Happy New Year! Goodbye, 2017, but more importantly, hello, 2018!
The New Year is a time when many people make resolutions for what they’re going to do differently or better. Sometimes people also set goals for themselves.
We think you’re perfect exactly as you are.
But, if you want to make any resolutions for 2018, we invite you to join us in this one:
In 2018, we resolve to support queer lady business.
What’s that, you ask? We mean businesses that are owned and run by queer women, who look to fill a needed niche for queer women, and who work to lift up and empower queer women with their product or service.
We started Fangirl Shirts because too often, we couldn’t find geeky T-shirts that were designed specifically with women in mind. We also had trouble finding a variety of products that celebrated female characters, queer characters, and queer relationships. And if we did find those things in the mass market, we weren’t always sure if our money was going to a company that shared our values.
So we started our own company. Now we make the shirts we want to wear.
Similar stories have played out in other industries – media, entertainment, publishing, apparel, fan conventions and more. If queer ladies wanted something but couldn’t find it, then they made their own thing. We want to support that, because their thing is also our thing.
What does support mean?
- Financial support – buying products, paying for subscriptions, attending events
- Amplifying voices – following these brands on social media, liking and sharing their content
- Spreading the word – if you like something you get from these businesses, tell your friends about it
At ClexaCon 2017, we led a panel called Queer Lady Business, where we and other queer business owners talked about what it’s like to run businesses that have queer women as their customers, that seek to serve the LGBTQ+ community, and that give back. We were joined by:
- Anita Dolce Vita, founder of dapperQ, the premier queer style and empowerment website for masculine presenting women and trans-identified individuals
- Christin Baker from tello films, producer and distributor of innovate, high-quality webseries with a lesbian focus.
- Our moderator Andi Marquette, author and blogger at Women & Words, who has since founded a queer lady publishing company, Dirt Road Books
We’re happy to tell you that Queer Lady Business will be back at ClexaCon 2018 in Las Vegas. So far the panel includes us, Ebone Bell from Tagg Magazine, and Christin from tello films, with Andi returning as our moderator. We had an amazing experience discussing this topic with the women on last year’s panel as well as the attendees, and we’re so excited to do it again this year with both new and familiar faces. We hope we’ll see you there!
They say “if you build it, they will come.” Along those same lines, with businesses, if you support them, they will thrive. The only way to keep queer lady businesses in business is to support them, buy their products, and tell your friends about them. Find companies that are making products or offering events and services that you want, spreading messages you believe in, and being a force for good in the world. Then do whatever you can to show everyone that you love what they’re doing and want them to continue – including spending money on them.
Here’s a short, non-comprehensive list of queer lady businesses that we support. We also thought about trying to making a full list of queer lady businesses, but we quickly realized that other places have already done that, so we’re going to link to them instead.
- Autostraddle – Fangirl Shirts is an A+ member
- Black Girl Nerds – we are a Patreon for Black Girl Nerds
- ClexaCon – we’re a sponsor of ClexaCon in 2018
- Tagg Magazine – we are subscribers, and are excited that Ebone Bell, founder and Editor In Chief of Tagg Magazine, will be joining us for Queer Lady Business at ClexaCon 2018!
- tello Films – we subscribe to premium content from tello Films, and are excited that Christin Baker is returning to Queer Lady Business at ClexaCon 2018!
Links to lists of Queer Lady Businesses
- Autostraddle’s tag “Buy Queer” lists over 100 queer lady businesses
- Bella Books published A Very Fandom Christmas Guide this year
- ClexaCon Sponsors from 2017 and 2018 Sponsors
- Go Mag published a list of 20 queer-owned businesses
- Tagg Magazine’s article about the website Lesbian Business Community
We know these lists don’t include everything. Please let us know if there’s a queer lady business list we should add by leaving a comment. Thanks for reading!
Take care of yourselves and each other.
Here’s to a happy, healthy, and queer 2018!