ReportOUT and the Gilbert Baker Foundation are delighted to announce that we have won the 'Gold' award at the Second Annual Anthem Awards, scooping the TOP award by winning the category of 'Global Awareness Campaign' for our powerful Flag in the Map Project!
ReportOUT teamed up with partners, the Gilbert Baker Foundation, for our exciting ‘Flag in the Map’ project. This educational project documented people flying their Pride flags from all over the globe, with entries from people ranging from Kenya, Ukraine, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Kakuma Refugee Camp, China, and Uganda (to name only a few). From over 200+ entries, 50 were made into placards.
This stirring collection of photographs and stories shows the universal power of the Pride Flag to inspire LGBTQIA+ people all around the world. It highlights the bravery of everyone who shared their story, especially people from countries where their everyday existence is threatened. The stories we share are hopeful, sometimes harrowing, but always fascinating and a testament to the enduring strength of the Rainbow Flag and the community it serves.
The placards have since been showcased in exhibitions across the globe, from London, New York, Leeds, San Francisco and the Stonewall Memorial Park. They will also be exhibited at our #SaferToBeMe Global Human Rights and SDGs Symposium on the 22nd June, at the University of Sunderland, U.K.
Check out some of the placards via our slideshow, below:
You can view even more of these, and their stories, as the photographs have been made into a stunning book, of which all profits made from sales of the book go back to the Gilbert Baker Foundation to carry on their important work, and to ReportOUT, to help us to continue to report, inform and defend, the human rights of LGBTQI+ people globally.
The 2nd Annual Anthem competition received nearly 2,000 entries from 43 countries worldwide. “Since launching this platform in June of 2021, we have seen that social change has emerged as a dominant force in mainstream culture.” said Anthem Awards Managing Director Jessica Lauretti:
“The sheer number, breadth and overall quality of the entries shared with us in the 2nd Annual Awards is a testament to the strength of this growing movement and demonstrates an enduring commitment to the work that is both humbling and inspiring to see. From the war in Ukraine, to protests in Iran and the ongoing battle for equality here at home in the States, the call for change not only perseveres but is a growing global chorus."
For our partnership to place gold for the Global Awareness Campaign of the year means that our Flag in the Map Project showed "outstanding and effective work by a global organisation or programme that raises awareness for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion."
The Anthem Awards also said that:
"Selection as a winner means your work not only demonstrates world class talent, leadership and execution, it is also a best in class example of the work leading the way in the Impact Industry today. You should be incredibly proud of your accomplishment!"
The Anthem Awards honours the purpose and mission-driven work of people, companies and organisations worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, they define a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their own communities. The Anthem Awards honours work across seven core causes: Diversity; Equity and Inclusion; Education; Art & Culture; Health; Human and Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action and Services; Responsible Technology; and Sustainability, Environment and Climate.
Winners for the 2nd Annual Anthem Awards will be celebrated at the Winners Celebration on February 27th 2023 in New York City. Fans will be able to hear from social impact leaders and their hallmark speeches at www.anthemawards.com.
To everyone who submitted a picture, we at ReportOUT and the Gilbert Baker Foundation, nominate this award win for all of you, well done!