How To Support LGBTQ+ Causes During Pride Month — and Beyond

“Lover’s Stance” by Terran McNeely, one of the original artworks for sale until July 31 at CRUSH. Photography courtesy of Xposed.

Here are ways to continue the support you cultivated throughout Pride Month, from shopping for art and making donations to watching TV (seriously).

Pride Month is coming to a close, but allyship and support for LGBTQ+ communities is needed all year round. Below you’ll find all sorts of ways you can continue the support you cultivated throughout Pride Month, from shopping and making donations to watching TV (seriously).

Donate directly to queer folks

One of the best things you can do to support LGBTQ+ communities is to skip the middle person and support queers directly. If you follow lots of queer folks on social media, it’s likely you’re already part of a mutual-support network and frequently see calls for donations to

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The Merit Baseball Cap is Perfect For Summer + More Beauty News

Photography via instagram.com/merit

Including the first drops from Selfless by Hyram, new shampoo and conditioner from Superzero and more.

Pacifica’s Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara is officially available in stores

Launched earlier this week at Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada, Pacifica’s new Vegan Collagen Mascara is a must-try if you’re serious about long, lush lashes. The clean beauty brand’s Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara is formulated with good-for-you ingredients that are often found in skincare products, like plant-based collagen. Not only does it leave you with defined, fluffy lashes, but it actually coats your eyelash cuticles to condition and help improve lash strength as you wear it.

The Body Shop commits to being 100 percent vegan-certified by 2023

The Body Shop has just announced that it’s upping its current animal and planet-friendly practices and is committing to being 100 percent vegan-certified

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Toronto Pride 2021: 40 Memories From Pride TO’s First 40 Years

Photography courtesy of Dean Odorico

Four decades in, Pride Toronto remains an important site of activism and queer celebration.

Toronto Pride 2021 marks 40 years since Toronto’s first Gay Pride Week. Over four decades, what started as a series of small marches and picnics has turned into a behemoth festival that spans an entire month. In 2019, 1.9 million people attended Pride Month events during the organization’s last non-digital festival.

Always a mix of protest and celebration, queers who took part in the early years of Toronto Pride had a lot to rally against. Tim McCaskell, the granddaddy of Canadian gay activism, recounts in Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer how early Pride events acted as protests against police harassment, lies about homosexuality in the media and the Ontario Human Rights Code’s failure to protect lesbians and gay men.

Over the years,

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Miss Moço on Returning to IRL Drag for Pride and Educating The Next Gen

Photography courtesy of Miss Moço.

This Pride Month, FASHION is giving space to local LGBTQ2S+ voices in the creative community to share what it means to them — and how they’ll be celebrating.

When Toronto-based drag queen Miss Moço appears at the PlayDate Pride event (with food and drink included with your ticket) on June 27, she’ll be hitting the stage with other reigning stars such as Jada Hudson, Kiara, Juice Boxx, Steak and Manny Dingo; the event will be hosted by Tiffany Boxx.

For these fierce faces, the socially-distanced outdoor show won’t simply be another item in a joyful, educational and healing schedule of festivities — it will be a comeback after the thick of COVID-19 in much of Canada, a time during which many drag artists were only able to perform virtually for fans.

“The

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Indigenous TikTok Creators You Should Follow Immediately

Photography courtesy of Kairyn Potts

From showing off Indigenous regalia to educating people on shared histories, these Indigenous content creators deserve an instant follow.

Today marks the 25th annual National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, a time to celebrate the richness of Indigenous culture while recognizing there is still much work that needs to be done in regards to reconciliation. Through fashion, music and comedy (among other things), Indigenous content creators have been educating people through their social media platforms — and we can’t get enough. To help you get started, here is a list of five creators who are amplifying Indigenous stories through their lived experiences and sharing it on TikTok.

Marika Sila (@thatwarriorprincess)

@thatwarriorprincessGuess which part was more fun to play? 🐒 The receptionist? Or the Queen? 👑 ##nativeamerican ##culture ##indigenous ##inuit ##feminist♬ The Queen is Coming – Seth
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