70% of Americans Support LGBTQ+ Brand Campaigns (The Balance Sheet: June 4, 2023)

Happy Pride Month! In case you missed it, we're tracking corporate Pride campaigns all month long and will be analyzing the data in our State of Corporate Pride report later this month.

70% of Americans Support LGBTQ+ Brand Campaigns (The Balance Sheet: June 4, 2023)

Happy Pride Month! In case you missed it, we're tracking corporate Pride campaigns all month long and will be analyzing the data in our State of Corporate Pride report later this month. In the meantime follow our progress:

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Top Line

Stories With Main Character Energy

Wildfang Founder Says F**k the Rules, Don't Give Up

In the world of entrepreneurship, overcoming obstacles to achieve success is the name of the game. Just how many obstacles that path holds, however, is relative. For pan, bi, or queer founders like Emma McIlroy, the path tends to be a little more harrowing.

As co-founder and CEO of Wildfang, a trailblazing apparel brand that challenges conventional gender roles, McIlroy has emerged as a vocal champion for the queer community. Her mission is to foster greater inclusivity, open doors for fellow queer entrepreneurs, and support organizations that embody Wildfang's morals and values.

The Irish, lesbian, and immigrant businesswoman has high hopes of smashing the patriarchy while creating sustainable fashion products for a forever-growing gender-expansive world.

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This Queer-Owned Ticketing Platform is Taking On Ticketmaster and Eventbrite

The live event ticketing industry is overdue for an overhaul.

In the six months since Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift Eras Tour debacle, the ticketing titan has been lambasted by artists, panned by fans, and investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for alleged antitrust violations.

While many Ticketmaster critics would argue that the mega platform deserves the flak that it receives, the problems that have plagued the company are representative of larger, industry-wide issues. But niche ticketing platforms may offer a small solution to the industry’s big problems.

One such company is Sickening Events, a queer-owned event ticketing and fundraising platform that derives its name from the drag culture slang word “sickening,” a positive term that means “amazing” or “excellent.” Founded in 2015 as a video production business that documented drag performances, the company expanded its offerings in 2021 to include ticketing, event management, and fundraising services.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Tennessee’s ‘Unconstitutional’ Drag Bill

Over two months after Tennessee’s restrictive anti-drag law was scheduled to go into effect, a federal judge has blocked the bill, deeming it “unconstitutional.”

In a ruling issued after midnight Friday, District Judge Thomas Parker wrote that “the Court finds that — despite Tennessee’s compelling interest in protecting the psychological and physical wellbeing of children — the Adult Entertainment Act (“AEA”) is an UNCONSTITUTIONAL restriction on the freedom of speech.”

Continue reading at Yahoo! Entertainment

Most Americans say companies should publicly support LGBTQ community, survey finds

A clear majority of Americans who don’t identify as LGBTQ believe companies should publicly support the community, according to a new survey from gay rights organization GLAAD.

About 70% of more than 2,500 adults who don’t identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an otherwise member of the community said support from companies should come through hiring practices, advertising and sponsorships, according to online responses to GLAAD’s annual “Accelerating Acceptance" study, conducted in February.

“When people are exposed to LGBTQ people and experiences in media it changes hearts and minds and shifts culture and sentiment,” GLAAD said in its release. “Measuring comfortability in media is a pathway to 100% acceptance for LGBTQ people.”

Continue reading at NBC News


Queer-Owned and -Allied Businesses In the News

New LGBTQ+-Owned Stationery Shop In Andersonville Offers ‘Gay Things, Chicago Things And Cannabis Things’
Paper & Pencil is owned by Andersonville couple Eric Campbell and Tyler McCall. The shop sells writing utensils, stationery and more from women-owned and LGBTQ+ brands.
LGBTQ+ sports league Outloud Sports finds unity in diversity
They are connecting communities through sports.
Daylight, the LGBTQ+ neobank, calls it quits
Daylight had raised a total of $20 million in venture funding and was recently the target of a lawsuit by three former employees.
Grindr CEO says companies’ response to LGBTQ backlash is too timid
A bank once rejected Grindr’s business, he says.
Bronx LGBTQ+ business owners seek to expand community and nightlife
According to the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, LGBTQ-run businesses contribute over $1 trillion to the U.S. economy.
The corner closet: Why there are so few gay and transgender executives in corporate America
Nine years after Apple’s Tim Cook became the first publicly gay Fortune 500 CEO, there are still very few openly LGBTQ leaders in corporate America.
Woman-owned, LGBTQ+ business UpRising Bakery in Lake of the Hills shuts down after harassment
The woman and LGBTQ+-owned bakery has been the victim of vandalism and revenue loss after trying to host a drag show last summer.
Bristol’s first and only queer security firm
PHAT founder Ola Poroslo on need for positive reform in the industry


