If you’re not part of the LGBT community you probably don’t think twice when you see an advert showing a mother and father bathing their baby, or when you a see a girl and a boy embracing in a film. But I do. Not all the time, that would just be weird, but more often than a straight person probably does.
See, for every straight couple I see in an advert I see one less gay person being represented.
This point is made more poignant now that T is around. It’s going to be a long time before he notices this stuff, however the thought of him not seeing families like us on TV or in a film and wondering why breaks my heart.
So when I was out shopping the other day, I couldn’t help but notice this…
It wasn’t in a massive display or made to attract attention. It was just there. There was also a poster of two ladies getting married inside the shop as well – again, nothing massive. Just there. And it made my heart swell.
I instantly sent a message to the company in question thanking them and went on my way.
Now, I don’t know whether companies have suddenly got a memo about being more inclusive or whether there is a hidden agenda, but this is fantastic regardless. Even if they are just “ticking a box” I don’t care. The fact that they’re happy to include the LGBT community in their advertising campaigns means that they’re not afraid to stand up against the homophobes and prejudice.
Ever since I realised I was gay I became obsessed with finding the LGBT community in the everyday and until now I couldn’t find it, or at least not very often or in popular mainstream advertising or television.
After this past week though I quickly took to the internet to see if I could find more and suddenly I realised that over the past few years the LGBT community have been appearing…
If you’re included in this list, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
BBC One Christmas 2016
Tiffany: Will You
Macy’s: I Do
eBay (This one is especially awesome as it was shown in India where homosexuality is still a criminal offence).
The list is endless if you have a good look and I’m now left with a really positive feeling amongst all the crap that’s suddenly happening.