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Is Coke gay friendly or not?
Posted by: Mike Wilke
Coca-Cola earned a perfect 100 from the Human Rights Campaign in the US and just debuted a commercial in the UK featuring a gay wedding. But it cut the wedding scene for the commercial in Ireland and has chosen to sponsor the winter Olympics in Russia, which is coming under heavy fire for its new anti-gay law and indifference to homophobic violence.



James Franco Dropped By Advertising Campaigns Over His Gay Themed Films

Posted by: Adam Stazer
http://www.back2stonewall.com/2013/03/james-franco-dropped-advertising-campaigns-gay-themed-films.html

In a red carpet interview last week at SXSW, James Franco suggested that he has been dropped from three advertising campaigns due to his involvement in two gay-oriented films he put out at Sundance, and not due to his image as the companies reported. He produced Kink and co-directed and starred in a forthcoming Travis Matthews film, Interior.Leather Bar. Franco suggested that this exemplifies the homophobia that still exists in American media. As many advertisers have already begun to notice, gays and lesbians will only continue to become an increasingly visible part of American society. While the exact reason for Franco having been dropped from these campaigns is unclear at this time, the depiction of raw gay sexuality as portrayed in these films was no doubt part of the conversation. Other explicit films depicting heterosexual sex rarely if ever raise an eyebrow among the public, and neither should these.



Gay-Themed Ads Are Becoming More Mainstream

Posted by: Danielle
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/06/gay-themed-ads-mainstream-_n_2821745.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

Above is an article posted by the Huffington Post regarding the new Kindle ad that features a gay couple. I've been delighted to see this Kindle commercial running fairly often. What Kindle did really well in this ad was incorporate a gay couple into a story line that didn't center around their orientation. They essentially normalized this couple and more importantly they weren't necessarily the punchline. This is the best type of integration for LGBT couples in advertisements because it doesn't play off their perceived differences as a joke. Eventually more same-sex couples will seamlessly be incorporated into advertising, and it’s novelty will wear off with every ad (which the article refers to a bit as ‘going mainstream’), but that’s simply the process of normalization which I think should be the ultimate goal.




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Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia Embrace Marriage Equality in Ads

by Adam Stazer and Michael Wilke

Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia Embrace Marriage Equality in Ads

As state after state passes marriage equality for same-sex couples, and programs like the New Normal and Modern Family show gay couples raising children together, advertisers now too are making a meaningful shift to saying “I do” to what has historically been a sensitive topic for many retailers.

New commercials from Microsoft, Amazon.com, Expedia and Nordstrom have all featured same-sex marriage themes, and print ads from Target, The Gap, J.C. Penney, Crate & Barrel and even Amtrak have featured gay and lesbian couples living in domestic bliss.

Microsoft’s new commercial for Outlook.com includes a just-married lesbian couple that kisses on the steps while guests throw rice. The spot highlights a trend of how advertisers increasingly feel that inclusive images of gays and lesbians can positively affect their bottom line.

A Microsoft spokesperson noted in a statement to AdRespect, “This ad campaign highlights how Outlook.com provides a modern email experience for modern people. And so our ads depict modern relationships found in today’s society and showcase how Outlook.com helps get you up-to-date.”

This national ad campaign is in line with Microsoft’s progressive stance on gay rights. In fact, the company supported successful legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington State and Microsoft founder Bill Gates donated $500,000 to the campaign. This spring, Microsoft signed onto a brief supporting same-sex marriage delivered to the Supreme Court in advance of the arguments in support of striking down section three of DOMA. And back in 1996, Microsoft opposed the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act.

However, coinciding with the Outlook.com same-sex marriage ad, Microsoft also co-sponsored the Conservative Political Action Conference 2013, an annual gathering sometimes called the Republican Woodstock, organized by the American Conservative Union. An array of high profile, conservatives spoke at the conference Mar. 14 to Mar. 16, including former presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachman and Ron Paul, along with vice-presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan, and anti-gay activist Phyllis Schlafly founder of the Eagle Forum, a prominent conservative interest group whose mission statement proudly exclaims, “Eagle Forum successfully led the ten-year battle to defeat the misnamed Equal Rights Amendment with its hidden agenda of tax-funded abortions and same-sex marriages.”

In previous years, CPAC has excluded the conservative gay Republican organization GOProud from presenting.

When asked about its sponsorship of a conference featuring anti-gay speakers, a Microsoft spokesperson responded, “Microsoft participates in the political process on a bipartisan basis in a variety of ways, including sponsorship of events, membership in trade associations and other ways. We engage with people on both sides of the aisle as part of this process on a regular basis.” AdRespect also contacted members of GLEAM (Gay and Lesbian Employees at Microsoft) for comment but received no response.

Although Microsoft has demonstrated an excellent record on supporting gay rights, co-sponsoring a political gathering that has historically been one of the most prominent platforms for anti-gay rhetoric seems out of step for the company. In a February 2012 CPAC speech, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pledged to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act and push for an amendment to the Constitution banning same-sex marriage.  National Organization for Marriage leader Brian Brown’s comments in an interview on Michelangelo Signorile’s SiriusXM OutQ radio program exhibit the continued pervasive opposition to marriage quality among those at CPAC.

While the lesbian marriage in Microsoft’s Outlook.com commercial represents the bright side of corporate advertising depicting gays and lesbians, the influence of anti-gay groups corporate America sometimes still remains. 


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