Gear up with Pride 2020's must-have accessory, the mask
For the first time in LGBTQ Pride's modern history, we won't be celebrating en masse with parades and circuit parties. There will be no floats raining down condoms and swag to rainbow clad festival-goers. While that feels like a major bummer, Pride has never really been about all the bells, whistles, and glitter. It's about solidarity and community, something we can all practice from a distance. What better way to show your love and care for your community than with practicing safe social distancing and wearing a damn mask. These masks are available through LGBTQ-owned companies and non-profits. (These masks are not a replacement for medical-grade Personal Protective Equipment, but cloth face masks have been recommended by the CDC to reduce viral transmission. Read up on the importance of facial coverings here.)
Billiam is a denim company out of Greenville, SC and this clothier teamed up with Update Pride to provide free masks to those in the LGBTQ community who are immunocompromised. You can score your own mask in a variety of denim fabrics, with a sweet little rainbow stripe, on Billiam's retail site.
These clavas are as multi-purpose and can be used as a colorful alternative to traditional face masks. Queer-owned TomboyX is famous for their comfy and inclusive undies, and this clava is made from the same material.
The Human Rights Campaign has been working for LGBTQ rights and equality for forty years. 100% of proceeds from the HRC shop go back into the organization.
While the Baltimore Eagle Leather Bar is currently closed, they have found a way to stay close to their community, literally. The bar is selling fabulous masks that feature shirtless or mustachioed men, or more subtle versions including a nod to leather community pups and even a classic rainbow. Curbside pickup is available for locals, but they also do have shipping options.
This Washing DC-based org is doing great things year-round, and you can give a nod to their hard work with this logo mask. They are also including a small hand sanitizer with orders while supplies last.
This queer-owned store makes all kinds of pride gear, but this is the most important this year. This rainbow mask is dedicated and inspired by LGBTQ doctors, nurses, and health professionals. $2 from each purchase will go to The Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
This City by the Lake located store is also PrideFlags.com, but has pivoted to making masks for the community in the face of Covid-19. With this bundle, you can get a Chicago-themed Pride flag and mask. A number of masks from PrideMasks are being set aside for Chicago-based first responders as well.
While they may not be blazoned with rainbows, you can still show your pride by rocking this lesbian-owned clothing brand's dapper logo. These masks come in a variety of colors, are soft and comfy (I bought one myself) and $1 of each sale goes to the San Diego LGBT Center.