Last year's Pride celebration marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, culminating in worldwide marches, parades, demonstrations, and weekend-long celebrations.
This year, however, with protests prompted by the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and more Black people at the hands of the police, and stay-at-home orders still in effect for many due to the pandemic, Pride month is not looking like those in years past.
That said, now it's more important than ever to celebrate love and togetherness, whether or not physical Pride parades are taking place. And one easy way to spread all that love around is to put your money toward a good cause — by donating to organizations that honor, advocate for, and benefit the LGBTQ+ community.
With many fashion brands getting in on the celebration with Pride collections, you can also shop for an outfit to match this month, knowing that proceeds from your purchase are going to organizations that fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Some, like Puma and ASOS, are designing Pride-themed collections in honor of June's arrival, while others, like our faves TomboyX and Otherwild, focus on queer organizations all year round.
Ahead, check out our A to Z guide to shopping this Pride month.
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Ah, long weekends... In lieu of crowded backyard barbecues, we seared hot dogs on individual mini grills from a safe social distance of six feet. And, instead of pouring rosé out of a shared cooler while not really keeping track of whose glass is whose, we sipped bottled to-go cocktails beneath the cover of face masks. But, despite all of these time-honored traditions being in a state of flux, there is a holiday weekend staple that we can still expect: the sales. As sure as the sun rising in the east, the annual influx of 4th of July sales is business as usual with many of the deals lasting through Sunday eve — and they don’t disappoint. Click through to see what scores we rustled up this year. No matter how you ended up spending the long weekend, you can complete it with a darn good sale, if you're in the market to do so. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Wayfair's July 4th Sale Is Up To 70% OffThe Black One-Pieces Online Shoppers Swear By23 Red Swimsuits For Every 4th Of July Pool Party
It’s been over a month since Black Lives Matter protests started after the police killed George Floyd in May. Since then, protesters in Minneapolis were able to push the city council to disband the police department and begin to reimagine what their security systems will look like. But the protests — and the actions that have come out of them — are not isolated to the city where George Floyd was suffocated and killed: Across America, protesters have continued to demand that officials defund and abolish police forces and change the country’s systemized racism altogether. But one month of civil unrest later and it doesn’t seem that the movement to take action is slowing down by any means. On Monday, June 29, Democrats in Congress proposed legislation that aims to end excessive use of force by police, and get rid of protections that shield police officers who are accused of misconduct from being prosecuted. While laws that protect police officers have already been undone in places like New York, a federal law would be an expansive intervention in the way policing works across the country. In cities like Portland and Minneapolis, student-led campaigns have pushed public school boards to cut ties with the police and take officers out of schools. For Portland schools, that means freeing up $1 million to be used on much-needed social services and more.Despite individual wins and federal policy proposals, protesters and organizers in most cities are still fighting for officials to take real action around the main demand from protesters: defunding police departments and reallocating the funds to underfunded services like education and housing. In Seattle, New York, Baltimore, Portland, and elsewhere, budgets remain in the high millions and billions even after cuts that might seem substantial at first glance. In Seattle, for example, protesters rejected a recent proposal by Mayor Jenny Durkan to cut the police budget by $20 million, which would only be a 5% reduction in funding. And in Los Angeles, council members approved a budget cut of $150 million to LAPD’s $1 billion, still a small slash.Advocates are also asking for real change, rather than symbolic gestures. While officials like D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have named plazas in honor of Black Lives Matter and had “BLACK LIVES MATTER” murals and words painted on streets, activists have said and shown that they want much more than PR stunts that don’t provide any material change. Still, the ever-growing size of the movement has continued to ignite people’s passion to keep protesting and organizing for real justice.Most recently, protests have taken the form of staged sit-ins at government buildings in response to moves for reforms and adjusted budgets rather than defunding plans. In New York, protesters have camped out at City Hall, waging Occupy City Hall for more than a week, in an attempt to pressure de Blasio and other officials in charge of the budget to cut NYPD funds by at least $1 billion, and reallocate it to social services.On top of cutting the police budget, the DefundNYPD campaign also demanded the city not increase NYPD budget lines in 2021, that no new policing-related initiatives are created, and more budget transparency. On the day of the budget vote, June 30, those occupying City Hall in Manhattan stayed the whole night watching the budget meeting from screens outside, with many disappointed in the budget outcome that failed to cut the $1 billion demanded, provided $13 million to the NYPD for “Special Expense,” and further defunded necessary services like healthcare, affordable housing, and more.“The City Council failed New Yorkers today. Instead of shrinking policing, the Council moved cops from the NYPD to other agencies, refused to institute a hiring freeze on police and failed to take meaningful steps to shrink the NYPD’s massive and abusive presence in our communities,” Communities United for Police Reform said in a statement released on July 1 after the budget vote. “We will continue to fight for true justice for our communities, and for a budget that provides New Yorkers with the resources and services that we deserve.”In Philadelphia, protesters have similarly asked city officials to reallocate police budgets into community services, homeless services, and libraries by holding a sit-in at the Municipal Services Building. This came as a last-ditch effort after weeks of protests achieved only a 4.3% reduction in the Philadelphia Police Department’s proposed 2021 budget.Philadelphia has already proposed cutting the city’s $19 million increase to the police budget to $14 million. But according to Flan Park, an organizer in Philadelphia, this falls far short of what organizers demanded. Park said that allies called for at minimum, a $120 million reduction to PPD — an amount equivalent to the total increase to police operating budgets since the current mayor began his first term in office, while other coalition organizations called for things like a 50% reduction and immediate abolition of the police department.