Show your pride of the growing movement that values diversity and celebrates the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community by supporting these local queer-owned businesses across APAC. Each purchase helps build a more inclusive and accepting society. 

In recent years, the Asia Pacific (APAC) region has seen a significant rise in the visibility and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. With a growing number of queer-owned businesses emerging, individuals now have the opportunity to support these enterprises and contribute to a more inclusive and diverse economy.

From fashion brands to subscription services, here are seven queer-owned businesses in APAC that are worth your attention and support.

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Rainbow Roo

Rainbow Roo is a trailblazing business that has been making waves since its establishment in 2017. At the heart of their mission lies a deep commitment to championing, celebrating, and advocating for the entire LGBTIQA+ community. Their guiding principle is simple yet powerful: Love is Love, irrespective of one’s gender identity or sexuality.

Rainbow Roo specialises in designing t-shirts that embody passion and serve as must-have additions to anyone’s wardrobe. Beyond being fashionable attire, their t-shirts hold profound meaning. Each piece is guaranteed to spark conversations and serves as a unique gift for friends, allies, advocates, and activists. By wearing Rainbow Roo’s creations, you contribute to raising awareness and fostering acceptance for the entire LGBTIQA+ community.

Your support of Rainbow Roo enables them to continue their vital advocacy work. If you have a specific identity or idea that you would like to see brought to life on their t-shirts, don’t hesitate to reach out. Together, let’s transform your vision into reality and further amplify the messages of love, acceptance, and equality.

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Heckin’ Unicorn 

Meet Heckin’ Unicorn, a Singapore-based brand crafted by the local queer community. Going beyond rainbows and flags, they offer innovative ways for individuals to authentically express their identities through their creative and endearing designs. 

In a world saturated with heteronormative narratives, Heckin’ Unicorn emerges as a powerful voice challenging the status quo. They are on a mission to cultivate a kinder and more inclusive world for everyone. With love as their guiding principle, they believe in spreading compassion without barriers.

Giving back to the community is an integral part of Heckin’ Unicorn’s ethos. Through active donations and support, they have played an instrumental role in bolstering LGBTQ+ community organisations and initiatives in recent years.

Beyond their philanthropic endeavours, Heckin’ Unicorn employs their online platforms to promote social change. Engaging comic strips grace their social media pages, calling out discrimination and dismantling illogical arguments against the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, their blog serves as a comprehensive resource, delving into the struggle against anti-LGBTQ+ regulations and institutionalised discrimination in Singapore.

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Pride Cafe

Vietnam’s own Pride Cafe is the talk of the town and a favourite destination for expat communities, standing out as one of the most renowned and cherished LGBTQIA+-friendly establishments in the area. As a queer-owned and managed café, it exudes a welcoming and relaxed ambiance, while treating visitors to a delightful array of freshly brewed coffee and delectable brunch offerings.

Within the walls of Pride Cafe, patrons are not only immersed in a delightful culinary experience but also have the opportunity to engage in various inclusive activities. The establishment proudly hosts a Queer Book Club, a platform that invites individuals from all walks of life, irrespective of their sexual orientation, to gather and celebrate diverse literary works. This nurturing environment fosters a sense of belonging and facilitates meaningful connections between straight and queer individuals.

Pride Cafe has firmly established itself as a hub of inclusivity and acceptance, setting an inspiring example for other businesses in the APAC region. By supporting this queer-owned enterprise, you actively contribute to the promotion of diversity and empowerment within the community. 

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Gingermite, a flower shop in Hong Kong, stands out not only for its unique name but also for the creative talents of its owners, Mite and Ginger. Ginger, a former graphic artist and illustrator, contributed her artistic skills to renowned publications such as SCMP Books and Ming Pao, whilst Mite pursued a career in the fashion industry, starting as a buyer and eventually becoming a magazine writer.

Before arranging a floral creation, Mite and Ginger take the time to sit down and create sketches specifically tailored to your preferences. Their artistic vision extends beyond arranging flowers; it encompasses the lighting, composition, and overall aesthetic captured in the photographs of your bouquet. Every aspect, from sourcing the flowers to crafting handwritten cards, is meticulously attended to with a personal touch. They firmly believe that everything, be it life, relationships, or the delicate shape of a petal, happens for a reason. This philosophy permeates their work at Gingermite, where each bouquet, flower, and petal is cherished as a symbol of this profound idea.

Gingermite is passionate about being a part of your special day by crafting a custom bouquet that embodies precision and emotional resonance.

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Immerse yourself in a world of delectable Japanese snacks while supporting small family-run businesses and preserving their rich traditions with a Bokksu subscription. During his time in Japan, founder Danny Taing developed a deep appreciation for the mouthwatering local snacks that captivated his taste buds.

In 2015, Danny returned to the United States carrying a suitcase brimming with these delightful treats, eager to introduce his friends and family to their amazing flavours. However, locating these unique snacks in America proved to be a challenge. Many of them were cherished local specialties produced by family businesses that did not have a presence overseas. This realisation sparked a desire within Danny to bridge this gap.

Since 2016, Bokksu has transcended its humble beginnings. From its early days of Danny personally packing boxes in his living room, the company has rapidly expanded, offering far more than just a monthly subscription service

By subscribing to Bokksu, you actively contribute to the support and growth of small family-run businesses in Japan. Each purchase strengthens these artisans’ livelihoods, ensuring that their craft and cultural heritage endure for generations to come.

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GinGin Store 

The name “GinGin” symbolises the vibrant and shining essence of its business. Composed of six “suns,” it beautifully echoes the international rainbow symbol of queer pride. This name not only challenges the stereotype that the LGBTQIA+ community can only thrive at night, but also provides a radiant gathering place during the day.

For over two decades, GinGin has remained steadfast in its commitment to integrity and sustainable management. The business’ partners have served the community with unwavering professionalism and enthusiasm. The business adheres to institutionalised corporate governance while staying true to its vision and mission of serving Taiwan’s LGBTQ+ community. GinGin strives to be more than just a place for queer consumers; it aims to create a safe, warm, and legitimate LGBTQ+ space.

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Honeymoon By Kenya

Honeymoon by Kenya is a newly opened queer-owned restaurant in Patong, Thailand, founded by Kenya, the former owner of Sea Hag Restaurant. This establishment offers a delectable menu featuring Thai food, seafood, and an extensive selection of wine and spirits.

Situated near the Royal Paradise Complex Hotel, Honeymoon attracts a diverse clientele, including many members of the LGBT+ community. 

The establishment offers a vibrant atmosphere with a combination of bar, music, cafe, and restaurant features, making it a welcoming space for everyone. By dining at Honeymoon, you not only savour delicious cuisine but also support a queer-owned business that fosters inclusivity and provides a welcoming environment for all. 

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