TransLash Media’s Shop Trans: Trans-Owned Business Holiday Shopping Directory has been a living resource since 2020.
In addition to preparing to launch a trans business directory with community features, we’ve compiled even more trans, intersex, two-spirit, and gender nonconforming small businesses for you to support right here.
🎧 Listen to our new TransLash Podcast Shop Trans for the Holidays episode! We love you, TransLash family.
SHOP TRANS-OWNED BUSINESSES WITH TRANSLASH
Missing a few presents? Want to help make a difference? You’ve come to the right place!
Since 2019, Team TransLash has been promoting trans-owned businesses on social media via the #ShopTrans and #TransBusiness hashtags. In 2020 we made a list of trans-owned businesses to support during the holidays and year-round, which we have updated every year.
🎁 Fashion, beauty, art, and professional services: we’ve got you covered! Get to know all the wonderful trans, intersex, two-spirit, and gender nonconforming entrepreneurs below.
These Shop Trans businesses are all available online and some also have physical locations.
Furthermore, we will be updating this list with even more TGNC small business owners in December 2023.
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TRANSLASH PODCAST EP 82: SHOP TRANS FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2023 GUESTS
Oak & Moon Candles & Care, founded by Mikaela Giselle Brooks, offers a unique blend of artisanal, non-toxic luxury essentials.
Handcrafted with the highest quality vegan ingredients, Oak & Moon Candles & Care’s soy wax candles are infused with exquisite oils and fragrances. Brooks’ offerings are designed to create a serene self-care atmosphere in any home, spa, or salon.
Embodying a journey of discovery and innovation, Oak & Moon Candles & Care epitomize the art of fine candle making while championing eco-friendly practices.
SHOP NOW: https://www.oakandmooncandles.com/
Junior Mintt is out to show how Mintty the world can be with a little kindness, empathy, and a strong Black, Trans, Queer perspective. The intrepid artist and entrepreneur is the creator of Mintty Makeup, which is on sale now at over 600 JCPenney stores and has been featured in Vogue Beauty, The CUT, Thrillist, ID, and Gayletter for the work she does on stage and in our community.
No matter what classroom, set, club, or runway you experience Junior Mintt, you will leave feeling motivated and embraced. You can find her on Instagram and Venmo: @juniormintt
SHOP NOW: https://minttymakeup.com/
Experience a fashion revolution with Wearable Art by Jam by Jamaica “Jam” Bridgett. Transcending traditional boundaries to bring art directly onto your body, Wearable Art by Jam offers a vibrant array of gender-neutral clothing. Each piece is a unique expression of creativity.
Break free from the mundane gender binary with Bridgett’s colorful designs, perfect for those seeking to showcase and be seen fully! Embrace a new kind of style: explore their collection online, where art meets style in every garment.
SHOP NOW: https://wearableartbyjam.myshopify.com/
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FEATURED TGNC SMALL BUSINESSES: 2023 EDITION
While promoting our latest #ShopTrans podcast episode offerings we asked our community to submit their small businesses to be featured in our directory update.
Team TransLash will be updating this section with these incredible entrepreneurs and artists throughout December 2023.
⏳ Details coming soon! Follow us on Instagram @translashmedia for even more TGNC small business recommendations.
MORE TGNC BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT YEAR-ROUND
B. Pagels-Minor is the first Black transgender person to create & lead a venture capital (VC) fund. DVRGNT Ventures, launching in 2023, is focused on supporting underestimated founders outside of the typical tech ecosystem across all regions of the USA. This is just ONE of their businesses; learn more about B. in this in-depth Q&A with DCAP MEDIA founder & CEO Daniela “Dani” Capistrano.
ERIK CARNELL, FOUNDER & DESIGNER OF ABPRALLEN
Accessories for the loud, proud, and colourful. Designed in London, UK.
“My name is Erik, and Abprallen is my passion, my outlet, and my work. I named it Abprallen after the German translation of my favorite word: ricochet. We are all ever-changing, moving, bounding from one state or place to another.” Learn more.
FINNEGAN SHEPARD, BOTH& CEO
Finnegan Shepard is CEO and founder of Both& and the creator of Limns, a monthly newsletter exploring a single word or concept through etymology, philosophy, and art. Both& uses evidence-based design to build a proprietary fit and sizing system for the exploding transmasculine, nonbinary, and gnc communities.
MARLI WASHINGTON, gc2b FOUNDER
Marli Washington is a designer and founder of gc2b, a company that produced the first garments designed and explicitly patented for gender-affirming chest binding.
