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10 Queer Print and Illustration Shops To Support Right Now

"Our favorite Etsy items and brands that are elevating LGBTQIA+ art, Black queer creation, and trans celebration year-round.

Pride is canceled and the world is on fire.

Pack away your glitter, rainbow socks, and pop playlists—the revolution is here, and among the ashes is any social movement that fails to center Black queer and trans people. Period.

With so many links flying around to support the Black Lives Matter movement, we trust that we are all continuously (seriously, get a daily tomato timer, if that helps) opening our wallets to fund the movement, pay reparations, and support organizations working to defund broken police institutions.

The world has been split open and capitalism has been exposed as the harmful system it is: Long overdue for reform, for the sake of all our mental health. In the meantime, however, queer artists still have bills to pay.

We’ve compiled ten of our favorite Etsy items and brands that are elevating LGBTQIA+ art, Black queer creation, and trans celebration year-round. Send your friends and comrades an inspiring card in the mail (which will help to save the USPS while you’re at it). Click around, support queer businesses, and help artists get paid.

James Baldwin Poster

Baldwin was a Black gay icon, and his literature and social impact remain legendary to this day. His words have gone on to inspire generations, and this accompanying illustration proves why. This limited edition print is great framed, or can be tacked on the wall for a daily reminder to work towards social change.

Tony McDade Card

On May 27, 2020, Tony McDade, a Black transgender man, was shot and killed by officers of the Tallahassee Police Department. Vigils and demonstrations have been coordinated in his honor, and support can be allocated to his family’s memorial fund. This 5x7 card comes with an envelope, and costs only a dollar.

Queer Tarot Deck

Amidst the dual crises of the pandemic and ongoing police brutality, self-care and healing efforts are helpful in staying grounded and being of better service to each other and our social movements. This queer, major arcana tarot deck has empowering symbology and illustrations that can help illuminate new directions.

La Luna Mexican Loteria Poster

The beloved Mexican game takes a queer spin from traditional, Latinx iconography. A lesbian couple gazes at the moon on a gorgeous, celestial 22x15 poster.

Black Lives Matter Sticker

This vibrant, 3x3 neon green sticker will attach to a notebook, water bottle, window, laptop case, skateboard, and pretty much anywhere else. All proceeds of this five dollar purchase will be donated to Black Lives Matter. Double win.

Gay Black Lives Matter Tapestry

50 percent of profits from this colorful tapestry will be donated to a Black Lives Matter organization. The Black Power Fist centered on a rainbow background makes this a perfect intersectional gift or decorative piece.

Octavia Butler Print

Black queer-owned shop JacobVJoyce, based in the UK, makes stunning prints that celebrate and amplify the legacies of Black culture makers. This handmade, Octavia Butler illustrated print is a limited edition. But there are plenty more posters and prints in this shop that might likely find their way to your cart!

No Justice No Peace Poster

Weeks have passed since the initial George Floyd demonstrations began, but the uprising is far from over. No Justice No Peace is a vital message in the ongoing BLM movement, and this shop has made it into a poster you can download. Better yet, all proceeds go to the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization based in Montgomery, Alabama, that provides legal representation to prisoners who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes, poor prisoners without effective representation, and others who may have been denied a fair trial.

Black Girl Magic Sticker

As we demand justice for Breonna Taylor, Riah Milton, and Dominique “Rem’Mie” Fells, the BLM movement continues to prioritize intersectional demands for the protection of Black queer and trans lives across the country. Celebrating Black Girl Magic is always vital, and a message that deserves to be showcased—this bright sticker will deliver.

Black Queer Proud Pin

One short message can say it all. This pin reads “Black Queer Proud” and it’s a sentiment that deserves to be worn and showcased daily—during Pride and any other. time of the year. Made in the United States, protest ready.

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