“Groups like Philly for Real Justice, Black Lives Matter Philly, and Black and Brown Workers Cooperative have been organizing around the connections between police brutality and economic injustice toward Black Philadelphians for years before this summer,” Flan says. “Their leadership has been pushing these issues for a long time. I don’t think that even a flat or no increase budget for the PPD would have happened this summer without years of groundwork coming to fruition as people rapidly mobilized. But this fight far from finished.”The protests and demands won’t be dying down anytime soon. Over the last month, there have been protests in every state in America, with protests in major cities spanning Seattle to New York continuing each day since May 29. What started as individual protests to call for justice for those killed by police — including George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor — has quickly shifted into a nationwide movement to fundamentally end policing and transform communities. Kandace Montgomery, an organizer with MPD150 in Minneapolis, who has been pushing to defund the police for years, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that this moment feels different from the early days of Black Lives Matter, as more people are joining the cause. “Folks in a very decentralized way are mobilizing to the streets to demand justice. 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This month is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and right now, access to mental health care for people of color is especially critical. Black people have been watching as a disproportionate number of their loved ones die from the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve watched people who look like them be violently killed or threatened — for nothing more than being Black in public. Finding a psychologist or mental health worker is difficult for many people. Your health insurance may not cover it. There may be no counselors near you. And Black people face another challenge: In the United States, just 5.3% of psychologists are Black; 83.6% are white. That means that if you’re a person of color searching for a therapist or any other kind of mental health resource, it might be difficult to connect with someone who looks like you. That’s a problem, since having a therapist of the same race or ethnic background as oneself tends to provide a better “understanding and acceptance of therapeutic interventions and perceived benefit of therapy,” reported a 2006 study from the American Psychological Association. In other words, it makes mental health care more effective. The organizations below offer a variety of mental health services specifically for people of color. Some make it easier to find a therapist of color; others offer access to communities focused on different aspects of mental wellness; others provide yoga or meditation classes led by Black practitioners. Use them, share them, support them as they do their critically important work. ShineShine is a website and mobile app that was co-founded by two women of color. It was created in order to fundamentally shif representation in mental health, and the platform centers around advocating for inclusion in the wellness industry. The app is home to a number of meditations and stories that are predominantly written by and voiced by Black women. Shine is free to download and offers two memberships: free and Shine Premium, which costs $53.99 for a year or $11.99 if you pay by month. Therapy for Black GirlsThe Therapy for Black Girls site has a search function that can help Black women find an in-person or virtual therapist. Founder Joy Harden Bradford, PhD, a licensed psychologist, also hosts a podcast called Therapy for Black Girls, which discusses a variety of mental health issues. For $9.99 a month, you could opt into a community called The Yellow Couch Collective, which hosts Q & As with experts from the podcast and brings you together with other Black women. Inclusive TherapistsAs the name suggests, this site is a resource for people who are looking for inclusive therapists. “We center the needs of marginalized populations, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, the LGBTQ+ community, neurodivergent folx, and people with disabilities,” reads the website. The AAKOMA ProjectThe AAKOMA Project has many initiatives, including free therapy for young Black people and teens in Northern Virginia. Founded by Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, the organization focuses on youth of color, and “works with teenagers and their families to raise awareness, conduct patient-centered research, and encourage young people to begin conversations in their communities,” according to their website. They are also partners of The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, Africa’s Health Matters, and Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Arlington. Boris Lawrence Henson FoundationThe Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation was launched this past April. Named for the founder Taraji P. Henson’s father, who experienced mental health challenges after serving in the Vietnam War, it was created to provide Black families and individuals who are dealing with fallout from the coronavirus pandemic free therapy sessions. According to its website, the foundation is “committed to changing the perception of mental illness in the African-American community by encouraging those who suffer with this debilitating illness to get the help they need.” Their second wave of registration for free therapy opens up on June 5. Ethel’s ClubEthel’s Club has physical locations in Brooklyn, plus an online community that’s open to anyone who’s seeking out wellness, creative, and cultural resources. The social and wellness club offers wellness and workout sessions, livestreamed classes and salons, and a global network — all for a $17/month subscription. 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