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3 Pride facts for queer liberation

by Step Tranovich on June 21, 2024

We’re halfway through Pride month and I thought I’d drop some fun facts about how it came to be, how people continue to show their Pride, and why queer-owned businesses deserve our continued support.

Fun Fact #1

Motivated by the Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969, Pride parades kicked off one year later. But they weren’t called parades, and they looked far different from the Pride parades of today.

Rather, they were called gay liberation marches, and were undertaken as a form of protest and a call for queer liberation.

Fun Fact #2

The first Pride flag was designed by gay artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. It had eight stripes, each color symbolizing a different concept, including life, healing, serenity, and sex. 

Today, there are over 20 different pride flags that represent the queer community, many of which you can find mirrored in our Pride Pack bundles, from our Trans Pride Pack to our Asexual Pride Pack to our Lesbian Pride Pack.


Which Pride Pack speaks most to you?

Fun Fact #3

According to the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), queer-owned businesses contribute over a trillion dollars to the U.S. economy. We love to see it!

We should continue uplifting and supporting those businesses—especially the small ones! 

Putting your dollars back into queer-owned businesses strengthens the queer community, creates economic empowerment for queer folks, and both builds and celebrates everything we've created.

For a sense of what’s out there, take a look at the map created by Everywhere Is Queer.

And don’t forget the purveyor of your favorite adorable little monsters.


Support CLF this Pride season!

And thank you, of course, for all the support you’ve given us throughout the year. - Step


P.S. There’s still one last chance to celebrate Pride with us IRL. Join CLF at San Francisco Pride on June 29 and 30!