Proud Parent is a campaign and platform created by OREO celebrating proud families, fostering inclusivity, and championing the idea that a loving world starts with a loving home. In partnership with PFLAG – the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to bringing LGBTQ+ people, families, and allies together – OREO is telling stories about the importance of family and allyship to the LGBTQ+ community.
The first phase of the platform launched in June, a time when Pride parades usually fill the streets of US cities. When this ritual was canceled due to the pandemic, we didn't let it stop our mission. Together with PFLAG, we sourced and recreated famous signs that proud parents of the past have carried in earlier celebrations. We developed a targeted OOH buy in New York and San Francisco along the abandoned parade routes, and proudly displayed the creative there as well as in an Instagram filter. The OOH placements filled the empty parade routes with messages of love and affirmation for the LGBTQ+ community.
In October we launched the anchor piece of creative: Proud Parent, a film that tells a story of love, family ties, and authenticity. It highlights the critical role parents and community play in supporting our LGBTQ+ loved ones. The film launched on Twitter on October 9, the same weekend as National Coming Out Day. The film was created in collaboration with the LGBTQ+ community, including casting the lead actors who are a couple in real life, and in the hiring of our Director of Photography, transgender cinematographer Bianca Cline.
To accompany the film, OREO created 10,000 packs of Pride cookies with rainbow crème filling. Each pack features seven different colored crème fillings inspired by the colors of the Pride flag. These cookies can only be obtained via a social campaign where allies take an action to show their love for their LGBTQ family or chosen family.
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