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8 LGBTI businesses to support this season

8 LGBTI businesses to support this season

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Adrian+Shane

Ireland-based artists Adrian+Shane have been partners in life and work since 1998. They’ve recently branched out into merchandise, such as this ‘It Takes Balls to be a Fairy’ T-shirt (approx. $35/$35).

adrianandshane.com

Designed by Adrian+Shane
Designed by Adrian+Shane
TomboyX boxer briefs for women
TomboyX boxer briefs for women

Boxer briefs for women

TomboyX was launched by Seattle-based wives and business partners Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez in 2013. The women were frustrated by what they saw as a lack of non-gender stereotypical clothing, and started producing y-fronts for women.

Earlier this year, they won National Lesbian and Gay Chamber of Commerce’s shark tank-like Biz Pitch competition. Check out their wares – including the vest modeled here by Fire Captain Kris Larson – at tomboyx.com

TomboyX vest
TomboyX vest

 

Roger and Chris

Roger and Chris are a totally adorable bear couple who live in Sharon Springs, NY, where they spend their time renovating houses, decorating, photographing and designing new products. Their specialty is producing sofas, but they also sell a range of homeware and lighting, such as this Prism glass utility board ($39/€37) and ‘Rocket’ brass light ($110/€104).

rogerandchris.com

Roger and Chris' Prism utility board (left) and 'Rocket' lamp (right)
Roger and Chris’ Prism utility board (left) and ‘Rocket’ lamp (right)

 

Monthly briefs and other treats

The Next Gay Thing: A box of premium men’s underwear and grooming products delivered each month to your door. The company promise states: ‘Next Gay Thing is here to make sure a gay man never has to suffer through using a straight man product ever again. You are fabulous and you should never forget it. And you deserve at least one treat every month.’ Prices start from $22/€22 a month.

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Next Gay Thing goodie box
Next Gay Thing goodie box

 

Anything but Normal

Poppers are due to be banned in the UK after Christmas. Console your friends with this hand-printed ‘poppers’ T-shirt from designer Philip Normal (£24.95/$37.60/€35.50) Another of his best-selling designs features his Bengal Tiger cat (£19.95/$30/€28.40).

philipnormal.co.uk

Poppers T-shirt by Philip Normal
Poppers T-shirt by Philip Normal
Bengal Tiger T-shirt and shorts by Philip Normal
Bengal Tiger T-shirt and shorts by Philip Normal

 

Mistletoe and wine…

Jasper + Black specialize in ‘trend-forward stationery, gifts and office products’. It’s been awarded LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE®) certification through the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Supplier Diversity Initiative. Products include its range of ‘Toast-Its’ wine bottle wrapping $8.99/€8.50, which includes several designs for the holidays.

toast-its.com

Toast Its wine wrappers - sold in packs of three
Toast Its wine wrappers – sold in packs of three

 

Sweet thing

For those with a sweet tooth, check out the range from Le Bon Garcon. Another NGLCC-affiliated company, the California-based brand was launched by Justin Chaeo in 2010, and specializes in hand-crafted, French-style caramels. Prices start from $5/€4.73 for salted caramel, sticky fudge and mango-passion fruit varieties, or treat someone you love to a 3-6-month subscription from $25/€23.64 a month.

lebongarcon.com

Salted caramel from Le Bon Garcon
Salted caramel from Le Bon Garcon

 

Little Figs

Need to buy something for a kid with same-sex parents? Check out all the clothing from Little Figs – an Ohio-based business run by wives Mary Robinett and Arrin Turnmire. Much of the range features slogans celebrating same-sex families and open-minded child-raising, such as this romper suit ($18.60/€17.60).

Little Figs

'My Moms Rule' one-piece
‘My Moms Rule’ one-piece