During Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning Intersex Asexual and Two Spirit Pride Month (LGBTQIA2S+, which we will shorten to LGBTQ+), we are bringing to light the often-untold history of LGBTQ+ culinarians, discussing what queer food is, and showcasing LGBTQ+ organizations working to create a more inclusive food system. History shows us that queer people have always had a profound influence on American foodways, but many LGBTQ+ people still face discrimination in culinary spaces. A survey released during LGBTQ+ Pride Month last year by One Fair Wage revealed that 80% of LGBTQ+ restaurant workers either witnessed or experienced transphobic or homophobic actions in the workplace. Given the 491 (and growing) anti-LGBTQ+ bills being considered by state legislatures in the United States, 62 of which have passed, it is important to stand for the LGBTQ+ community’s fundamental right to lives free of violence and terror. We will continue to do the work to create inclusive workplaces for our employees and dining spaces for our guests where everyone belongs.
How LGBTQ+ Culinarians Have Shaped American Cuisine
We break down the difficulties in discovering the queer history of food and explore five key LGBTQ+ culinary figures that have defined American cuisine as we now know it.
Meet These Five LGBTQ+-owned Businesses Changing the Food System
These LGBTQ+ organizations are just a handful of the many working to create a more inclusive and equitable food system from the farm to the kitchen and beyond.