In 2012, russia passed an anti-gay propaganda law that banned gay parades for a hundred years. Subsequently, Russia saw a surge of hate crimes motivated by homophobia. No one acknowledged this or came to their support and since a strict control of media was imposed, we needed to find new ways of reaching out and spread the word about the situation.
After only 3 days, GOWEST became a trending topic. An incredible wave of tweet-invitations was sent from the website reaching 3,7 million Russian Twitter-accounts. International media and influential celebrities picked up the story, which resulted in the festival being mentioned 10 times more in media than previous years. Number of attendees to Stockholm Pride rose by 33%. The campaign also inspired many other initiatives supporting the Russian LGBT-community. But more importantly: what started as a single tweet contributed to placing a serious issue firmly on the global agenda.
GOWEST AND SUBSEQUENT MOVEMENT FEAUTURED IN:
Fast Company / Huffington Post / LGBT Weekly / Wall Street Journal / Swedish Television / Aftonbladet / Yahoo / DN / RT / ESPN / QX / Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt / Swedish Radio / Gay Star News / Salon.com / BuzzFeed / Huffington Post / Out.com / CBC / Femen.tv / Huffington Post / Pink News / The Local / Nyheter24 / Finest.se
AGENCY: M&C SAATCHI STOCKHOLM / CLIENT: STOCKHOLM PRIDE / PRODUCTION COMPANY: ACT NORMAL / PRINT RETOUCHER: JOHANNA KARSTEN – MY ROLE: CO-CREATIVE & ART DIRECTOR