I began selling LGBTQ+ merchandise while serving on the board of directors of a nonprofit organization. Charged with the task of running the organization's gift shop, one day I innocently asked, "What if we took the store out to a festival now and then?" That began what would become one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, traveling to pride festivals, large and small, selling people items that affirm who they are and help them feel more accepted in the world. In my travels, I felt privileged to meet people and hear about their lives. I also witnessed acts of familial support that would have been unimaginable a generation or two earlier. After the relationship with the nonprofit ended, friends encouraged me to continue a mission that had come to have great meaning for me. Stewie's Got Pride, my one-man, queer-owned business was born.
By the way, I won't look anything like this if you see me at an event. I am my own roadie, so the shirt won't be tucked in, there won't be a jacket in sight, and I'll be wearing a baseball cap to absorb sweat and protect my bald head from the sun. Perhaps, though, either here or at an event, I’ll have something in which you see a little bit of yourself. Thanks for checking us out!