As people grow more aware of social justice issues, there’s greater pressure on brands to meaningfully champion diversity, equity, and inclusion to stay in step with consumers. Dr. Martens’ track record of authentic campaigning and cross-pollination with LGBTQ+ communities is meeting these demands.
Calvin Klein’s campaign #ProudInMyCalvins showcases the personal journeys of people from the queer and trans community. Highlighting the importance of LGBTQ+ representation, the campaign tells the poignant stories of people and their journey to self-realization and acceptance.
Queer characters in media have come a long way since Ellen DeGeneres’ career was temporarily ruined because she, and her eponymous sitcom character, came out as a lesbian in 1997. But while the music industry and TV shows are now queerer than ever before, how do video games compare?
As the LGBTQ+ community demands more nuanced forms of on-screen representation, the media landscape is evolving to allow for diverse content that better represents modern audiences. Through its relatable and lighthearted format, Heartstopper is reframing the queer teen experience for many Gen Zers.
Every Pride month, social media feeds explode with branded Pride campaigns and rainbows suddenly adorn the products on our shelves. But which campaigns are actually resonating with audiences? And how can brands ensure that their support for LGBTQ+ communities makes a difference?