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Our community is full of amazing entrepreneurs. People that are shunning their corporate jobs and deciding to create their own businesses.
Like every member of our community, we want to support them and their success is our success. But what can we do to help queer business owners? Particularly those run small businesses, both online and stores.
Why you should support queer business owners?
Let’s start by addressing this. What is the benefit of supporting small businesses that are owned and managed by members of the LGBT community?
Well, there are lots of good reasons:
- Better representation. The Office for National Statistics suggested that the percentage of people that identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual is around 2%. But only 0.3% of CEOs are non-heterosexual. Supporting queer businesses means that you are working to address this imbalance.
- Better working conditions. Businesses owned by the LGBT community are more likely to champion equal rights. Something we definitely need more of.
- Addressing the pay gap. Gay men and those identifying as transgender and non-binary are paid less than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. You can do something about that.
In summary, you are supporting your peers, creating a more equal world and addressing the money imbalances in our community. Now let us take a look at what you can do.
What you can do to help?
If you read the above and though it all sounded lovely then you are probably wondering what you can do to support these businesses. Here are my top three:
Spend your money there
If you choose to buy products from these companies then you hitting all of the three points I have made above. Your money is one of your greatest tools when it comes to shaping the world that you want to see, so used it wisely.
Sometimes, it will not always be possible to do this, but whenever you have a choice then please do. If there is no queer-owned business selling what you want, then look for a company that is proactive in supporting their LGBT workers.
Share their social media posts
If there is nothing you need to buy, or perhaps what they sell isn’t to your taste, you can share and engage with their social media posts.
This is a free way to help people in our community reach new customers and perpetuated their business. Just because you can’t buy doesn’t mean that someone else can’t.
Work with them on charity events
When running charity events, particularly if it is to raise funds around LGBTQIA+ causes, then contacted these businesses to see if they would be willing to sponsor you, help or donate.
This is a great way to promote businesses whilst supporting charitable causes and in turn it creates a safer world for future generations of queers.
What are your favourite queer-run businesses?
Tell us your favourite businesses below and let us grow our community together. I may include them in a future post.
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