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Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding Policy Brief  No.165 - August, 2023 • By Jody Oetzel

Policy Brief No.165: Rainbow-Washing: Corporate Co-optation and Hashtag Activism

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This Policy Brief places ‘rainbow-washing’, or utilizing LGBTQ+ imagery for commercial ends, in a broader conversation of hashtag activism and considers when these displays represent authentic allyship as opposed to performative activism. While rainbow-washing is most frequently observed in an American context, global displays of Pride-themed brand activism in India and the Philippines are also considered. The Policy Brief ends with recommendations for consumers and corporate entities to prevent the co-optation and commercialization of LGBTQ+ symbolism.

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