You can Shop Amazon and still support these amazing Queer and/or BIPOC brands we love this holiday season.
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15 Queer and/or BIPOC Owned Brands To Gift This Season
1. Mented Cosmetics
Not only is Mented female-founded and Black-owned, but it’s also cruelty-free, gender-inclusive, and offers shades for all skin tones (but their specialty is super flattering nude pigments). Their lipsticks are tried and tested by women of color and approved to be universally flattering on just about everyone.
2. House of Marley Speakers
House of Marley is an audio brand that created in collaboration with reggae legend Bob Marley’s closest family members. It’s also one of the first audio companies to launch products made of sustainable and environmentally-
conscious materials, so it’s a fabulous brand to support all-round.
3. Honey Pot Cotton Clean Overnight Pads
CEO and founder Bea Dixon launched Honey Pot after struggling with Bacterial Vaginosis for months and formulated her line of feminine hygiene products with ingredients she discovered through the help of some of her ancestors in a dream, and without ingredients harmful to the vagina’s sensitive pH balance. (spoiler alert: they worked!)
4. Cee Cee’s Closet Headwrap
Cee Cee’s Closet NYC’s founder Uchenna Ngwudo launched her brand with her sister to marry the practical needs of Black (and out of frustration because she couldn’t find any fashionable headwraps on the market) women as well as to honor her heritage and support female tailors based in Nigeria—where each of her gorgeous pieces is made. She does sell through Amazon apparently but stock is limited.
5. Briogeo Don’t Dispare Hair Mask
Founder and CEO, Nancy Twine left her career in finance at Goldman Sachs to launch cult-favorite (and inclusive) haircare brand Briogeo out of growing frustration due to the gap in clean haircare products for natural and textured hair types.
6. As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock by: Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is an award-winning journalist and columnist. She is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and independent consultant and educator on environmental justice and other Indigenous policy-related issues. She is the author of “As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock” and co-author with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz of “‘All the Real Indians Died Off’ and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans.” She lives in San Clemente, CA.
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7. Split Tooth by: Tanya Tagaq
From the internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer who has dazzled and enthralled the world with music it had never heard before, a fierce, tender, heartbreaking story unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine listeners will never forget.
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8. Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham
Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together this collection of work—images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more—to tell the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today. The book presents a succession of startling and beautiful pieces that generate an entrancing rhythm: Readers will go from conversations with activists and academics to memes.
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Shop: Black Futures
9. Mother Earth Colouring and Activity Book by: Leah Marie Dorion
Leah Marie Dorion is an interdisciplinary Metis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. A teacher, painter, filmmaker and published writer, Leah views her Metis heritage as providing her with a unique bridge for
knowledge between all people. Leah’s paintings honour the spiritual strength of Aboriginal women and the sacred feminine. Leah believes that women play a key role in passing on vital knowledge for all of humanity which is deeply reflected in her artistic practice. She believes women are the first teachers to the next generation.
10. Funnybone Toys Anaxi Card Game
In Anaxi, players are presented with category prompts, and they want to think of words or phrases that fit multiple categories at the same time — but without matching another player’s answers Founded by Julien and her wife Alex several years ago, the wife-and-wife team wanted to create a line of games that were visually as beautiful as they are fun to play. Perfect for family game night!
11. Pal’s Socks
These mismatched character socks encourage the amazing idea that
people don’t have to be the exact same to be friends. Founder Hannah Lavone was inspired by her bullied childhood, and wanted to bring a teachable moment to children’s attire (as well as some fun!).
12. Noto Botanics: Vegan Agender Hair and Body Oil
An agender hair oil made with hemp seed oil to moisturize and vetiver and sweet lavender to create the perfect harmony of ingredients and scents for your growing luscious locks.
Gloria Noto is a queer womxn who uses herbusiness and specially NOTO oil to actively gives back to queer, at risk communities including; LA LGBTQ center, Black Mama’s Matter, The okra project, ACLU, Audre Lord project, and Planned Parenthood.
13. Christmas Wrap Unisex Sweater by Tynomie Banks
Former contestant on Canada’s Drag Race season 1 (9th Place), Tynomi Banks is a Toronto staple in the drag scene. We love her new holiday merch line of unisex apparel. The Christmas Wrap hoodie is a cozy go-to hoodie that’s soft, smooth, and stylish. It’s the perfect choice for cooler evenings!
14. Katya’s Krystals Candles
Kat is a BIPOC woman who recently launched her new small business. She is vegan (and so are all of her products) and is a supporter the LGBTQ community. We love her candles because they are gorgeous and affordable.
She is also making specialty “Holiday” Candles!
Shop: Katya’s Krystals
15. Urban Curls Boutique and Salon
Cast member Lory Mpiana (Cassie Lay) swears by this Black-owned Toronto hair salon that specialize in curls. They sell hair products that are affordable and smell amazing. Their MOTO is that they want customers to be confident with taking care of their hair so that they don’t always have to spend too much money on getting their hair treated.
They have packaged deals too for hair services and have a wide range of products for sale.
Shop: Urban Curls
What are some of your favourite Queer and/or BIPOC Owned Businesses you love to support? Share in the comments below.