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.
Below are nine completely plant-based LGBTQ+ businesses that could use your support during Pride Month and beyond:
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.
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.
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.
Glory Doughnuts is currently open for carryout and self-serve with outdoor seating.
Tumn and Taylor opened Vintage Vegan in May 2020, during the pandemic. Vintage Vegan’s delicious products include tofu bites, edible cookie dough, and sliders. The couple is passionate about making veganism accessible, posting on their Instagram:
Our mission from day one to now is still to make vegan food affordable and accessible. We promise to honor that, and feed as many people as we can!
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
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.”
Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe is currently taking orders for curbside pickup, as well as limited walk-ins on a first-come-first-serve basis. You can also support them by buying a gift card.
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!