollin' to take a look at our 10 favourite LGBTQ+ owned small businesses, give them a follow and support them where you can!

1. Boi Feathered @boifeathered

These fun, feathered pieces are handmade by Arturo in Valencia using deadstock fabric. We're a huge fan of the feather bandanas - the perfect hair accessory for festivals!

2. Nudes by Kia @nudesbykia_

This empowering small business is celebrating bodies by turning your nudes into personalised keyrings, jewellery and hoodies and we're here for it. Founded and co-managed by life partners Kia and Molly.

3. Boss Brunch @_boss_brunch

If you're looking for a way to support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, Boss Brunch hosts fabulous and entertaining drag brunches at Jerusalem Soho. Check out their next event on the 26th of June here.

4. GRL GYM @grl.gym

An inclusive gym in Hackney Wick for the LGBTQ+ community and allies - a dream. Grl Gym are redefining what fitness means away from toxic fitness culture and in a space that feels safe for all marginalised groups.

5. MxMK LGBTQ+ Friendly Hair Salon

MxMK is changing the game in the hair world with an inclusive hair salon with gender neutral accessible pricing and by prioritising LGBTQIA+, QPOC and neurodivegent people.  

6. Self Care Co @selfcarecompany

This LGBTQ+ owned candle brand are on a mission to end mental health stigma 1 conversation and 1 candle at a time. Their plant based candles smell divine and look good too!

7. Feel Good Club @wearefeelgoodclub

Wives Keira and Aimie founded Feel Good Club in 2019 - a platform, cafe and merch brand all centered around doing things that make you feel good. Follow for encouraging, comforting posts and fun prints and clothing.

8. Gay's The Word Bookshop @gaysthewordbookshop

Gay's The Word was set up in January 1979 by a group of gay socialists as a community space where all profits were funnelled back into the business. This ethos continues today and the space is also used for community and book events!

9. YES PLEASE Restaurant @yespleaselondon

Yes Please is a queer owned restaurant with a diverse team that works to support queer suppliers. Founded by Shay Malt, who also is the owner of cult queer club night Adonis, Yes Please serves up a bangin' menu of 'camp small plates'. A must visit!

10. Proud Beer @proudbeeruk

A beer brand that does good. For every bottle of beer sold, 20p goes directly to an LGBTQIA+ charity. So far they've raised enough money to fund hundreds of self-test HIV kits, materials for anti-bullying materials and call support for the queer community. Check out their crate options here.

If you liked this blog, you'll probably like our interview with UK charity Mermaids about their important work, resources and what we can do as a small business to help support them and the LGBTQ+ community. Read it here.