How to Support Queer Businesses During Pride Month
Hope persists, and there are actionable ways to enact change. Here are powerful ways to support LGBTQ+ businesses during Pride Month and year-round to promote change, spur economic growth, and help the community thrive.
Speak Out Against Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws
Nathan Brown, Upstate LGBT+ Chamber president and co-founder, insists that it is crucial for voters to persistently advocate for the protection of marginalized populations. Allies can play a vital role by speaking out against legislation that targets LGBTQ+ individuals specifically, whether business-related or not. It is in the best interest of everyone to establish inclusive environments where people can freely live their lives without facing institutional barriers to healthcare, education, employment, or freedom of expression. Voters should engage with their elected officials regarding LGBTQ+ issues and cast their votes in favor of fostering healthy, safe, and economically prosperous communities.
In short: speak up, show up, and don’t give up until equality is achieved.
Buy from Queer Businesses
As with any business, LGBTQ+ businesses need revenue to succeed and thrive. Make it a point to buy from local queer businesses as often as possible this month. If you’re on a tight budget, promote queer business profiles on social media, give glowing Google reviews, and recommend them to others by word-of-mouth.
You can easily find queer businesses in South Carolina by checking the directory on the Upstate LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce website, or by checking the directory on the Carolinas LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce website.
Join Your Local LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce
Did you know that you can become a member of your local Chamber of Commerce, even if you don’t own a business? The Upstate LGBT+ Chamber and the Carolinas LGBT+ Chamber both welcome queer and ally businesses as well as individuals who simply want to support queer businesses in their communities. These organizations help LGBTQ+ businesses succeed by providing professional development, business education workshops, networking events, resources, and so much more. Becoming a member helps these chambers to grow so they can continue doing incredible work for the queer business community.
Queer businesses are vital to South Carolina’s economy and shepherd the way for a brighter future. By standing together, speaking up, and supporting queer entrepreneurs, we can drive positive change, promote economic growth, and help the LGBTQ+ community thrive in South Carolina.