By Sue Kerr
Pittsburgh Current Columnis
A tangible way to show your support for the LGBTQ community this holiday season is to invest in our businesses. Here I’ve compiled a list of 19 queer businesses—18 of them from this region. Please note that every one of these vendors has other items for sale as well as custom and commissioned works, so please explore their full inventory online. Unless noted, all of these artists and businesses are part of the LGBTQ community.
“Yinz is a Gender Neutral Pronoun” T-shirt, XS-4XL, from Etna Print Circus, $25. Shop at etnaprintcircus.bigcartel.com.
#AMPLIFY T-shirts promote LGBTQ storytelling in Western PA, S-3XL, $25. Shop at compressmerch.com.
AmTrans Beanie/Winter Hat. Handmade by Sam Thorp $6 and available on their Etsy shop, samthor.
Custom fit undies created by Glitter Grandpa for all body types. Starting at $35. Select your own fabric and waistband at shopsteerqueer.com.
Beagle and Rickert Books in Dormont has a huge range of reading gift options. Self-styled as a ‘very strange bookstore in Dormont’ They can order any book you like.
Classic Lines bookstore is a gay owned business in Squirrel Hill. Classic Lines is the place in Squirrel Hill for buying new and used books, vintage housewares, home decor, fine art, gifts, gardenalia, and more.
“Troubleshooting” by Selene dePackh, a searing dystopian saga through the eyes of her fiercely female-genderqueer narrator, who learns what it is to be autistic in the new world order.
Health and Wellness
Body Harmony Pittsburgh specializes in supporting your overall wellness through the combination of focused muscular work along with creating a peaceful state of mind during the session. Gift certificates available. Located in the East End and online at pittsburgh-massage.net.
California Cycle Path safe, effective and fun classes intended for all fitness levels variety of class formats including Indoor Cycling, TRX Suspension Training, Heavy Bag Training, Indoor Rowing, POUND and Zumba/Dance Fitness. They also offer open gym time. Find more information at californiacyclepath.com.
Counting Sheep Sleep Mask by Khadijat Yussuff. $15. Handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces for the bedazzling Renaissance kid. Find it at monamona.us.
House and Home
Dark crepe paper floral arrangement in indigo, purple, silver, and black, from The Garden of Artificial Delights. Or order a custom arrangements in your preferred colors from Soren Lundi’s Etsy shop online. $65 (prices vary by item).
Salvaged wood photo frame with your choice of a Pittsburgh image from Abandoned Pittsburgh for $35. Shop at abandonedpittsburgh.com.
Golden Girls Friendship Rings, choose from the Rose, Blanche, Dorothy or Sophia, or buy a set of all four from Steer Queer at shopsteerqueer.com. $15 per ring. Rings are silver in color and adjustable.
Must Love Goats Porcelain and Pearl Bracelet from Archaeotype’s shop on Etsy. $25.
Confetti and death hair clip at Drag’n Fyre Designs which offers unique, one of a kind inspired glass and gemstone jewelry, paintings, hair accessories, wands and more. $10 and up. Check their Facebook page for more information.
The official soundtrack to City Theatre’s production of “Pipeline” as written by Dominique Morisseau. Featuring original music featured in the play written and composed by 1Hood artists, including local queer musician, Brittney Chantelle. Available at 1hood.org.
Queer scouts badge screenprint by Mary Tremonte for $20+
This book A-MAZE-ING America: 50 Mazes of the 50 States by local artist and ally Joe Wos is a terrific holiday gift for kids of all ages.
The pop-rock band HAIM has a very cool long sleeve “Haimmukkah” T-shirt for sale to benefit the 3 congregations targeted in the October shooting in Squirrel Hill – Tree Of Life/Or L’Simcha, New Light Congregation, and Dor Hadash. One drawback is the shirt only comes in sizes S-XL, but hopefully the band will add sizes to future runs.
Honorary yinzer and bisexual singer-songwriter Jill Sobule released her first album in over a decade, titled Nostalgia Kills, and she’s offering all sorts of discounts and autographed dreidels with every purchase. $15 and up.