The Maryland-based designer took issue with the lack of safe and comfortable chest binding options. Being a trans man of color, Marli found that most chest binders were uncomfortable or inadequate compression shirts designed primarily for cisgender men. So, in 2015, Marli founded gc2b. Marli created the first line of “nude” binders in five different skin tones. gc2b carries a variety of binder sizes ranging from XS to 5XL to ensure access to binding for all bodies.
CHRIS RHODES, CO-FOUNDER OF FLAVNT STREETWEAR
FLAVNT Streetwear is an Austin-based independent clothing brand for the LGBTQ+ community and allies. Founded with the goal of creating clothes that promote confidence and pride, FLAVNT is all about being comfortable with who you are and flaunting that to the world.
Chris is the other half of FLAVNT Streetwear and is his sister Courtney’s identical twin. Chris is trans, which makes helping trans people out very near and dear to his heart. The original “Pretty Boy,” Chris first created their bestselling shirt for himself and soon realized the design resonated with all types of people. This very idea is what sparked FLAVNT Streetwear into action. Chris is currently penning his first book of poems, is 1/3 of the podcast queerforit, and makes frequent youtube videos at youtube.com/c/seethestarsablaze.
Armani Dae is a transgender Jamaican-American artist, photographer, and actor. His work and store consists of photography prints, one-of-a-kind paintings, published books and apparel. Dae’s paintings also have payment plans available making them accessible to every buyer. Shop here.
“Radically wearable jewelry for everyone”. With founder Al Sandimirova at the helm, Automic Gold aims to design jewelry that is both size inclusive and catered towards a diverse clientele. All pieces are made from reclaimed gold, and shipped in a packaging that is recyclable, making this a company that not only preaches about community, but truly embodies that philosophy. Shop their site here.
Owner Devin-Norelle founded Bye Gender with a mission to help cover everyday expenses for trans people. Formerly known as the Werk Those Pecs Fund and the Bye Gender Trans Survival Fund, what is now The Black Trans Rent Relief Fund relies on the proceeds from zis clothing line. Over the years, the fund has provided many applicants with access to life changing resources. With the increased popularity of zis clothing, they hope to broaden zis impact. Shop trans with Bye Gender and help make a difference.
Italian for “no sex/no gender,” No Sesso is a Los Angeles fashion house founded by Pierre Davis in 2015. A community powered brand that focuses on empowering people of all colors, shapes, and identities, No Sesso has stolen the spotlight with collections that feature a wide range of prints, fabrics, reconstructed materials, and most notably, their signature hand embroidery. No Sesso has been featured in i-d, The New York Times, Cultured, WWD, Vogue Runway FW20, Vogue Runway Spring Season 2020, and more. Shop the clothes here.
Founder Madin Ray Lopez began doing hair in high school. Their mission is to use hair and self-empowerment as a form of social justice while also providing free gender-affirming haircuts, self empowering workshops, food & hygiene boxes, gender affirming clothing, chest binders, menstrual products, and so much more to LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness. Their online shop consists of hair products, as well as pins and clothing. Support ProjectQ by buying their hair products and merch here.
We Live in Truth (We L.I.T.) is a Black trans non-binary-led candle company founded in 2019. The brand focuses on the emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of their community and promotes the healing properties of candles and has a wide array of scents that range from flowery to fruity and more. Support this one-person candle company here.
Chella Man has spent his career as an artist, author, actor, filmmaker, and speaker championing the motto of “Being your own representation” through each medium, helping spread awareness on queer and trans rights, disability justice, mental health, and more. Buy his book Continuum and a copy will be donated to LGBTQ+ disabled youth in America.
MORE SHOP TRANS RESOURCES
- 🎁 LGBTQ+ Business Week (November 27 – December 3, 2023) is a 7-day celebration of LGBTQ+ owned small businesses.
- 🎁 Listen to TransLash Podcast episode Shop Trans for the Holidays (2020)
- 🎁 #LivesAtStake: Shop Trans This Holiday Season REPLAY (December 2020)
- 🎁 Trans Owned Business Directory (2021 – present)
- 🎁 Trans Art Bazaar: in addition to this being a great meet cute spot, it’s the first trans + nonbinary artisan market in NYC!
- 🎁 Queer In Oakland: promotes queer & trans small business owners in the Bay Area.
- 🎁 Queerency’s Holiday Queer gift guide
- 🎁 Trans Economics: Financial Literacy Guide for Trans People
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