During the 10th annual Advertising Week, GLAAD & ADCOLOR presented AMPLIFIED: LGBT Voices in Advertising to celebrate LGBT-inclusive advertising at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square.
The event's panel included Tiffany R. Warren, SVP & Chief Diversity Officer at Omnicom Group, President of ADCOLOR, and member of GLAAD's Board of Directors, Calvin Burwell, Director of Consumer Planning at Diageo & Rainbow Network, Felicia Geiger, SVP & Director of Diversity & Inclusion a Deutsch, Inc., Robert Klara, Adweek Correspondent, Stephen Lewis, Manager of Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota USA, and Chris Warmanen, SVP & Creative Director at Leo Burnett.
During the panel, attendees and advertising executives from around the country experienced some of the most moving images of LGBT people and families in ads. Adweek's Robert Klara, who wrote a cover story on gay images in advertising earlier this year, spoke about the long history of gay images in ads - dating back to gay commerical artist J.C. Leyendecker's work from the '20s and '30s. Companies including Diageo, Toyota and Allstate spoke about how those images have evolved today and how their traditional brands have started incorporating gay and lesbian people and couples into mainstream advertising. GLAAD Board Member Tiffany R. Warren, who served as the panel's moderator, urged advertisers in the room to not only include gay and lesbian images, but transgender people as well.
Thanks to our sponsors at Ketel One, Omnicom Group, Deutsch, Barefoot Wine and Leo Burnett for helping GLAAD and ADCOLOR continue to bring diverse LGBT images to Madison Avenue!