Knot Your Abuela, Maui Rothchild (she/her) - Austin, TX
Handmade with love. I've been crocheting for 7 years and love the idea of creating a colorful and inclusive environment for buyers to explore and expand their ideas of what crochet (fashion) is.
boiPKG, Shareef Hadid Jenkins (he/they/them/she) - New York, NY
I started BoiPKG because I wanted something that would make me excited to get out of bed for. That not only would be a business that pays the bills but that can build community, and create jobs for trans communities that find it hard to get a job because of discrimination.
Shock Factor Matter Glass, Hank Opal Jove (they/them) - Austin, TX
Hank Opal Jove (they/them) is a queer artist, poet, and performer currently living in Austin, Texas. They create stained glass sculptures, adornments, and lamps that depict the indispensability of awareness and are made specifically for those searching for their own...
Wildly Free, Jenn Brosch (she/her) - Richmond, VA
Wildly Free works to dismantle the concept and constructs of traditional beauty "standards", and to hold a mirror of accountability in shifting the narrative of historically exclusive marketing within the beauty space.
Leif J. Lee (they/them) - Portland, OR
The queer future looks like a place where BIPOC trans and gender non-conforming people are protected and thriving. Queer elders are honored and celebrated. Queer histories are known and their stories are told. The AIDS crisis has ended and those who lost their lives are memorialized. Queer and trans youth are valued and supported with life affirming health care.