Introduction

Wow, what a month June has been for the team here at Studio Republic.

We all learnt so much more about what it means to support Pride in 2021 when looking at the past, present and future.

At Studio Republic, we pride ourselves on our united goal of providing charities, not-for-profits, and brands with the means to directly impact lives. For this year’s Pride, we asked ourselves what we could do to really make a contributing impact to the LGBTQIA+ community, and to learn, educate, inform and influence. So, rather than just changing our logo to a rainbow flag, the team were keen to get involved in a way that made a difference…

Past:

There are sadly minority groups within every industry that don’t receive the recognition they deserve, so it was important this month to shine a light on members of the LGBTQIA+ community who have impacted our everyday lives in the studio because of their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. They’re not only trailblazers in our industry, but impact all of our day-to-day lives. We spotlighted these incredible individuals in our #PridePride social campaign throughout the month, learning about their impact and celebrating the influence of this on our present.

Pride 2021 x Studio Republic


To see the full campaign, visit: https://www.instagram.com/studiorepublicofficial/


Present:

Whilst it was important to recognise the trailblazers who have not had that spotlight, it was also important for us to look at ourselves, and have crucial conversations about what we can do to make sure that the world we create and work in is inclusive for all. This allowed us to really look at what it meant to support Pride, its origins, and what it means for all of our futures.

We spoke with Chris Lewis (he/him), our Client Services Director who shared why Pride is important to him - ‘For me personally, it’s a time to look back historically and look at whose shoulders I’m standing on and who has got me to where I am today’.


Paul Connor (he/him), Senior Designer at Studio Republic also shared why the #PridePride campaign featuring community trailblazers felt like important work - ‘We wouldn’t be doing the job we do today without them. And yet I didn’t know the majority of these names.’

Future: 

Finally, we wanted to make sure that the conversations we were having were being put into practice by committing our time and skills to organisations paving the change of tomorrow within the LGBTQIA+ community. The Studio Republic team collaboratively shortlisted organisations we believed not only made impactful changes to the lives of the community, but that could really benefit from our team’s commitment to impacting lives, through our creative skillset.

Although all we're deserving of our time, we shortlisted to an organisation working on an exciting project to create meaningful change and conversation within and outside of the LGBTQIA+ community. We’ve loved every bit of this journey, and cannot wait to share more in the near future.

Of all that we’ve learnt, the team definitely recognised that whilst June was a month for us to increase our attention to understanding Pride, it is a topic we must continue to discuss, learn from and hold ourselves accountable to in the inclusivity of our work all year round.


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