Gift Guide 2013: There’s No Business Like LGBT Business!

by Matthew Wexler
Friday Nov 29, 2013

This article is from the November 2013 issue of the EDGE Digital Magazine.
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Trying to decide where to spend your hard-earned dollars this holiday season? How about supporting LGBT entrepreneurs as they paint the world a rainbow of fabulousness?

Whether you’re looking to gift a page-turning beach read, perfect piece of home decor or signature jewelry piece, EDGE has you covered.

Cleis Press

Remember books - those magnificently woodsy-smelling bound pages of triumphs and tribulations? While your head may be stuck in the latest version of iOS, consider coming up for air every now and then and settling in with a good ol’ fashioned novel. Cleis Press has been at the forefront of LGBT publishing since 1980 and continues to give voice to queer writers of all genres.

"LGBTQ readers know the real thing when they see it: authentic, entertaining, arousing, enlivening, inspiring books for us," says Cleis Press CFO and co-founder Felice Newman. "Over the years, mainstream corporate publishers have jumped on that bandwagon, at times with great enthusiasm. But in the end, once they decide our readers aren’t serving up enough profits, they drop us. Who but Cleis Press can you count on to stand with LGBTQ readers? For 35 years, we’ve been the everybody’s favorite source of great queer books for smart readers."

EDGE’s Top Picks

"The Hardest Thing: A Dan Stagg Mystery" by James Lear, $16.95
Follow ex-military protagonist Dan Stagg as he protects the young protégé of a powerful real estate developer and is forced to choose between the easy money (not to mention sex) that his new job offers him. We should all have such problems.

"Wild Girls, Wild Nights: True Lesbian Sex Stories" edited by Sacchi Green, $15.95
There are the fabled urban myths of lesbians who fill up a U-Haul on the second date and lead sweetly romantic lives of cocoa and comfy slippers. A lot of cozy and not much crazy. These are not those stories. These are wild women with dirty minds and even the occasional cuff or clamp. And they’re all true.

"Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica" by Tristan Taormino, $14.95
Even within the LGBT community, transgender or gender variant sexuality often gets overlooked. This powerful collection by sex writer and educator Tristan Taormino bucks tradition and shows that gender identities don’t need to be fixed or "revealed" in order to describe the lust, the passion, the burning desires of their subjects: in other words, like any good erotic tale, they’re ultimately about sex.


The first company to introduce moving gears to jewelry, the Kinekt Gear Ring’s unique patented design is sure to draw oohs and ahs from its recipient. Made of 316L surgical steel (or opt for gold and diamonds for more bling factor), the ring is available for both men and women and carries a lifetime guarantee.

"I have always been fascinated and inspired by small mechanisms and their complementary movements and wanted to create jewelry that was playful but also had a refined design," explains creator Glen Liberman. "My first signature piece, the Gear Ring, captures this mechanical intrigue and sophisticated style."

$165, sizes 5 to 20

Naked Decor

When we asked Naked Decor’s creative director, Supon Phornirunlit, about how being gay affects his business, he chuckled and said, "I’m ’buy-sexual’: you buy, and I get sexual."

This serial entrepreneur started one of the highest profile graphic design firms in Washington, D.C., branding Fortune 100 companies and winning more than 1,000 design awards. Spinning that knowledge into an e-commerce site, Naked Décor offers inspired accessories and home goods.

Queen wall clock, $49.95

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