Whether you’re a Cape May local or here visiting, here are 3 ways you can celebrate Pride Month while you’re in town:
- Make a donation to Equality Cape May
- Support LGBTQ+ Makers
- Attend the PRIDE March on June 22nd
Donate to Equality Cape May
Equality Cape May is a grassroots organization on a mission to build and strengthen Cape May County's LGBTQIA2S+ community and promote welcoming attitudes and equality through civic and social action, advocacy, and community connection. They kicked off Pride Month with a fundraiser for the 2024 LGBTQIA+ Youth Scholarship Initiative. Check their Facebook page for other upcoming safe and inclusive community meetups and events. To make a donation and support their efforts, Venmo @Equality-CapeMay.
Support LGBTQ+ Makers & Businesses
Good Deeds Market features a number of products produced by queer artisans! You can celebrate Pride month and love on the earth at the same time by buying sustainable goods from the LGBTQ+ owned businesses highlighted below.Simple Alchemy
This small business duo makes zero-waste lip balm, deodorant and lotion for Good Deeds Market. These great plastic-free and all-natural products are made by Col and Bee, a couple who lives in an 800 square foot cabin in the woods in Oregon.
Col has sensitive skin herself and was inspired to learn the science behind making products that are good for both the environment and your skin. One of her favorite products is the eco-friendly lip balm, made with all natural coconut oils, castor, sunflower and apricot kernels, shea butter and more. You can buy the Peppermint or Original natural lip balm for $12, online or in-store.
Here at Good Deeds, we’re a big fan of the unscented solid lotion. Made from a mix of organic oils, this smooth lotion includes matcha powder, a natural ingredient to help protect you from the sun. You can buy it for $20, online or in-store.
The Bower Studio
This small artist’s collective is based in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Good Deeds Market is proud to carry their handmade and sustainable seed cards. The company was founded by Isa Wang (he/him) who identifies as trans, and Vincent Frano (he/they). They’ve grown to a team of nine since their 2011 founding and they continue to donate a whopping 10% of profits to ecological organizations!
You can browse their seed cards on our website here. Buy one for any occasion and give your friends and family the accompanying gift of a small wildflower garden!
Microcosm Publishing is an LGBTQ+ owned publishing house and distributor based out of Portland, Oregon. They equip readers to make positive changes in their lives and the world around them. Microcosm emphasizes skill-building, showing hidden histories, and fostering creativity through challenging conventional publishing wisdom with books and zines about DIY skills, food, bicycling, gender, self-care, and social justice. Microcosm focuses on relating the experiences of what it is like to be a marginalized person and strives to be recognized for spirit, creativity, and value. All books are printed in the U.S., and the company doubles the industry average in number of women authors and prioritizes hiring of special needs employees. Browse books distributed by Microcosm here.
Attend the Pride March
And if you want to gather with others this Pride month, join Equality Cape May on Thursday, June 22 at 5:45pm for their annual pride march. It’s a great time and I don’t want to miss it; I hope I’ll see you there. We’ll start at Cove Beach and walk to the convention center. You can follow the organization on Instagram or Facebook for updates.
In addition to Good Deeds Market, here are a handful of other local businesses that are LGBTQIA+ friendly.
LGBTQ+ Friendly Businesses in Cape May, NJ
Good Deeds Market, 31 Perry St. Cape May, NJ
Peace Pie, 326 Carpenter’s Ln., Cape May, NJ
Exit Zero Ferry Station, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., North Cape May, NJ
Ostara’s Coffee House, 600 Park Blvd., 29-3, West Cape May, NJ
Fine Fellows Ice Cream, 313 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ
Perigree Moon, 301 Broadway, West Cape May, NJ