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LGBTQ activists complain companies are caving to backlash against Pride Month: 'They're scared to death'
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LGBTQ activists complain companies are caving to backlash against Pride Month: 'They're scared to death'

LGBTQ activists and creators are complaining that companies are caving to conservative pressure and are "ghosting" them when it comes to lucrative collaboration deals they're used to having.

A report from Georgia Public Broadcasting interviewed several LGBTQ activists who said companies were shying away from supporting them this year.

"It's just been a really stark contrast from years before," said MI Leggett, a New York-based, non-binary designer behind a gender-fluid sustainable clothing company. "Every single year, my friends and I and my colleagues always get these additional jobs."

The report goes on to cite the backlash against Bud Light's marketing stunt with transgender TikTok influencer Dylan Mulvaney and the recent boycott against Target over its partnership with an LGBTQ creator who also promoted satanism.

Daniel Korschun, an associate professor of marketing at Drexel University, said the controversy around these LGBTQ partnerships is causing companies to reconsider their priorities.

"Companies are reevaluating all of their sponsorships and partnerships, and they're trying to foresee those that might cause the most controversy," he explained, "and I think they're pulling back on those."

Non-binary TikTok creator Hina Sabatine said that only smaller companies were asking for partnerships about Pride Month, "not as many big corporations."

University of Michigan business professor Erik Gordon said companies are frightened of the backlash.

"They're scared to death," Gordon said to GPB. "I think some companies are whispering their support into sympathetic ears, whereas last year and the year before they were standing on top of the mountain with a megaphone. If that's your approach this year, you need less creative work ... you need a smaller group of influencers."

He added that companies may be shifting their donations in order to be less visible about their support.

Leggett said LGBTQ activists have come to depend on the income from companies during Pride Month.

"We as queer people in business and in the entertainment industry, all kind of rely on this every year, and kind of counted for our budgeting," said Leggett.

"I don't mean to say that rainbow capitalism and corporate support is queer liberation in any way at all," Leggett added.

Sabatine said that in a typical Pride Month, it's normal to earn $120,000 in partnerships but that this year that amount had been cut in half.

The non-binary activist said the main issue was not about the money.

"They do have such an important piece in shaping our culture and the way that the public perceives certain issues," Sabatine concluded.

Here's more about the backlash against Pride Month:

Pride Month From a Conservative Perspectivewww.youtube.com

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