Let's celebrate these LGBTQ+ owned plant-based and cruelty-free businesses!

9 Jun 2021

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Every year, during the month of June, the LGBTQ+ community celebrates their pride and sexuality. Pride month is an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing the community. In normal times, around the world, fabulous events are held during this special month. While gatherings and parades might be canceled or subdued this year due to the pandemic, your support for LGBTQ+ rights should never cease.

As a platform built around the discovery of delicious food and great products, we wanted to celebrate Pride this month by recommending some pretty awesome LGBTQ+ owned plant-based and sustainable businesses.

Yeah Dawg

Yeah Dawg is run by nonbinary vegan chef Marino Benedetto, who specializes in delicious plant-based hot dogs. Benedetto started this business in June 2013 after spending six years working at a homeless youth shelter as a chef and counselor. Their job was to feed healthy meals to kids who were accustomed to fast food. They decided to try and turn the American classic into a healthy meal. Thus began the journey of Yeah Dawg. Today, Yeah Dawg makes plant-based, soy-free and gluten-free hot dogs, sausages, condiments and toppings and ships its products across the United States of America.

Heckin Unicorn Photo: Heckin' Unicorn

Heckin' Unicorn

Heckin' Unicorn is a Singapore-based brand that makes pride pin badges, socks and other quirky items. It is designed by queer people, for queer people. Heckin Unicorn created Singapore’s first transgender pin in 2019 and pledged to donate all of the profits from its sales to The T Project, a local trans shelter in Singapore. It ships its products worldwide, so no matter where you are, jump online and support them.

HOMOCO

HOMOCO is a queer swim brand that draws on the legacy of founder-designer Daniel DuGoff’s family’s Washington, DC–area gas stations, Homes Oil Company that went by the nickname "HOMOCO." His use of the name alludes to that history while clearly stating who the brand is for – fashionable people who love fun.

HOMOCO makes printed swim trunks out of recycled plastic and camp shirts from sustainably harvested Tencel. Their swim trunks are made from 90% Repreve. Repreve is polyester made from recycled plastic. HOMOCO donates a portion of its sales to organizations that champion queer rights. HOMOCO ships in the United States and internationally.

Wilde Mode

Wilde Mode is a handmade clothing and apparel brand in Dundee, Scotland. They make size-inclusive underwear and leggings to order. Their clothes are gender-free, disability and sensory-friendly, and they come in sizes XS-6XL. Wilde Mode is sustainable, ethical, inclusive and boasts a 100% carbon neutral footprint. The brand focuses on sustainability and ensures that not a single piece of waste goes into a bin. It is all either recycled or up-cycled.

Fluide product Photo Credit: Fluide

Fluide

Fluide is a queer-owned beauty company that produces makeup for men, women, and everyone in between. Fluide was started in 2018 by co-founders Isabella Giancarlo and Laura Kraber. They started this beauty brand to represent queer people. Their collection includes makeup that is cruelty-free, glitter-free, and free from potentially harmful chemicals like parabens and formaldehyde. Fluide currently does not ship outside the United States and Canada, however, a selection of their products is available at Verv London for UK and EU customers.

Femme Forte Photo: Femme Forte

Femme Forte

Femme Forte, a small, queer, sustainable brand based in London, allows founder Zoe Schulz to combine two of her passions. Femme Forte began in 2019 as a fundraising initiative for the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre and as a reaction to the fast fashion industry and its environmental impact. Femme Forte makes a range of bags and t-shirts. All inks are water-based, non-toxic and do not contain ozone-depleting chemicals or microplastics. These are also vegan and GOTS-certified organic. 10% of their sales goes towards supporting an LGBTQ+ center in London. Femme Forte ships literally everywhere. So, if you purchase their clothes, your money is going to a good cause.

SAPPHO New Paradigm

SAPPHO New Paradigm is a women-led luxury Canadian color cosmetic line, free of known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. They offer vegan and organic products that blend with all skin types. SAPPHO's products are formulated for performance by experts and designed by JoAnn Fowler, an Emmy-nominated makeup artist. JoAnn is a proud supporter of LGBTQ+ initiatives, artists and highlights Vancouver Pride activities every year. SAPPHO’s products are shipped to Asia, Middle East, Canada and the USA.

NOTO Photo: NOTO Botanics

NOTO Botanics

Makeup artist Gloria Noto started NOTO Botanics as a way to connect with her community through her work. NOTO Botanics aims to be minimalist skincare with a having-it-all approach. The products are handmade in small batches and are packaged in glass bottles or post-consumer recycled plastic.

NOTO Botanics has a strong focus on charity and inclusion. About 90 percent of NOTO Botanics models have been from queer, trans, non-binary, and BIPOC communities. NOTO supports several nonprofits and actively fundraises for the charities it supports. Their products are shipped to the USA and Canada.

TomboyX

TomboyX is a line of undergarments and swimwear launched by wives Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez. TomboyX was founded trying to fill a need that had gone unfilled for far too long. They wanted to make underwears that fit anybody could feel comfortable in, regardless of where they fell on the size or gender spectrum.

A quarter of their profits is donated to support non-profits from around the world. Their products ship worldwide.

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These businesses not only make gender-inclusive products but also support causes and organizations that help the LGBTQ community worldwide. The LGBTQ community strives for equality and inclusion. We ask that you include them in your conscious purchases.

Check out our recent article on LGBTQ+owned animal sanctuary here. With every review you make, you get $1 credit that can be donated to these animal sanctuaries or any of our charity or cause partners.

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mollyjane1 YEAR AGO
Great article thank you! 🏳️‍⚧️💖🏳️‍🌈
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🏳️‍🌈 love always wins
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krystalheng1 YEAR AGO
I looove Heckin’ Unicorn! Heck yea x
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nrcolemarie1 YEAR AGO
Thanks for the suggestions!
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