The Iconic Denali Foxx and Bella Box. Photo sourced from Bella Lux.
It’s that time of the year again. With Pride month more than halfway over, the question of how to support LGBTQIA+ individuals demands proper address. One potential answer to this question involves economically supporting LGBTQIA+ owned and allied businesses.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues, an organization that builds equity and advances racial, economic and gender justice, reports that “LGBTQ people are more likely than straight people to face poverty, food insecurity, and economic hardship.” For example, 32% of LGBTQIA+ people have incomes less than $10,000 per year, compared to 24% of non-LGBTQIA+ people.
Additionally, queer-owned small businesses were gravely affected by COVID-19. In fact, CNBC reports that “over 32% [lost] 50% or more of their business as a result” of the pandemic.
Now more than ever, these businesses need support. They increase wider acceptance of LGBTQIA+ individuals while also aiding in national economic prosperity. For instance, “LGBT businesses contribute more than $1.7 trillion to the U.S. economy and have created more than 33,000 jobs,” according to the Washington Post.
Many cannabis companies release special Pride products for a limited time, often donating a percentage of the profits to organizations that assist LGBTQIA+ people. By purchasing these wares, one supports a variety of LGBTQIA+ individuals. This not only uplifts queer business owners and workers, but also the recipients of the business’s donations. Featured below are some of the products that caught our attention:
5 Pride Products That Uplift and Celebrate the LGBTQIA+ Community
Colors For A Cause Rainbow Sherbet MouthPeace — Moose Labs
Whether consuming cannabis alone or with friends, Moose Lab’s Rainbow Sherbet Mouthpiece has got consumers covered. In addition to its playful design, the mouthpiece is also “made from biodegradable and recycled materials,” according to their website.
Additionally, “the triple-layer activated carbon filters will sanitize smoke/vapor and enhance flavors by removing resins, toxins, and tar,” reports Moose Labs. Not to mention, it prevents users from having to put their mouths on something five other peoples’ mouths have touched! Germs aside, that’s just gross.
Although Moose Labs isn’t LGBTQIA+ owned, they’re donating 10% of all mouthpiece sales to The Trevor Project during Pride month. The project was founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short film TREVOR. The Trevor Project reports that they are the “leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth under 25.”
Bella Box by Denali — Canna Bella Lux with Denali Foxx and Peach Presents
Yes, it’s that Denali Foxx. The beloved Alaskan star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 has partnered with Latinx-led boutique Canna Bella Lux and LGBTQIA+ collective Peach Presents. Together, they’ve created a unique box of self-care and cannabis-related goods for Pride. The package includes Denali’s Pre-Roll Cones, a unisex white summer tank, and a bath bomb. Additionally, the bundle with with an exclusive Denali lighter, and a 7.1” x 5.5” rolling tray, reports Bella Lux.
If the goods alone aren’t tempting enough, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Brave Space Alliance, “the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago […] designed to create and provide affirming and culturally competent services for the entire LGBTQ+ community of Chicago,” according to their website.
Tiffany Woodman, the Canna Bella Lux CEO, expresses her excitement for the box’s release and its beneficial impact on queer individuals and POC: “[The] Bella Box is an amazing way for us to not only offer fun, lux self-care for people to enjoy during Pride, but to also support local POC and LGBTQ+ businesses, organizations and entertainers,” she says in a press release.
Parade Me Around Pride Bundle — Cann, Drew Martin, and Sonder
The Pride Bundle sold by Sava uplifts three queer-owned brands — Cann, Drew Martin, and Sonder. The package includes their distinct products, encouraging consumers to shop at these companies year-round.
First is CANN’s Cranberry Sage Social Tonic four-pack is “micro-dosed with 1:2 ratio of THC & CBD,” according to Sava. There’s only 30-35 calories per Cann. Cann also includes their limited edition “Parade Me Around” sweatshirt, available in different sizes.
Drew Martin shines with two of their pre-roll packs, containing sun-grown flower and other botanicals.
