tbh i’ve always felt really disgusted by non-lgbt people selling pride merch, as well as lgbt people selling pride merch that doesn’t have to do with their personal sexuality (ie a gay man selling lesbian pride merch or, in the case of wickedqueer, a bi woman selling lesbian pride merch and then also selling anti-butch merch at the same time). my sexuality and the sexuality of others are not here for your financial gain, thanks.
however, i want bisexuals to sell bisexual pride merch because it benefits them, not just monetarily, but also because they themselves are bi. as a bi woman i would fully support that kind of endeavor. same would go for gay people selling gay pride merch, asexuals selling asexual pride merch, etc etc.
a piece of gay pride merch sold by a gay person tells me that they know the struggles of being gay, and that they are proud of themself and the gay community and that they want to support it. it also tells me that the purchase of that merch directly benefits a gay person, many of whom still struggle with homophobia on a daily basis.
when a random jackass on etsy hocks pride merch when they’re not even a part of the community they’re trying to sell to, their actions tell me that they want to profit off of their struggles. if you actually cared about the lgbt community, you wouldn’t be making money off of us. you would be donating money to lgbt charities.
wickedqueer would be better off shutting up instead of speaking above gender nonconforming lesbians, a group that she is not a part of and will never be part of. the money she makes off of lesbians is not directly benefiting lesbians. in fact it’s hurting lesbians, particularly the ones she doesn’t see as worthy of her support simply because of their mannerisms, style of dress, etc. if she really wanted to apologize to butch lesbians, she would have taken down that listing and stopped producing those ugly, poorly-designed buttons.