Pride month is celebrated in the United States of America every June to commemorate the Stonewall riots at New York city that took place in last days of June 1969, wherein gays, lesbians, and transgender persons held a series of protests after the police who raided the Stonewall Inn and other nearby establishments where the former are patrons. The initial marches during Pride month highlighted the concepts of liberation and freedom given the seemingly criminalization of the legal system towards the LGBT community; however, in the 1980s, there has been a major shift in the Stonewall Riot commemorations – marches veered away from its radical beginnings and now highlighted the concept of gay pride, putting emphasis on the impact of the community in various fields.

In recognition of the hardwork and contribution of all the amazing people in the rainbow spectrum, let us show love and support to them by buying from local businesses that are LGBT-friendly and/or LGBT-owned.

Below are some of the stores with positive customer feedbacks and made contribution to the LGBT community. BiBWorks Express can help deliver food and other goods from these stores in Arizona and California.

Bliss reBAR

Established in 2010, this gay bar in downtown Phoenix has a casual, relaxed, and welcoming atmosphere that offers classic American comfort food at great value. Customers rave about the Downtown beef sliders and cheesy mac balls. Aside from featuring weekly specials, the restaurant also offers a special set of food and drinks called Moonlight Menu from 10:00 PM-12:00 MN on weekends. Another cool recent feature is the Booze-To-Go.

Bliss reBAR is located at 901 North 4t Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004 and open from Tuesday-Thursday (4:00-10:00 PM), Friday (4:00 PM-12:00 MN), and Sunday (10:30 AM-10:00 PM). It is closed on Mondays.

 

French Buckets Florist

Tagged as LGBTQ-friendly, this flower shop offers artistic, organic, and feminine bouquets and floral arrangements for all occasions – even photoshoots, which is its owner, Susanna Davidson’s favorite as it allows her creativity to run wild.

French Buckets’ stand can be found in Lido Marina Village in 3431 Via Oporto, Building M, Newport Beach, California 92660. The store is open from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

Off Chute Too

Aside from being the largest men’s underwear store in Arizona – with thousands of items on display, this store is also known to cater to the members of LGBT community. Off Chute Too offers a wide array of pride items, trendy clothing lines for both men and women, leather accessories, and other adult stuff. It also launched a donation drive, in partnership with Community Church of Hope, to benefit LGBTQ+ youths and young adults.

This highly LGBT-friendly shop is located at 4111 N, 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, 85013. Business hours varies; It is open from 9:00 AM-9:00 PM on Monday-Thursday, then 9:00 AM-10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 10:00 AM-6:00 PM on Sunday.

 

Wurstküche

This LGBT-friendly German gastropub has a selection of sausages served on a freshly-baked roll that is as varied and unique as its patrons. Aside from the typical chicken/turkey, pork/beef, and vegan options, Wurstküche also offers exotic meat sausages like duck, rabbit, pheasant, buffalo – and even rattlesnake! Best paired with Belgian fries and European draft beer.

It has two locations in Los Angeles, California. The first one is on 800 E. 3rd street Traction (DTLA Patio), and opens daily from 11:30 AM-10:00 PM; the other one on 625 Lincoln Boulevard (Venice Patio) has a limited operation, only open 12:00-10:00 PM from Wednesday-Friday, then 11:30 AM-10:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Happy pride and let’s all celebrate diversity and inclusivity.

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