It hasn’t been a good week for American transgender people, and the current political climate calls for even more reason to support organizations that work to benefit the trans community. What better way to do your part than support human rights through one of our favorite activities, shopping?
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or to show love for a friend or family member, these clothing companies donate part of their proceeds to organizations that benefit trans youth. Many of these companies produce stock based on customer demand, so keep an eye out for restocks!
Who doesn’t love a comfy t-shirt to lounge around in? TransAction Clothing’s Instagram displays a wide selection of its “Protect Trans Youth” shirts, but its website also offers sweatshirts and stickers with the same message on them. The company aims to spread awareness about transgender issues and donates proceeds to trans-friendly organizations and individual surgeries. This week, all proceeds are being donated to the San Diego Trans Youth Project.
Inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “War Is Over (If You Want It)” campaign, Gender Is Over runs the mission of validating any and everyone’s “chosen gender identities” because “gendered violence and gender inequality are real and pressing issues.” The company produces sweatshirts and tanks whose proceeds go to organizations like Trans Lifeline and FIERCE, according to BuzzFeed.
Designing tanks promoting the beauty of transgender bodies, this brand takes its cue from Laverne Cox’s own hashtag. Buying a tank will donate money to Werk Those Pecs, which aims to help trans people afford pricey surgeries and even just make enough for a living. This shirt design is perfect if you (or a loved one) want everyone to know that you are proud of who you are, no matter what.
4. Point 5cc
Offering t-shirts, snapbacks, beanies and even pendants, Point 5cc links its purchases with the non-profit Point of Pride, which also helps fund transgender surgeries. The company’s clothing is also discreet in that anyone, including those who may not have come out yet or don’t feel safe in their environments, can still feel supportive by wearing these items.