These Amazing Queer-Owned Beauty, Fashion, and Lifestyle Companies Will Solve Your Shopping Issue

“Hi gay!” We’ve compiled a list of a variety of fabulous companies with queer owners and/or founders, unlike the oblivious butter company in bisexual comedy queen Megan Stalter’s viral parody video — which pokes fun at corporations who try to profit off of the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month.

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We’re not telling you to empty your wallet, but once you see the high-quality items available from these brands, you’ll definitely want to. June is Pride Month, so it’s the ideal time to show some love to queer-owned businesses.

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Don’t worry, Telfar is our most luxurious brand. The New York Times called queer Liberian-American self-taught designer Telfar Clemens’ luxury unisex fashion brand “the success story of the pandemic” when he founded it in New York City in 2005. That’s right, he was making gender-neutral bags and clothing long before it became fashionable. Telfar promotes inclusivity with slogans like “It’s not for you — it’s for everyone.”

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Despite the fact that Telfar’s best-selling (and always sold out) “Shopping Bag” was released in 2020, it was actually released in 2014. Makeup artist Xya Rachel has dubbed the vegan leather tote bag the “Bushwick Birkin.”

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Trixie Cosmetics (@trixiecosmetics) shared a post on her Instagram account.

Barbara, you’ll be gagging from this makeup! She’s a world-famous drag queen, folk musician, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 winner, and skinny legend. Trixie Mattel is her name, and she’s a toy.

Given that “Mattel” is literally in her name, it’s no surprise that Trixie Cosmetics, her makeup line, offers “pro-level cosmetic products in the vibrant, fun packaging of your favorite childhood toys,” according to the company’s website.

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Trixie Cosmetics is campy, fun, and gag-worthy, with names like “Plant Gay” and “Marcia Marcia Marcia.”

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There’s an odor… Queer-tastic! Boy Smells is a visually stunning candle, fragrance, and intimate apparel company that ironically doesn’t gender their products. It was co-founded by LA-based partners and fashion industry veterans Matthew Herman and David Kien. It provides “genderful” scents rather than “genderless” scents. That, folks, is marketing. We love that the stereotypical gender binary has no place in this company.

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The company has even collaborated on a candle with Grammy-winning country singer and LGBTQ+ ally Kacey Musgraves, dubbed the “Slow Burn.” Boy Smells has created a Pride Month Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure.

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Remi Brixton, the founder of Freck Beauty, has had a fascination with freckles for as long as she can remember, and she’s surprised that her obsession has led to the creation of a beauty brand. Nasera Alayon, a queer graphic designer and the brand’s art director, co-owns the company, which is known for its cult favorite faux freckle product, Freck OG — dubbed “the world’s first freckle cosmetic.”

So go ahead and shop Freck Beauty for some fake freckles in the name of pride! You’re going to look incredible.

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Okay, so we all know that iced coffee is a gay accessory, but this coffee is actually gay.

Helen Russell, co-founder and executive chair of Equator Coffees, said, “We’ve believed that better coffee could create a better world since 1995.” In 1995, Helen and her partner, Brooke McDonnell, co-founder and CPO, founded the company in a garage in Marin County, California.

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It is now a B Corporation with nine cafes and a subscription service. Equator Coffees (also known as Equator Coffees and Teas) made history in 2016 when it was named the National Small Business of the Year for the first time, according to KitschMix. Equator Coffees is a good place to spend your money because it offers dozens of rich coffee blends.

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