There are a LOT of opinions out there about pride outside merchandise campaigns. Are there companies using June as a marketing ploy to get people to buy more stuff? Absolutely. Do I care? Nope. You know why? Because the more people I see wearing rainbows the better. More flags, more rainbow shoes, shirts, sunglasses, water bottles, you name it I’m in. If it takes merchandising to normalize my lifestyle I’m all for it. Not to mention that when I see pretty much anything rainbow it brings a smile to my face.
My friend Mike recently posted that he celebrates Pride all year long, but that it wasn’t always that way. I have similar feelings about this month. In 2019 I shared a Pride post on my Instagram where I explained a little bit about my story. It took a long ass time for Catherine and me to legally live in the same country. So many courageous people spent years fighting on our behalf and we are eternally grateful to them. And yet the fight continues, and I’ll be damned if a friend or relative of mine has to hide their true self in order to fit into a mold that should have never existed in the first place. To those who have mixed feelings about this month, come out when you’re ready and know that we are here for you, me, your friends, your family, and your gay allies.
And with that said here is an entire page of rainbows to slather yourself in this month and any old month of the year. And to be clear, some of these are affiliate links, which means that I will get a tiny cut of any purchases you make, but any money I make from this post will be given to The Trever Project.
This might be the priciest camp blanket you will ever own. I have one with a different pattern. I love it. I have no regrets. Drape yourself in a puffy rainbow.
Technically Teva has a Pride version of this sandal (white sole with rainbow strap), but I prefer this 90s throwback edition. Of all the things on this list, these are by far the most tempting for me. Teva will be making a $35,000 donation to Human Rights Campaign.
Let me be perfectly clear, this tank only goes up to an XL, which to be frank SUCKS. However, I included it anyway because it’s just so damn happy. Someone buy it and tag me in an IG post, please.
I have the Pride Nalgene from a couple of years ago. I use it when I go camping or hiking. It makes me happy, and as an added bonus it subtly puts my pride outside in the open for all to see. I bet it would do the same for you.
TomboyX is a queer-owned business, they give quarterly support to selected non-profits. FYI this bra comes in sizes XS – 4X!
Check out their new arrivals page for all things rainbow
I know, this lego set has NOTHING to do with the outdoors, but I had to include it! LEGO is celebrating diversity in this set and I’m here for it. They have partnerships with Stonewall, Workplace Pride, and Open for Business.
Happy Socks has paired up with Interpride and will be giving 10% of every pair of Pride socks sold throughout the year.
I went to refill one of my GoToobs after a year of not traveling, it felt really good to refill that bad boy.
Remember how I said that the Teva’s were my biggest temptation on this list? This watch band might be tied. Apple will be giving to several LGBTQ organizations including Encircle, they offer safe spaces to LGBTQ youth, young adults, and families.
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