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Love is in the air: Pride Month is back. This special month is dedicated to celebrating and uplifting the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as paying tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots and other formative movements. Whether you’re strutting your stuff in a parade, joining a virtual panel discussion, or shopping for LGBTQIA+ books, you get to celebrate Pride your way.
While it may seem that all is well in the LGBTQIA+ community, with all the ad campaigns and sponsorships promoting Pride Month, unfortunately it is much more complex than what can be seen on the surface. Many people still face discrimination even from their peers, and the legislative outlook remains bleak as the Human Rights Campaign declared a national state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people. However, there are still plenty of reasons to rejoice this June.
Shopping LGBTQIA+ merch is an easy way to support the community, since many popular brands donate proceeds to a variety of charities like The Trevor Project, GLSEN, and It Gets Better Project. Plus, you get to help put queer-owned businesses on the map. Embrace who you are and let the world know in style with some of our top pride picks this year.
Elisabeth Narine is an Associate Editor at Best Products where she researches gift ideas for every occasion — her work can also be found on BuzzFeed and Forbes Vetted. When’s she not writing, she enjoys rewatching her favorite TV shows and cooking with her boyfriend.
Katherine (Katie) is the associate editor of Best Products, where she gathers unique gift ideas, tests out buzzy products, and puts too many items in her cart for research — her work can also be found on MyDomaine, Byrdie, and Oprah Daily. When she isn’t writing, you can most likely find her tending to her 50+ plants, starting a new DIY home improvement project, or playing with her puppy, Olive.
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