Queer to Stay: An LGBTQ+ Business Preservation Initiative

The Human Rights Campaign and SHOWTIME are excited to announce the 10 recipients of “Queer to Stay: An LGBTQ+ Business Preservation Initiative,” a program to support businesses that serve the LGBTQ+ community with a focus on LGBTQ people of color, women and the transgender community.

We received an incredible number of applications. While only 10 businesses were selected as funding recipients, we encourage you to also visit the below directory for additional queer-owned and queer-serving businesses that you can support!


Alibi Lounge, Queer to Stay Recipient

Alibi Lounge
2376 Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
New York, NY 10030

How to Support
- Open for business with outdoor seating available
- Donations

Amplio Fitness, Rock Rover, Ohio, Queer to Stay

Amplio Fitness
205450 Center Ridge Rd.
Suite 142
Rocky Rover, OH 44116

How to Support
- Open for in-person and online one-on-one personal training and nutrition coaching
- Donations

Blush & blu, Denver, Queer to Stay recipient

blush & blu
1526 E Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80218

How to Support
- Open for food and drink pickup
- Purchase merchandise
- Purchase gift cards

Doyenne, Charlotte, North Carolina, Queer to Stay

1810 Galleria Blvd.
Suite 212
Charlotte, NC 28270

How to Support
- Appointment bookings and gift cards available through website

El Rio, San Francisco, Queer to Stay

El Rio
3158 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

How to Support
- Purchase merchandise
- Purchase gift cards
- Donations

Freed Bodyworks, Washington, DC, Queer to Stay

Freed Bodyworks
1337 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

How to Support
- Zoom yoga sessions
- Purchase merchandise
- Donations

Herz Club, Mobile, Alabama, Queer to Stay

4070 Government Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36695

How to Support
- Purchase merchandise

My Sister's Room
84 12th St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

How to Support
- Open for food pickup and delivery
- Purchase merchandise
- Purchase gift cards
- Donations

Pearl Bar, Houston Texas, Queer to Stay

Pearl Bar
4216 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77007

How to Support
- Open for business on select evenings (details available on website)
- Purchase merchandise
- Donations

Salon Benders; Long Beach, California, Queer to Stay

Salon Benders
957 East. 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90802

How to Support
- Online consultations
- Purchase gift cards
- Donations

Queer to Stay: An LGBTQ+ Business Preservation Initiative

Arts and Entertainment
Artist Naima Lowe | Tulsa, Oklahoma
Brooklyn Comedy Collective | Brooklyn, New York
Joe Pacheco Music | New York, New York
Out Front Theatre Company | Atlanta, Georgia
Rare Productions | Minneapolis, Minnesota
Toronto Queer Film Festival | Toronto, Ontario

Bars and Restaurants
A Boring Life | Boring, Oregon
Buddy's | Houston, Texas
Bullet | North Hollywood, California
Caffeine Underground | Brooklyn, New York
Cruisin' 7th | Phoenix, Arizona
CubbyHole | New York, New York
Eagle LA | Los Angeles, California
Either/Or | Portland Oregon
Faultline | Los Angeles, California
Ginger's Bar & Lounge | Brooklyn, New York
Gossip Grill | San Diego, California
Henrietta Hudson | New York, New York
ICONS | Colorado Springs, Colorado
Julius' | New York, New York
Kahve Coffee | New York, New York
Lambda Lounge | New York, New York
Marie's Crisis Cafe | New York, New York
MoodRing | Brooklyn, New York
Moxie | Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
OMG | San Francisco, California
Rascals Bar | Appleton, Wisconsin
Rockbar NYC | New York, New York
The Bachelor Forum | Rochester, NY
The Fireplace | Washington, D.C.
The Lipstick Lounge | Nashville, Tennessee
The Monster | New York, New York

Acorn Center for Restoration and Freedom | Covington, Georgia
Eutopia Rising | New York, New York
Leather Archives & Museum | Chicago, Illinois
LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County | Painsville, Ohio
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition | Minneapolis, Minnesota
ProjectQ | Los Angeles, California
Rockland County Pride Center | Nyack, New York
Salus Center | Lansing, Michigan
Sanctuary Palm Springs | Palm Springs, California
Soule Foundation | New York, New York
Stand with Trans | Headquartered in Michigan
Thrive Youth Center | San Antonio, Texas
Young Entertainment Activists | Los Angeles, California

The Rainbow Times | Boston, Massachusetts
Windy City Times | Chicago, Illinois
Dallas Voice | Dallas, Texas
Focus | Tennessee
QNotes | Charlotte, North Carolina
RaceBaitr | Brooklyn, New York
Seattle Gay News | Seattle, Washington
Tagg Magazine | Washington, D.C.
The Bay Area Reporter | San Francisco, California

Enjoy The Outdoors© Natural Insect Repellent | Los Osos, California
Exit 9 Gift Emporium | Brooklyn, New York
Lekka | Dallas, Texas
Morgasm | Los Angeles, California
Red Dog Designs | Collingswood, New Jersey
Stuzo Clothing | Los Angeles, California
Charis Books & More | Decatur, Georgia
FABULOUSME | San Francisco, California
Outer Peace | Online
Queer Comic Peddler | Ypsilanti, Michigan
QuickPickleKit.com | Los Osos, California
White Rabbit | Charlotte, North Carolina

Andrea C. Wasko, MBA - Business Strategist | Los Osos, California
Castro Tattoo | San Francisco, California
EconomicsofBeingaWoman.com Financial Education Seminars | Los Osos, California
Empower Financial | Online
Gay Marketing Association | Online
Handsome | Newark, New Jersey
Harlem 2020 | New York. New York
JJ | LA | Los Angeles, California
Skidmore Consulting | Orlando, Florida
Stockton Environmental Inc | Stockton, California
Sweetlime Alterations | Cleveland, Ohio
W. Millar & Co Catering | Washington, D.C.
AWG Private Chefs | Walnut Creek, California
Bloom Psychotherapy NYC | New York, New York
Cowlick | Brooklyn, New York
Get Some Joy | Online
Maya Montra Beauty | Irvine, California
Ray Rico Freelance | Memphis, Tennessee
Sex Therapy New Mexico | Albuquerque, New Mexico
Strength in Numbers | New York, New York
Thinking Cap Communication & Design | Spokane, Washington
Third Root Community Health Center | Brooklyn, New York
VideoOut | Brooklyn, New York
Well Balanced | Eugene, Oregon

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