LGBTQ+ Pride Month is happening now, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots and celebrating all in the community. This is a time to celebrate self-affirmation, identity, visibility, and equality. This is also a time to bring to light the many hardships the community still faces. Many hair salons, unfortunately, still discriminate against clients in the LGBTQ+ community, making them feel unwelcomed, uncomfortable, and unheard.
To celebrate Pride Month, use this time to uplift and honor the voices and creators in the community. The list below showcases some amazing hair stylists and barbers in the LGBTQ+ community that you can support year-round with a simple like or follow. Keep reading to see these amazing stylists and barbers!
Best known for his work on the show “Queer Eye,” Jonathan Van Ness is American hairdresser, podcaster, and television personality. An avid activist both on and off social media, Van Ness uses his platform to address topics such as the LGBTQ+ community, the Black Lives Matter movement, voting rights, and much more. Follow his page for beauty tips, activism, and kitty videos.
Owner of and barber at Baddies, Brooklyn-based enterprise, Lucia provides appointment-only cuts for the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. The studio has an extremely aesthetically-pleasing atmosphere, welcoming in anyone and everyone.
Lopez is the founder of Project Q, a salon and organization that helps “LGBTQIA and homeless youth combat bullying, develop self esteem and find an identity for themselves through hair styling.” Based in Los Angeles, this is a great salon that supports the community year-round.
Founder of Hairrari, Ryczko created a network of gender-neutral barbershops in New York City. Making all feel welcomed and comfortable in the chair, this is a popular barbershop for youthful members of the LGBTQ+ community seeking a fresh fade.
With previous experience as a community organizer, Marshall has created a reputation as a welcoming, relaxing barber for the LGBTQ+ community. Marshall recently shared with Bustle, “Getting your haircut is supposed to be a relaxing thing. But for our community, it can be very intimidating, traumatizing, and sometimes violent.” Creating a professional, open environment is crucial in this industry, and Marshall is working hard to serve others in this way.
These stylists and barbers are changing the world by creating a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. Join us in celebrating Pride Month by supporting these artists, following their work, recommending them to friends, and celebrating all that they do for their communities.