Photo credit: Tres Lecheria

The modern LGBTQ rights movement owes a debt of gratitude to the leadership of Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC); notably Stormé DeLarverie, Sylvia Rivera, and Marsha P. Johnson. 

During Pride Month (and all year long!) we encourage you to #SpendLikeItMatters and support QTPOC-owned businesses in your community.

Here is our InTENtional List of QTPOC-owned businesses in Seattle:

Mose Auto #LGBTQOwned #WomanOwned #LatinxOwned 

Owned by Mariajosé “Mose” Barrera, Mose Auto not only offers a three month or 12,000 mile guarantee on all auto repair, but also specializes in providing training and information sessions to women in the community for maintaining their vehicle and entering automotive careers. Mose Auto works on scheduled maintenance, motorcycles, diesel engines, detailing, radio installation, vehicle diagnosis, and more. 

During COVID-19, Mose Auto is still taking auto appointments. Their staff wears masks in accordance with state guidelines. 

Lilith Tattoo #LGBTQOwned #AsianOwned 

Jude le Tronik (Jude Vesvarut) has worked as a tattooist, concept artist, muralist, and illustrator all over the world. At Lilith Tattoo, Jude offers a tattoo experience that is safe and empowering, and invites clients to participate in a personal and collaborative design process.

During COVID-19, Lilith Tattoo is still taking tattoo appointments. Jude has also been selling their art prints on their Instagram page.

The Boxing Gym Westside #LGBTQOwned #LatinxOwned #VeteranOwned 

Founded by Coach Lee Torres in 2015, The Boxing Gym Westside is designed as an inclusive space for people of all body sizes as well as POC and LGBTQIA+ folks. Dedicated to fostering a safe, welcoming space, lessons are rooted in teaching fundamental technical skills for boxing.

During COVID-19, The Boxing Gym Westside has entered Phase 2. They are offering indoor, outdoor, and online classes via Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom. 

MassageFit #LGBTQOwned #BlackOwned #WomanOwned 

Strength training, stretching, and massage are all important elements of caring for our physical bodies. MassageFit owner Tiana Duncan’s passion for health and wellness was sparked when she was six years old. She helps clients bring balance back into their lives through movement and massage that will leave you better than you started. In addition to offering massage at the studio, MassageFit can meet clients where they are. MassageFit also offers corporate wellness programs from lunchtime fitness classes to chair massage, boosting employee health and well being.

During COVID-19, MassageFit is following a strict set of guidelines you can read here. They are also offering virtual self-massage services.

Tres Lecheria #LGBTQOwned #LatinxOwned 

Kevin Moulder found his passion for baking as a child while in the kitchen with his grandmother, Maw-Maw. At Cubes Baking Co., he pays tribute to Maw-Maw and his Mexican-American heritage by putting modern twists on many of her family’s recipes from Coahuila, Mexico. On the must-try list? One of the many Tres Leches cake varieties. Fun Fact: Kevin was the winner of the Food Network competition “Winner Cake All” and has been known to create RuPaul’s Drag Race-inspired cakes.

During COVID-19, Cubes Baking Co. is offering a limited menu for pick-up and delivery. 

BAHTOH #LGBTQOwned #AsianOwned 

Bobbie Yanoupeth and Michael Sing collaborate to produce the magic that is BAHTOH. Bobbie’s hair design and color talents come together with Michael’s floral and design skills to create the wedding and lifestyle designs that dreams are made of.

During COVID-19, BAHTOH is reopening for early July appointments, following guidelines listed here

Aluel Cellars #LGBTQOwned #AsianOwned #FamilyOwned 

Samuel Hilbert and Alex Oh worked in the wine industry for years before channeling their passion into the production of their own wine, handcrafted in the old-world style with Washington grapes. Stop by their tasting room to sample their selection.

During COVID-19, Aluel Cellars is offering curbside pickup and home delivery, as well as limited seating in their tasting room. You can read complete details here

Taqueria Cantina #LGBTQOwned #LatinxOwned 

It was Daniel Ceballos’ childhood dream to open a restaurant, and after many years of hard work, he achieved it with the help of his business partners Brian Brandell and Sal Munoz. At Taqueria Cantina, the trio serve authentic Mexican fare and many different styles of margaritas!

During COVID-19, Taqueria Cantina is offering pick-up, third-party delivery, and indoor seating as per the Phase 2 guidelines. 

Frelard Tamales #LGBTQOwned #LatinxOwned #FamilyOwned 

At their walk-up window, Frelard Tamales serve up tamales that are handmade from scratch, using a family recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation in the Hernandez family. Owners Osbaldo Hernandez and Dennis Ramey are passionate about supporting immigrant and LGBTQ rights – #MakeTamalesNotWalls.

During COVID-19, Frelard Tamales is offering pick-up and delivery! Pre-order now for their 4th of July special. 

Cortona Cafe #LGBTQOwned #BlackOwned #WomanOwned

One of the few Black-owned businesses remaining in the rapidly changing Central District, Cortona Café is a neighborhood jewel. Friendly owner Isolynn “Ice” Dean prepares outstanding Herkimer coffee and mouth-watering waffles with the utmost warmth and care.

During COVID-19, Cortona Cafe is offering coffee, waffle, and pastry pick-up and to-go orders!

Thanks for all that you do to #SpendLikeItMatters! Discover awesome brick + mortar small businesses in your community, suggest your favorites, and be sure that you’re following us on social media (InstagramFacebook, Twitter).

Intentionalist is your local guide to small businesses and the diverse people behind them. We believe that where you spend your money matters, and we’re sure glad you do too! Whether you identify as a localist, activist, or just a good neighbor, we make it easy for you to connect with, learn about, and support small businesses in your community through everyday decisions about where you eat, drink, and shop.

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