9 Plant-Based LGBTQ+ Businesses to Support Pride Month Now (and Always)

9 Plant-Based LGBTQ+ Businesses to Support Pride Month Now (and Always)

  • Hannah Bugga
  • Hannah Bugga

Every June, pride events remind us of the courage, pain, and persistence that got us where we are today. Mercy For Animals has been honored to stand with the LGBTQ+ community over the years because fighting for the rights of any oppressed group helps protect the rights of all.

This year, however, instead of marching in pride parades or taking part in other in-person events, many of us are protecting ourselves and our communities by staying indoors. But that doesn’t mean we can’t support the LGBTQ+ community!

Below are nine completely plant-based LGBTQ+ businesses that could use your support during Pride Month and beyond:

Ichiza Kitchen

Located in Portland, this cozy pan-Asian restaurant offers tasty vegan cuisine and rare oolong teas in a comfortable environment. Head Chef Cyrus Ichiza, a punk rock drag queen and body piercer, opened Ichiza Kitchen with his partner, Ryan Wythe.

Ichiza Kitchen is currently open for delivery and pickup through their website.

Seitan’s Helper

Amanda Fox runs her plant-based pop-up, Seitan’s Helper, with her wife, Cheyanne. Amanda describes her work this way: “I end up doing a lot of research about the actual meat, where it popularly comes from, what it goes with. All the seasoning.” The couple offers handmade vegan deli meats and adorable “Gay for Seitan” stickers.

Find locations serving Seitan’s Helper deli meat here.

The Fiction Kitchen

Chef Caroline Morrison started The Fiction Kitchen with her partner and co-owner, Siobhan Southern, in 2013. Together they serve an array of decadent vegan dishes, along with signature cocktails, local beers, and wine, to patrons in Raleigh, North Carolina.

While the restaurant is currently closed, Chef Caroline is encouraging her customers to support their local farmers. But stay tuned—The Fiction Kitchen is searching for a way to reopen soon!

Glory Doughnuts

Glory Doughnuts Instagram account proudly declares: “Hand Made. Organic. 101% Vegan. Woman + Queer Owned and Operated. Neighborhood Favorite since 2013.” Located in Frederick, Maryland, the restaurant is owned and run by partners Alissa and Keirsten Straiter. Alissa describes the atmosphere of Glory Doughnuts:

I want people to know when they walk through the door, we want them to feel like a friend. If you come here and eat and hang out, you are part of the Glory Doughnuts family.

You can support Glory Doughnuts by ordering food for pickup!

BeetXBeet

BeetXBeet was founded by graphic designer Jacky Wasserman, a proud vegan and member of the queer community. Her lifestyle brand is committed to “spreading awareness and raising consciousness around the choices we make every day.” Jacky’s company has contributed to organizations like Mercy For Animals, Planned Parenthood, and the LA LGBT Center.

You can support BeetXBeet by purchasing products—including masks—from their website.

Heidi Ho

Heidi Ho rose to fame when founder Heidi Lovig pitched her plant-based cheese on Shark Tank in 2014. In one of the fastest deals in the show’s history, Heidi secured a whopping $125,000. Free of soy, gluten, and dairy, Heidi’s cheese is created from sustainably sourced nuts, seeds, vegetables, and other preservative-free ingredients.

Heidi Ho is currently available at select grocery stores nationwide, including Whole Foods.

Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe

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Friends, I never thought I would have to say these words… Howell Belser, DV co-owner, baker, and my wonderful and amazing wife, had been battling cancer, has passed away. . This is a devastating loss. My heart, and those of our families, friends and DV family are broken. In many ways, our customers and supporters are also our family, and I am sorry that those of you who knew Howell and cared about her are having to find out this way. . Howell’s kindness, loving heart and compassion was undeniable. And if you have had our scones or cinnamon rolls, you know she was also an amazing baker. A fact she was quite proud of. Howell’s passion for Dulce Vegan was driven by her desire “to cultivate an experience of joy, community, and acceptance. A safe space for the LGBTQ community. A place where ALL people from all walks of life feel welcome.” And lastly, for me, her partner and wife, whose dream it was to open our cafe. . She certainly forever changed our hearts, our worlds and we are grateful for the limited time we had with her. To say that she will be missed is an understatement. . As you all know, we have been closed for a while due to stay-at-home orders and and our commitment to put people first, prioritizing the health and safety of both our staff and our customers- but we will also be taking time now to grieve and appreciate your patience.

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Idalys Sansores and her wife, Howell Belser, founded Atlanta’s Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe as a place for anyone to come in and enjoy a tasty plant-based pastry, a breakfast sandwich, or coffee. Tragically, Howell recently passed away after battling cancer. Howell had always desired “to cultivate an experience of joy, community, and acceptance,” said Idalys. “A safe space for the LGBTQ community. A place where ALL people from all walks of life feel welcome.”

While the restaurant is currently closed, you can support them by buying a gift card.

Pixie Retreat

Willow O’Brian and her partner, Theresa Keane, founded the plant-based Pixie Retreat after previous careers in fashion and music, respectively. The duo loves the organic farms of the Pacific Northwest and the conscientious community surrounding them. Pixie Retreat has three locations throughout Portland.

Order on Pixie Retreat’s website for pickup or delivery!

Gay 4 U

Gay 4 U is an Oakland-based vegan restaurant run by trans woman Sofi Espice. Gay 4 U proudly declares on Instagram that “Trans POC Eat Free.” The company has also delivered food to encampments in downtown and West Oakland and gone out of their way to hire from the trans-POC community. You can support them by donating to their gofundme!

Stay up to date on all things queer and vegan this Pride Month by following Mercy For Animals on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!