• That Gay Guy Candle Company's Pride in Color candle.

Do Good While Looking Good: 7 Pride Purchases That Support Michigan LGBTQ+ Causes

By |2021-06-23T09:02:43-04:00June 21st, 2021|Michigan, Pride|

Rainbows, rainbows everywhere, but not a dime for LGBTQ+ rights. That may be true for the majority of Pride merchandise, but here’s a list of products you can be proud to buy in support of some truly progressive companies and organizations.

Pride In Color candle

Talk about flaming. Ann Arbor-based That Gay Guy Candle Company (GGCC) makes candles that are the perfect gift for any occasion, especially occasions where you want to express a sentiment NSFW. 

Whether you want to announce to guests, “I only fuck Democrats,” or you want to wish someone “Happy Birthday, Bitch,” GGCC has you covered. They also have a limited-edition Pride candle, which is the only candle you can get in their leather scent. Or you can choose from scents like lemon pound cake or lush linen. 

GGCC donates 5 percent of sales to organizations meeting the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

Human Rights Campaign ‘Pride Lives Here’ shirt

Proud to be LGBTQ+ in the Great Lakes State? Rep both with a “Pride Lives Here” shirt from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). 

According to HRC, “Each of our Pride Lives Here Rainbow T-Shirts is made with a super soft cotton blend with a worn-in look and feel” and “100% of every purchase of our Pride Lives Here Rainbow T-Shirt fuels HRC’s fight for LGBTQ equality.” 

HRC’s Pride Lives Here Michigan t-shirt logo.

You can choose any state or territory in case you’re not of the Michigan orientation. You can’t return or exchange it since this is a custom item, so make sure you’re not accidentally picking Ohio.

Eames Pride Hang-It-All

Bring Pride and the beautiful midcentury design of Charles and Ray Eames into your home with the Eames Pride Hang-It-All

Whimsical and sturdy, this wall-mounted rack can withstand a coat in every color of the rainbow, so long as those coats don’t weigh more than 50 pounds. According to Herman Miller, “This newly dressed classic makes a bold statement about LGBTQ+ equality in our homes and workplaces.” 

For every Eames Pride Hang-It-All purchased, they’ll donate $25 to OutRight Action International.

Moosejaw Love the Love Collection

Perfect for LGBTQ+ people who like to put the “out” in “outside,” you can put your entire Pride outfit together simply by shopping Moosejaw’s Love the Love Collection, so long as you weren’t planning on wearing pants. 

The store’s Love Tank Top is a cotton and polyester blend that’s “ideal in the summer heat, whether you’re marching in a Pride parade or just napping in the sun.” The top features a colorful Moosejaw Fearsome Critter logo, which, the listing says, “shines with Pride at the front, nestled within the name of the city we love.” Complete the look with Moosejaw’s Love the Love Tote Bag and Ball Cap. 

Moosejaw’s Love the Love tote bag.

 

Get yourself something nice — Moosejaw will donate 20 percent of the sales to the Ruth Ellis Center.

Great Lakes Bay Pride shirt

Looking for a shirt that celebrates Pride and your love of the Great Lakes Bay area in a more understated way? Look no further than the “I am Great Lakes Bay Proud” shirt from Great Lakes Bay Pride (GLBP)

Heather grey with white lettering, it’ll be your favorite summer souvenir shirt. It’s also the perfect “thanks for watching my dog/cat/ferret for me while I was having fun in Bay City/Midland/Saginaw” gift for your LGBTQ+ dog/cat/ferret sitter.

Don’t worry — if you must have rainbows, they’ve also got a nice GLBP tank top just for you.

Up North Pride Gear

Going Up North this summer? Of course you are. Maybe you’re headed up to Traverse City to eat some pie and drink some wine, and you want to show off your Up North Pride. Well, Up North Pride has you covered

For your hot girl summer, they’ve got tank tops so you can show off your guns. Like your tank tops with sleeves? They’ve got ‘em, and they’re called t-shirts. Also, put on a hat so you can protect your beautiful face from the sun. 

If you’re feelin’ chilly, pull on an Up North Pride sweatshirt with or without a hood. You can even get an Up North Pride yard sign if you prefer to go naked (local and state laws may apply). It’s your life. 

Proceeds benefit Up North Pride.

‘Pride Is Protest’ hat and patch from Not Sorry Goods

Whether you’re queer or Black and queer, one thing’s for sure: You’re not sorry. Unapologize for yourself with the Pride collection from Not Sorry Goods

Not Sorry Good’s Stonewall Patch.

According to their website, “Not Sorry Goods is all about looking good, feeling good and doing good — unapologetically. By focusing on upcycling, eco-friendly materials and locally-sourced goods, our intention is to create a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable future for all.” Not Sorry Goods donates profits from the Pride is Protest collection, as well as their Trans Rights Are Human Rights t-shirts, to Affirmations.

About the Author:

D'Anne Witkowski
D'Anne Witkowski is a writer living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBTQ+ politics for nearly two decades. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.