This blog was originally written in 2020 and was updated on June 17, 2021.
Celebrated every June—a month chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising of 1969 that catalyzed the gay rights movement in the United States—Pride Month uplifts LGBTQ+ voices, activism, and culture. It also highlights social and political achievements throughout LGBTQ+ history while acknowledging there is still work to be done.
As vaccinations continue to roll out and the U.S. begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the country are ready to celebrate Pride all month long with marches, parades, performances, fundraisers, and other activities.
Whether you are part of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, there are many ways to promote diversity, self-acceptance and social acceptance for all. In addition to participating in the festivities, you can also make a positive impact by supporting businesses that are giving proceeds to Pride causes, or donating to a charity that champions the rights of LGBTQ+ groups.
5 Businesses with Pride Month Promotions
Sendoso makes it easy to celebrate Pride Month and support LGBTQ+ causes directly through our platform. Consider sending one of the following Pride-related gifts through Sendoso Direct. We also partner with Charity on Top, which allows you to send eGifts where recipients choose to make a donation to a non-profit organization of their choice.
Bonjour Bakehouse is offering their classic sugar cookies with a Pride Month twist with their Amour de Pride Cookies. Enjoy all the colors of the rainbow featuring locally-sourced organic celebration sprinkles, birthday cake crumbs and vanilla.
Lula’s Garden allows you to send adorable succulent plants to brighten up your recipients’ offices and homes. If you’re looking to celebrate Pride Month, consider their Pride Garden — as Lula’s is donating 20% of every purchase from this collection to The Trevor Project (more on that organization below).
Baked by Melissa
Baked by Melissa’s ubiquitous bite-sized cupcakes are a great way to delight prospects, customers and employees. The bakery’s Pride Cupcakes include six handcrafted rainbow flavors to celebrate Pride Month. Baked by Melissa is donating 10% of net proceeds of these cupcakes to The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in NYC.
Gyfting provides curated gift boxes featuring products from LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color, and female founded brands. Their limited edition Pride Box features delicious treats and self-care essentials from their favorite LGBTQ+ owned companies — as well as a playlist of LGBTQ+ emerging artists.
Cardalloon offers the world’s first auto-inflating balloon gifts for recipients to display at home or in the office. Consider their Pride Rainbow Heart Cardalloon to create an unforgettable surprise for your colleagues.
LGBTQ+ Organizations You Can Support Today
Looking for additional ways to make a positive impact during Pride Month? Below are a number of organizations whose work focuses on furthering equality of LGBTQIA+ communities in our homes, schools, workplaces, legal systems, and government.
Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and non-profit organization providing direct emotional and financial support to trans people and their loved ones. Trans Lifeline also offers microgrants to help trans and nonbinary people correct their names and gender markers on identifying legal documents and get access to trans health care. The organization also provides resources for trans people who are currently or formerly incarcerated. So far, they have taken 100,000 calls through their anonymous and confidential peer support phone service and redistributed more than $1 million.
Through Sendoso Choice, recipients can donate to Trans Lifeline via Charity on Top.
Center for Black Equity
The Center for Black Equity aims to achieve equality and justice for Black LGBTQ+ communities through platforms focused on health, economic, and social equity. With a history that dates back to the 1970s, this coalition of organizers supports Black Pride celebrations and programs around the world. In doing so, the organization provides a way for Black LGBTQ+ people to discuss and support issues that are unique to the black community, as well as celebrate the progress of the Black LGBTQ+ movement.
21-year-old college student Matthew Shepard’s murder in 1998 sparked a national conversation about homophobia and crimes against LGBTQ citizens, and helped galvanize social and political action to prosecute hate-based crimes adequately. In the two decades since his death, the Matthew Shepard Foundation has operated with the mission to change hearts and minds, spur changes in legislation, provide training to law enforcement personnel, and open the dialogue to promote a more accepting and safe world for the LGBTQ community.
Through Sendoso Choice, recipients can donate to the Matthew Shepard Foundation via Charity on Top.
Inspired by the coming-of-age short film “Trevor,” The Trevor Project uses charitable donations to support at-risk LGBTQ youth through crisis intervention, suicide prevention counseling, and education services for youth, teens, and young adults. The Trevor Project aims to create inclusive spaces and communities to support the estimated 1.8 million+ LGBTQ youth that will seriously contemplate suicide each year.
Through Sendoso Choice, recipients can donate to The Trevor Project via Charity on Top.
This organization serves to represent the LGBTQ community on-screen and in print, ensuring that essential narratives are represented in advertising, print, and entertainment media. GLAAD advocates for equal and diverse representation by working with writers and producers in television and film, advocates for fair and equal advertisement of LGBTQ businesses, and educates the public through stories and publications on issues such as HIV/AIDS, transgender issues, and more.
Through Sendoso Choice, recipients can donate to GLAAD via Charity on Top.
The Trans Justice Funding project currently provides grants to local and grassroots trans justice groups around the United States. Annual grants, decided by a panel of six trans justice activists, are granted to organizations tackling issues including racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions. Thus far, the organization has given away over 900 grants, distributing over $2.7 million in financial assistance.
As the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the world, the HRC and its 3 million members commit time and resources to ensure fundamental equal rights for all, and safety and acceptance of LGBTQ individuals within their workplaces and communities. The HRC began as a political action committee (PAC) that directed funds to politicians who supported gay civil rights legislation. Since then, the organization has evolved its political action and legislative roots to host educational and outreach programs such as the Workplace Project, the Family Project, and many social media campaigns to boost the signal for important LGBTQ issues.
Through Sendoso Choice, recipients can donate to the Human Rights Campaign via Charity on Top.
Acknowledging the potential educational disadvantages of LGBTQ youth, the Point Foundation empowers young scholars, through its National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund, with scholarships and mentorship to help the next generation of diverse leaders achieve their full potential. The organization also promotes leadership and increasing acceptance of LGBTQ folk in society and in academia. Point alumni go on to support upcoming members, serving as mentors, board members, and application assistants.
Through Sendoso Choice, recipeicents can donate to the Point Foundation via Charity on Top.
Supporting a More Inclusive World
By donating to the charities above—or any charity that promotes equality and rights for all communities—you’re able to support Pride Month wherever you are. The world is ready to become a more just and inclusive place, where acceptance is available to all.
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