Good News in Queer Business, Politics, and More

Over 100 Leading LGBTQ+ Advocacy Organizations and Allies Call on Target and Business Community to Reject Coordinated, Extremist Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks
Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), GLAAD, GLSEN, Family Equality, National LGBTQ Task Force, National Center for Lesbian Rights and National Black Justice Coalition, in partnership with more than 100 organizations, renewed their call for Target and the business community to reject and speak out…
Bud Light Pledges $200k to Support LGBTQ+ Business Owners of Color
It comes weeks after the brand received fierce backlash over a partnership with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
An HIV drug is showing promise as a treatment for dementia
Two separate studies indicate Maraviroc is effective at restoring memory loss…
Drag queen hero kicks anti-LGBTQ+ hate to the curb in new queer comic
With the rise in right-wing attacks against drag, it’s a breath of fresh air to see a comic book where a drag queen fights back against hate.

Facts & Figures

Data to Digest

8 in 10 non-LGBTQ people in U.S. support equal rights for LGBTQ community, an all-time high: survey
An overwhelming majority of non-LGBTQ people in the U.S. support equal rights for the LGBTQ community, according to a new report released Thursday by GLAAD, the nation’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy group. Findings of the 2023 Accelerating Acceptance survey revealed an all-time high number of non-LG…
LGBTQ+ Professionals Fear New Laws Could Jeopardize Their Careers: Report
As many queer people escape GOP-led state legislatures passing anti-LGBTQ+ bills, a new report indicates LGBTQ+ professionals worry about what their professional life holds.
Is the World Better for Gay People Than It Was 10 Years Ago?
Half of the world’s adults (50%) now say their city or area is a “good place” for gay and lesbian people to live -- a figure that has doubled over the past decade and represents a new high in Gallup World Poll’s trend dating back to 2005.


Challenges to Overcome

As end of session nears, Louisiana lawmakers advance controversial LGBTQ+-related bills
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana’s legislative session nears adjournment, lawmakers in the Republican-dominated legislature pushed forward controversial LGBTQ+-related bills, including advancing a resurrected ban on gender-affirming medical care for transgender youths Friday.
Texas becomes largest state to ban transgender care for minors
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill that bans transgender healthcare including puberty blockers and hormone therapy for minors.
Elon Musk spent the last 24 hours spreading increasingly unhinged anti-trans content
After getting criticized by conservative pundits when a video was blocked on Twitter, Musk went all-in sharing right-wing content.
As anti-gay sentiment grows, more LGBTQ+ people seek to flee Uganda
Frightened LGBTQ+ Ugandans are searching for a way to escape a new law prescribing the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality.’ Homosexuality has long been illegal in Uganda under a colonial-era law criminalizing sexual activity ‘against the order of nature.’ The punishment for that offense is…
Sign with a homophobic slur in front of Florida business sparks backlash
In addition to the anti-gay slur, the sign appeared to refer to LGBTQ people as “child molesters.”

Future Outlook

Opportunities & Events to Know About

National Pride Grant for LGBTQIA+ Small Businesses

The LGBTQIA+ National Grant allows eligible small businesses to receive one of 25 grants totaling $25,000. Founders First is committed to increasing the number of diverse founder-led companies generating over $1 million in revenue and creating premium-wage jobs. To be eligible, the company's founder must identify as LGBTQIA+, have an active U.S.-based business, be the CEO, President, or owner, and employ between 2 and 50 employees.

Learn more and apply here

Black Queer Creative Summit

GLAAD’s Black Queer Creative Summit is the first-of-its-kind in-person event, specifically geared towards educating, empowering, and training emerging Black LGBTQ+ creatives across five sectors of the entertainment industry:


Learn more and apply here