It’s June, so you know what that means: Pride Month! Finally, us gays can come out of hibernation and flaunt our stuff. Not sure what to wear during the Pride Parade? We’re here to help. Whether you belong to the LGBTQ+ community or you're an ally, you can show off your Pride with some really cute stuff. Here are 17 highly rated and downright amazing Pride Month essentials you need in your wardrobe, whether you’re heading to a march or a parade, or just living your life.
1. Pins to proclaim your preferred pronouns
You can’t and shouldn’t just assume anyone’s gender, and in loud places like parades and parties, you might not be able to ask them what they prefer. These nifty pins will let you wear your preferred pronouns on your person so no one is confused and everyone’s happy.
2. A multi-colored fanny pack to carry your stuff
Pride is all about having a good time, which includes dancing and grabbing the free goodies thrown your way from the parade route. You’ll need your hands free, and a place to stash your phone, wallet, and parade swag, so pack your essentials in this fitting and oh-so-trendy fanny pack to avoid losing anything.
3. A fun way to be your own gay superhero
People love to bring their flags to Pride but it’s actually quite hard to wear a regular flag without it falling off easily. This rainbow flag is designed to be worn rather than flown, making it easy to wear the gay pride flag around your neck all day and night long.
4. A quirky shirt for those who play for both sides
This shirt brings some always-enjoyable levity to the commonly forgotten B in LGBTQ+. It’ll put a smile on people’s faces while allowing you to brandish your bi-pride colors as well. It comes in adult and youth sizes, too so folx of all ages can find the style and size for them.
5. Some festive shorts to keep you cool
Pride Month is in June, which is the beginning of summer, which means it's going to be hot, hot, hot! Do yourself a favor and wear these cute shorts that not only fit the theme, but will match just about any top you decide to wear with them. Bonus, now you can rock your pride when you workout too.
6. A cute top to support trans rights
Whether you’re transgender or support trans rights, this is the shirt for you. It’s made of the adorable pink and blue trans-pride colors and bears a statement that you (hopefully) believe in. It sends across a good message that not everyone thinks of during Pride, since trans folx often get overshadowed by the more prominent gay pride. Plus since the colors are so bright but different from the traditional rainbow look, you’ll stand out from the crowd.
7. Non-binary representation in the form of a sweet tee
Pride is a great time to celebrate non-binary folx who don't fit the gender binary, meaning they express a combination of masculinity and femininity, or might not express as a man or woman at all. This shirt, with the NB colors, is a reminder that non-binary people exist, are valid, and should be treated with the same love and respect as everyone else.
8. A pin to subtly proclaim who you are
If you’re not the kind of person who likes to shout your pride from the rooftops with a giant rainbow flag, that’s okay. You can still celebrate Pride your own way. It’s for every other queer out there, whether you’re big and bold or more of a wallflower or even if you’re not quite ready to come out, and that goes for everyone, including the bisexual crowd. You can don this subtle pin in quiet solidarity to let the world know who you are without shouting it in their faces.
9. A silly marriage equality shirt for the nerdy partygoer
This is something I could totally see the nerdy dad of a queer child (or a queer, nerdy dad) wearing. It’s a cute shirt with a good message, but laughably lame. I love it and if your parent or someone older wants to come to support you but doesn’t know what to wear, something along the lines of this would be pretty clear. It shows the crowd that they are an ally, though they might look pretty straight otherwise. And if you’re just nerdy and proud but don’t want to draw too much attention, this is a great choice too.
10. Gay socks! Because obviously, you need them
These socks are fun because you can wear them with shorts so your outfit really says, "Hello world, I am gay!" — like you should do at Pride. But you can also wear them under your professional business khakis at work on Monday and no one will even know they’re there. It’ll be like a little whisper to the world—a way to say, "yes, I’m still very gay, just busy working right now." Everyone always needs more socks and these can be a nice little secret you keep with yourself all the time.
11. A shirt that will put a smile on lots of faces
A big part of Pride events are the outfits and styles people flaunt, and t-shirts with statements that are as witty as they are proud are perfect if you’re not planning to go all out. This shirt will automatically make people smile and then make them smile even more when they realize what that means, regardless of how they identify. You’re sure to get a few laughs and comments about it, and maybe make some new friends along the way.
12. Rainbow dog tags to let people know who you fight for
This dog tag-style necklace is great to pair with virtually any outfit during Pride Month, but why not wear it the rest of the year too? With its stainless steel, gold-plated base, this necklace is something that I’d absolutely wear any day to spice up any plain old outfit.
13. A chest binder for expressing your true identity
Pride is the one time a year the LGBTQ+ community can gather in whatever clothes they want and not worry (too much) about harassment since they’ll be surrounded by others just like them. This chest binder comes in seven fun colors, is made of breathable cotton, and will help to make your chest appear flatter without restricting your breathing. I’m not saying this is the best one out there (it’s probably not), and I’m definitely not an expert on binders. But at this low price, why not give it a shot and see how it goes? The worst that happens is you wear it for a day and decide it’s not right for you, and you’re only out $20 (or you have to deal with returns).
14. A bee-lightful way to show your lesbian pride
This shirt is a great way to get some buzz. There’s tons of apparel out there for the different sexualities and genders, but this is the first one I found that really made me smile. It’s clever and adorable, yet so simple. Plus, it comes in a ton of adult sizes, so you can definitely find one that looks great and will make you stand out in a crowd.
15. A stylish hat to protect your head and subtly show your pride
Maybe you’re gay but you’re not totally out yet. It's perfectly fine if it's not in your style to wear a shirt that says “GAY AF” on it or knee-high furry rainbow leg warmers with rainbow suspenders paired with a rainbow bow-tie and glittery spandex booty shorts. So you plan on going to Pride in jeans, maybe a band tee, and some Converse sneakers. But you don’t want anyone thinking you’re straight, either. So this hat fits into your subtle, hipster, dad-hat aesthetic.
16. A simple, understated ‘dad hat’ that’s a little more obvious
If you like the idea of a subtle hint of your community, whether an ally or a member, but want to make sure there’s no question of your loyalties, this PRIDE baseball cap might be a better choice. Plus, who doesn't love a good dad hat?
17. A not-so-subtle reminder of how far we’ve come
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, an event now considered to be the first actual “Pride.” What people often don’t know is that, back then, Pride wasn’t just rainbows, unicorns, and Lady Gaga—it was police checking your private parts and arresting you if you weren’t dressed according to what they found “down there.”
I encourage you to actually read up on what happened at the Stonewall Riots because it’s not only shocking, but it makes you realize that we as a country haven’t really come as far as it might seem sometimes. But this shirt is a reminder to those celebrating this Pride to reflect on all those queer people 50 years ago who fought so hard, spent many nights in prison for doing nothing but being who they truly are, in order for us to be able to celebrate here today.
18. A shirt for when you’re straight
Pride is really a time for the LGBTQ community to thrive and be amongst each other, celebrating our accomplishments and grieving over our loses. Allies are welcome of course but please, PLEASE, I cannot stress this enough, do not make pride about you. Stay back and enjoy the festivities from the sidelines. Take home some rainbow goodies. Do not take any pictures or video of anyone without their consent because you might accidentally out someone.
Just be happy to be there and remember these people face discrimination on a daily basis, so let them have their moment. This t-shirt lets you let people know you’re a supporter but doesn’t overstep any bounds that might upset people, however good your intentions may be.
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