June is Pride Month — a month dedicated to celebrating the achievements in LGBTQ+ civil rights since the Stonewall Uprising, and showing continued support for the LGBTQ+ community who are still exploring their identities.
Short History of Pride Month
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in NYC’s Greenwich Village. A riot broke out among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police brutally hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street and in the surrounding neighborhoods. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States - and around the world.
Following the Stonewall Riots, organizers wanted to continue to build on that spirit of resistance and liberation. In 1970, a march to Central Park was organized with a theme of “Gay Pride” - as opposition to the prevailing attitude of shame.
Celebrating Pride Month
Today, most Pride celebrations, parades, and marches take place in June to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. To show support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month, Pride Month promotional products are available for brands to utilize during these parades and celebrations, as well as to distribute to employees, partners, and customers. There is tremendous value that can come from these efforts. Pride Month products help increase visibility, and may lend support and encouragement to others within the LGBTQ+ community who are discovering their identities and learning to love themselves as they are.
10 promo Products to Celebrate Pride Month
There are dozens of high-quality promotional products that businesses can add their branding to, to promote inclusivity and support during Pride Month.
Popping into Pride Month! This Round Fiddle Popper Silicone Sensory Toy, Measuring 4.75" x 5.5", features 28 high-grade silicone popper bubbles that can be pressed and released to reduce stress and anxiety or boost concentration. Popping the little bubbles may also relax muscle tension and allow children (or adults) to release restless energy, which can help them concentrate better.
Shop in style with the Rainbow Recycled 8oz Cotton Grocery Tote. Made from pre-consumer recycled cotton, this grocery tote boasts rainbow webbing grab handles, making it the bag for the farmer's market, grocery store, or shopping trip.
Say goodbye to spills and leaks in the car, in your bag, or anywhere on the go! This leak-resistant lid is 100% silicone material and will not break, crack, chip, fade, or scratch. It is microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe. Keep out dirt and bugs, and keep your drink in.
Summer fun in the sun isn’t complete without this vibrant 16-inch rainbow beach ball! Bring it along for a light bounce at the shore or even an exciting party or concert. This is a classic promotional item that will make your brand visible every time it sails through the air.
Your brand will look as cool as can be in the Rainbow Malibu sunglasses! They're made of polycarbonate material and feature UV400 lenses that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. These sunglasses are perfect for handing out at your local Pride festivals or distributing to your favorite clients.
Hats off to Pride! This stylish Rainbow Trucker Cap is made of a 100% polyester foam structured crown with 5-panel construction, a medium profile, and flat visor. This also features a mesh back with an adjustable plastic snap tab closure. Great for outdoor events and adding something colorful to your offerings.
Now you can celebrate Pride rain or shine! Stay dry or keep the sun off your back with the 46" Arc Rainbow Umbrella. It has an automatic open mechanism, a comfort grip handle, metal shaft, and is made of pongee material. Whoever receives this practical merch will appreciate keeping it in their car, under their desk, or by the door for any inclement weather.
A fashionable, trendy choice, the Rainbow RPET Crossbody Tote features rainbow colors on an adjustable shoulder strap, a zippered main compartment and a zippered front pocket. It’s made from recycled water bottles helping you boost styles and save the environment.
June is the start of summer! As temperatures rise, it’s important to stay hydrated. The 16 Oz. Verdi Stainless Steel Swiggy Bottle is a reliable, refillable bottle to ensure there’s always hydration close by and decrease the use of single-use plastics. This bottle is made from stainless steel and features double wall vacuum insulated construction that will keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. It has a wide mouth opening and a screw-on, spill-resistant lid.
Perfect for the desks at the office or for handing out at parades and pride events, these mini flags are always a Pride hit. Each flag measures 12" and features a ball top on staff.
Positive Representation for Pride Month
There’s power in brands participating in Pride Month, and it’s important for their employees and their consumers to see support for the community during Pride Month and beyond. Brands should have a 365-day-a-year plan for LGBTQ+ inclusion that they prioritize and not just a one-off Pride campaign once a year. For more tips on how to create an inclusive marketing strategy, or to order your branded merchandise for Pride Month, contact Ironmark. You can view all of the Top 20 Products to Celebrate Pride Month by downloading our catalog.