Finally, Sonder inspires childhood memories with Space Crystals. The candies are reminiscent of pop rocks… except each package contains 10 mg of THC. The package comes with one of each specialized flavor: Peachy Passion, Stoned Fruit, Pineapple Party, and Cheers Queers!
According to CANN, proceeds from the sweatshirt benefit “three BIPOC-owned and LGBTQ+ inclusive cannabis [organizations].” With each purchase, $15 goes to support Copper House, Supernova Women and POT Los Angeles. Supernova Women is a nonprofit empowering “Black and Brown people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the cannabis and natural plant medicine space […],” according to Supernova.
Furthermore, Copper House is a self-described bud and breakfast in Detroit. Copper House also reports that they are a “Queer- and Black-owned space [that] advocate[s] for equity within cannabis,” and a contential breakfast will always be waiting in the morning.
Finally, POT Los Angeles is a full-service pottery studio “owned and operated by people of color, a majority of which are women and Los Angeles natives,” according to their website. They also explained their motivation for forming this inclusive organization: “we felt a need for a space that felt accessible and empowering for those that felt marginalized in ceramic spaces – namely persons of color.”
To steal their words: “PLUS knows how to do Pride.” In their article What Pride Means to PLUS, they explain the importance of Pride Month:
“Queer rights are civil rights, and we can’t elevate and celebrate the message of Pride without elevating and celebrating the Black, Brown and trans voices that founded – and continue to lead – the fight for dignity, life, and equality for all.”
To further demonstrate their “commitment to acknowledging, elevating and celebrating the intersectionality of race and queer life,” PLUS reports that for each tin of Rainbow Sherbet Edibles sold, they will donate 10% of the proceeds to the San Francisco-based Transgender, Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP). The TGIJP, founded in 2004, reports that its mission is “to challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against Black, Black/Brown trans people inside of California prisons, jails, detention centers and beyond.”
Beyond gifting to this noble cause, the cannabis consumer also receives PLUS’s best-selling product. PLUS reports that the gummies are “made with an uplifting sativa blend,” with each piece containing the “perfectly dosed […] 5mg of THC.” For those with a taste for seltzer, ReCreate also has their Blueberry Mint Acai Sparkling Elixir that donates to the same organizations. What’s not to love?
Limited-Edition Mixed Fruit PRIDE Gummies — ReCreate
Last but certainly not least are ReCreate’s edible gummies, where each piece contains equal amounts of CBD and THC. Formed by the Stanley Brothers, (renown as the founders of Charlotte’s Web CBD products) ReCreate is partially queer-owned. Austin Stanley, the youngest Stanley brother, identifies as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, reports Charlotte’s Web.
ReCreate reports that they combine their “high terpene full-spectrum extract with Yerba Mate to help keep you energized and uplifted – perfect for getting in the celebratory spirit.”
Furthermore, ReCreate has promised to donate $1 for every product sold to One Colorado and Equality California. Both organizations strive to uplift and empower LGBTQIA+ people.
One Colorado reports that they are “the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality LGBTQ Coloradans and their families.” They continuously work to “effectively advocate for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families by lobbying the General Assembly, the executive branch, and local governments on issues like safe schools, transgender equality, relationship recognition, and LGBTQ health and human services.”
Purchasing this product also benefits Equality California. With over 90,000 members, it’s the largest statewide LGBTQIA+ civil rights organization in the U.S., according to their website. Working at the local and national levels, Equality California strives “to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people.”
Some of their work includes “electing pro-equality leaders up and down the ballot;” “passing pro-equality legislation in Sacramento and Washington, DC;” and also “reducing disparities in LGBTQ+ health and well-being through education and advocacy,” Equality California reports.
Spread the Word
Before Pride month comes to a close, check out these cannabis products and the amazing LGBTQIA+ organizations they support. Even if one finds these respective goods unaccessible, promoting these companies on social media or even spreading the word among friends and family is an excellent way to raise awareness and uplift LGBTQIA+ people beyond the month of June.