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From the 12th Annual Shorty Awards

#29DaysofQueerExcellence

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About this entry

As BET steps into its 40th year, the brand is taking strides to be more inclusive of ALL Black voices. The objective of #29DaysofQueerExcellence, in particular, was to send a very clear message, daily that we see, support, affirm, and actively look to amplify the stories of our Black, queer family. 

The #29DaysofQueerExcellence campaign was created to disrupt the traditional narratives that are important but can lean in the direction of cliche when it comes to our celebration of Black History. Our intention is to show that Black history is made every day and that Black Queer History is an important part of that. Black queer history is Black History and Black freedom would be impossible to realize without Black LGBTQ+ people. 

In starting #29DaysofQueerExcellence, we wanted to celebrate the beauty, power, and diversity of everyday Black queer artists, activists, entrepreneurs and thought leaders by humanizing their stories and taking beautiful portraits to honor their road to legendary. We strategically centered everyday heroes in the queer community, while highlighting the importance of incorporating Black Queer History into Black History. Our goal was to spark conversation around experiences that led to connection and understanding in 29 days! Through the #BETQueerAF social media franchise, we seek to continue to build community and elevate Black queer voices both online and within the company.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

We built out a robust strategy to execute this campaign by leveraging BET & BET HER’s 5 million+ social media followers. 

Phase #1: Build relationships with the Black Queer community by highlighting talent recommended by co-workers and close friends. 

Phase #2: Daily posting, community management and weekly recaps on various BET & BET Her platforms.  

Key Feature #1: The most valuable component of this campaign is our team.  The #BETQueerAF team is composed of people from the LGBTQ community, who are sensitive and attentive to the needs of our talent. Everything from our language in emails, to being available and accommodating on set, was an experience that made our talent feel loved. Things that should come naturally but, we’re all too aware is not often the case for our subjects.  We also sent out a talent directory to encourage our participants to foster coalition building in their respective industries. 

Key Feature #2: By highlighting our talent, BET as a Network is able to build relationships with LGBTQ organizations and thought leaders for future content - many of them are featured in the campaign! We have already met with GLAAD, Ballroom Throwbacks, and LOGO TV to discuss the future of collaborations with #BETQueerAF. 

Results

The results of this campaign (which concludes on February 29th) have surpassed our goals. We set forth to build community and we did just that! The daily comments on BET are history-making within itself. Everyone, from celebrities to young followers, is proud to see the stories of everyday Black Queer Heros on their timeline (follow #29DaysofQueerExcellence to read). We see daily reposting of the content and we’ve experienced noteworthy engagement with our platform from people of the LGBTQ community who are acknowledging the strides we’re making to be more inclusive.

The campaign was also well-received in the press and covered by LGBTQ Nation (Link here), Grit Daily (Link here), Healing While Black (Link here), and National Center for Lesbian Rights (Link here).

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BET/ Viacom

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