June is Pride Month. While this year’s events—particularly the marches—look different, there is still a cause for celebration. It is the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March, and the spirit of the parade is very much alive.
Pride is about affirming the identities and increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people—those who have been marginalized and told that who they are doesn’t matter. Making art can be therapeutic as well as productive, and there are many creatives who express themselves in doing so. Some sell what they produce on Etsy.
Often, these shops fill in the gaps where products for LGBTQ+ people are lacking. Little Pickle Memories, for instance, was born after moms Emma and Nat struggled to find a baby book that accurately represented their family. What started as one book is now a range of products that feature all sorts of families, from same-sex couples to single parents.
Scroll down to support LGBTQ+ makers producing creative products to celebrate during Pride and beyond.
Here are Etsy shops that help support LGBTQ+ makers.
Bianca Negron is the person behind Bianca’s Design Shop, an online purveyor of LGBTQ+ gifts. From t-shirts to patches to pins, she creates things that are meaningful and a joy to look at.
Say It Proud is dedicated to creating “positive and encouraging messages centered around LGBTQ+ major milestones and life events.” Their shop contains colorful cards and prints that commemorate gender affirmation surgery, adoption for same-sex parents, Pride, and much more.
If you’re into horror and the occult, you’ll want to check out GRRRL Spells, a queer and feminist apparel and art brand. Their stock includes pins, patches, prints, shirts, socks, and more—all with a spooky twist.
Known for their “subversive cross stitch kits for modern makers,” Junebug and Darlin empowers everyone to get sewing. Many of their kits use words and phrases as a way to convey progressive messaging.
Little Pickle Memories started in 2016 after Emma and Nat struggled to find a baby book that reflected their two-mom family. They’ve since expanded their one book into a range of books and products for all types of families.
Etsy shop In Our Own Words was created after the owners couldn’t find greeting cards for LGBTQ+ family and friends that “weren’t crude, inane, sarcastic, or vulgar,” and they had amassed a collection of photographs featuring proud men, women, and children. The sentiments feature these images as cards for a variety of occasions.
Want a little shine when you’re out and about? Pride Lips was started by Raiden in 2019 as a way to exercise her creativity and incorporate LGBTQ+ influences into something different than the mass-made Pride merchandise. The colorful gloss comes in a variety of flavors and colors—including a rainbow blend.
Sootmegs has created a selection of pins that help say things you might be tired of talking about or want to tell people without speaking them. Calling the items “functional badges,” they intend to spread awareness to make hard days easier and the invisible visible.
Illustrator Lisa Congdon uses her work—particularly her pieces combining art and hand lettering—as a way to impart messages of social justice, optimism, and acceptance. Items in her shop range from pins, patches, and cards to books, tote bags, and beyond.
Femmebroidery combines feminism and embroidery to creates kits and downloadable patterns that range from human rights issues to climate change. The DIY projects are beginner level with plenty of instruction.