Wednesday 5 July 2023

Pride and Other Marches, Days, Weeks and Months

Why don't spinsters, mistresses, aunts have a banner, a badge, a week, a march? Why isn't there a Water Day? The answer is... MONEY. I asked ChatGPT who sponsors Pride, and it answered:

Pride events and organizations are typically sponsored through various means, including financial contributions from corporations, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals who wish to support and align themselves with the values and goals of the LGBTQ+ community. Sponsorship can take different forms, such as monetary donations, in-kind contributions, or the provision of goods and services.

Corporate sponsorships have become increasingly common for Pride events, as many companies recognize the importance of supporting diversity, inclusivity, and LGBTQ+ rights. These sponsorships can provide financial support for organizing and promoting Pride celebrations, covering expenses such as venue rentals, permits, equipment, marketing, and entertainment.

Sponsors may benefit from the visibility and positive brand association that comes with supporting Pride events. By aligning themselves with the LGBTQ+ community, companies can demonstrate their commitment to diversity and inclusivity, improve their public image, and appeal to a broader customer base. Additionally, sponsoring Pride events can be seen as a way for companies to engage with the community, show support for their LGBTQ+ employees, and foster a welcoming and inclusive work environment.

It is worth noting that sponsorships can sometimes be controversial, especially when there are concerns about "rainbow capitalism" or when sponsorships are seen as mere token gestures without substantial action to support LGBTQ+ rights beyond Pride month. Some organizations and individuals may scrutinize the authenticity and impact of sponsorships to ensure they align with the core values of inclusivity, equality, and social progress.

Meanwhile, July is Disability Pride Month! And I have a badge somewhere...

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