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LGBT-owned food brands to support this Pride Month (and every month, really)

By Brooke Villanueva Published Jun 18, 2021 5:58 pm

As members and allies of the trans community continue to fight for equality online and offline, it would be great to use our own purchasing power to directly support them, too.

This Pride Month, some food brands have released (or repromoted) rainbow-themed offerings to express their support for the incredible community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual or LGBTQIA+.

There’s also a lot of queer-owned businesses in the food scene that we can help thrive, especially during these uncertain times. You might want to consider buying from some—or all—of them. 

Started by queer lovers Nariese Giangan and Chippy Abando, Food for the Gays Café has been making the rounds online for its rainbow-themed and yummy offerings—from the rainbow grilled cheese sandwich to iced coffee. 

Pictured below is Miel Ochoa, the lovely queer cook behind well-loved food spot Puesto. The restaurant offers Asian and Asian-fusion dishes perfect for vegans, vegetarians, and pescatarians.

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Another food brand offering vegan dishes is Vegan Atashi, which was founded by siblings Sef and Aika Loseo alongside the latter’s boyfriend Kev Benedian. What started as a veganism transition during the early lockdown turned into a business offering yummy dishes made with plant-based ingredients. “Atashi was technically Japanese, which means ‘ako’ in Tagalog, adapted by Filipino gay vocabulary,” said Sef, an LGBTQIA+ community member. Among the store’s bestsellers are Cauli Chick-uhn, vegan sisig, and plant-based lasagna. 

Plant-based lasagna | Photo from Vegan Atashi

Sebastian’s Ice Cream has released Pride Pops and Rainbow Ice Cream cake for this month’s Pride, which were both crafted by its head sorbetero, proud LGBTQIA+ member Ian Carandang. 

Miss Mela’s Peanut Butter is owned by Mela Habijan. She’s a proud transgender woman who won the crown at Miss Trans Global 2020—an inclusive pageant that puts the spotlight on the beauty and wit of trans women on a global scale.

Owned by an architect-turned-baker who is also part of the LGBT community, Butter Boy is loved for its croissant offerings. This includes its recently released French Vanilla Rainbow Croissant that’s generously stuffed with French Vanilla cream filling inside. 

Article thumbnails from the stores’ Instagram accounts