From Stonewall to Today: Celebrating Pride and the Journey of Self-Love

From Stonewall to Today: Celebrating Pride and the Journey of Self-Love

Pride is a powerful force that has driven significant progress in the LGBTQ+ community over the years. It embodies the resilience, courage, and activism of individuals who have fought tirelessly for equality, acceptance, and recognition. In a world that often dictates how we should look, it is essential to remember that true beauty stems from self-acceptance and embracing our individuality. At Clean Beauty Collective, we’re committed to empowering individuals, and believe that pride should be at the heart of our journey towards self-love. After all, being proud of who you are and what you do is a fundamental right. In celebration of Pride Month, join us as we remember where the movement started, and honor those that built and continue to build it. 

Marsha P. Johnson: A Trailblazer of the LGBTQ+ Movement


Marsha P. Johnson, a transgender woman and key figure of the gay rights movement, left an indelible mark on history. Born in 1945 in New Jersey, Johnson faced numerous hardships, in addition to not being truly accepted, ranging from bullying to sexual assault. In the face of adversity, she became a resilient advocate for marginalized communities, particularly homeless LGBTQ+ youth, individuals affected by HIV and AIDS, and gay and transgender individuals.

Johnson was involved in the resistance at The Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, a pivotal event that transformed the gay rights movement, and led a series of subsequent protests alongside her friend Sylvia Rivera. Frustrated by the exclusion of transgender and LGBTQ+ people of color in various gay rights groups, Johnson co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) in 1970. STAR aimed to provide shelter and support to young transgender individuals estranged by their families.

Throughout the 1970s, Marsha P. Johnson emerged as a prominent figure in the movement. Her drag performances in shows like Hot Peaches, appearances in Andy Warhol's works, and fearless media advocacy all contributed to increasing visibility and fostering understanding of LGBTQ+ rights. Even in the face of adversity, Johnson's activism and openness about living with HIV helped combat the stigma associated with the virus.

Pattie Gonia: Bridging the Gap Between LGBTQ+ Culture and the Outdoors

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Pattie Gonia, the drag persona of Wyn Wiley, is an inspirational figure bridging the gap between LGBTQ+ culture and the outdoors. As a drag queen, environmental and LGBTQ+ activist, and community organizer, Gonia uses their platform to promote acceptance of queer identities within the environmental and outdoors communities. They raise awareness about climate change and its impact on our planet.

Pattie Gonia's notable contributions include creating "The Outdoorist Oath," a non-profit organization dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental issues within the outdoors community. Their Instagram account showcases stunning outdoor activities both in and out of drag, accompanied by outfits made from up-cycled and recycled materials. Recently, Pattie Gonia's performances for Earth Day addressed pressing issues such as global warming and biodiversity. For Pride, they've teamed up with The North Face in a touring campaign, making stops around the US encouraging everyone to get outside and celebrate themselves!

Jecca Blac: Makeup that Empowers and Supports


Jecca Blac, a gender-free makeup brand, champions inclusivity and self-expression. Starting as a Film and TV makeup artist, the founder Jessica Blackler opened her own studio with the goal of offering a safe space for experimentation with makeup for trans women. Continuing to challenge the alienation queer individuals often face in the wellness and cosmetics industry, Jecca Blac's cruelty-free makeup comes in discreet packaging and offers makeup assistance for those seeking guidance in creating specific looks.

Additionally, Jecca Blac gives back to the LGBTQ+ community by donating to non-profit organizations that support LGBTQ+ youth. By connecting their work with their community, Jecca Blac empowers individuals to embrace their authentic selves and express their unique beauty.

NOTO BOTANICS: Redefining Beauty Standards and Giving Back


NOTO BOTANICS, a multi-use, gender-inclusive, and clean cosmetic line, was founded by Gloria Noto. Fueled by a desire to challenge traditional beauty norms, Noto created a brand that celebrates diverse self-expression and authenticity. 

NOTO BOTANICS makes sure to stick to environmentally friendly practices, such as saying no to ingredients that are harmful to the environment and using biodegradable and recyclable packaging. But they also take their commitment to their community seriously. A percentage of their Agender Oil is donated to vulnerable communities, the arts and the environment through organizations such as Planned Parenthood, The Okra Project, The Transgender Freedom Fund, Black Mama’s Matter, The Love Land Foundation, The Trevor Project, and many more.

From individuals to brands, the LGBTQ+ movement inspires unwavering commitment and progress. While not all battles are won, it is vital to remind ourselves of how far we’ve come and remember those that have made leaps and bounds in the movement, bettering our world and community. However you are choosing to celebrate—whether you're strutting your stuff at a drag show, joining a protest, or glamming up with self-care from brands committed to inclusivity and sustainability— Pride is about celebrating who you are and embracing the beautiful diversity of our world. May this Pride season be a symphony of transformation, inspiring us to create a world where every individual can revel in their truest selves. All while smelling fabulous of course!