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Ellis Taylor

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July 5, 2019


This Week in Social

Tomorrow, cities around the world will be hosting Pride marches. The LGBT+ community will come together and march in solidarity, 50 years after the Stonewall riots. It’s a time that means so much to so many people, and brands know it.

Incorporating Pride month within marketing campaigns is a tricky one; on the one hand, it can contribute to increasing acceptance and ensuring that the LGBT+ community feels heard, represented, and welcome. On the other, it can be seen as ‘rainbow washing’ – monetizing Pride month without giving anything back to the community.

We know that consumers now expect brands to speak out on issues, and so it makes sense for companies to stand up during Pride month. But are they always doing it for the right reasons? Organisations who simply change their logo to include a rainbow flag, but have no LGBT+ staff in their leadership team probably aren’t committed to helping the community. They want to be seen to be doing something, without really doing anything.

However, there are brands who are using their platforms and following to help. Whether they’re making internal changes, or donating profits to LGBT+ charities, these brands are the ones who understand Pride month and know what to do.

Here are a couple of examples of bad, and good, Pride campaigns from this year.

The bad

Victoria’s Secret Pink
At the start of Pride month, VSPink decided it would be nice to send out a tweet in support of LGBTQ associates and customers. Within moments the brand faced backlash and had plenty of reminders about their refusal to include trans models in their Victoria’s Secret fashion shows.

The video giant opted to rainbow-ify their Twitter avatar and release a series of Pride-themed documentaries – that sounds good, right? Well it would have been, if they hadn’t refused to take down anti-gay videos and generally fail to protect the community from harassment on their platform.

The good

A sponsor for New York Pride this year, ASOS have also partnered with LGBT+ charity GLAAD to launch an exclusive collaboration for the third time. The collection consists of 50 pieces, with many being unisex. 100% of all net profits are being donated to GLAAD.

Did you know that every group within the LGBT+ community has its own flag? Budweiser’s ‘Fly the Flag’ campaign aims to highlight all the groups by releasing a range of cups with various flags, as well as working with nine charities and hosting a series of events throughout Pride month.

But it’s what brands do after the weekend that really counts. As they remove rainbows from their logos and go back to their regular strategies, the LGBT+ community will still exist. They will still face discrimination and challenges across the world. They will still need support.

If you’d like to support the LGBT+ community, here are a few charities that do amazing work:

This week’s top social stories

ASA decide that 30k+ followers makes someone a ‘celebrity’ Read more:

US Congress has asked Facebook to halt the development of Libra Read more:

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LinkedIn add new ad targeting options Read more:

Five new features are coming to WhatsApp Read more:



Keeping up with the lawsuits

Kim Kardashian-West has won a lawsuit against Missguided over accusations of the fast-fashion company using her brand in their promotions.


A bad week for social

On Wednesday Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all faced issues causing the internet to go into meltdown – and head to Twitter to complain.


Shop till you…trend?

An ‘AI-powered’ store that stocks trending items has opened in London. The Trending Store allows customer to browse and purchase a range of items that are trending, with all proceeds going towards Save the Children.

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