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Carat and BWS Celebrate Queer Culture in Mardi Gras and Pride Campaign


BWYASSS is returning to celebrate the many unique and wonderful parts of queer culture

Carat and BWS Celebrate Queer Culture in Mardi Gras and Pride Campaign

BWS, in partnership with Carat, is bringing back BWYASS to celebrate Mardi Gras and rejoice in the many aspects of queer culture. 

BWS GM of Marketing Josie Brown said it was amazing to see the momentum behind BWYASSS just five years after renaming the first of its stores on Oxford Street in  Darlinghurst. 

Born out of the lived experience of Carat’s own queer talent, the BWYASSS & Proud  campaign aims to celebrate the diversity of the rainbow by highlighting the many and varied  identities within the queer community, emphasising that it is not a monolith, and all are welcome into every BWS across Australia during Pride Month and across the year. 

As part of BWS’ year-long commitment to the queer community, some of the 1,400 stores  that will rebrand as BWYASSS for Pride, will retain the rainbow branding throughout the  year. BWS also has an exclusive range, Loud & Proud, of which 100% of profits will be  donated to The Pride Foundation Australia.  

Carat Senior Strategy Director Annika Barrett said: “The passion behind this project has  been unparalleled. This was a proactive idea, created by queer talent at Carat, born of an  insight informed by our lived experience. We've seen that insight resonate deeply with every partner we've engaged along the journey. And, we've seen that insight reflected in  the lived experience and expression of individuals in the queer community as they navigate  this year's Pride celebrations in Sydney. 

“We dreamt of creating a celebration that was truly representative of what BWS stands for  and above all truly inclusive of all expressions of Pride. And we are so proud." 

BWS Senior Brand Manager Jax Young said: “At BWS we are super proud to be the most  inclusive and diverse retailer that welcomes everyone into our stores. The LGBTQIA+  community is made up of so many amazing identities and stories and we want to celebrate all parts of Pride this Mardi Gras season. 

“BWYASSS is all about celebrating what you are most proud about and bringing people together. The BWYASSS House of Pride is a fully immersive space that has been curated by the community for the community with dedicated spaces to match whatever your vibe is. It  is the one celebration you won’t want to miss.” 

At the heart of the in-store activation and content series, BWYASSS presents the House of Pride, a physical representation of BWS as the most welcoming and inclusive space in liquor retail. 

The House of Pride culminates in an ultimate celebration of the experiences and identities  of the LGBTQIA+ community. The event at La Porte, Sydney, on Friday March 3, has been  created by the community for the community, curated by Queer artists and allies including The Two Queers, Papi Chulo, Mowgli May, Chela, BVT, Confidence Man and many more. 

BWS and Pedestrian Group in partnership are inviting the community to take a trip at the  House of Pride into an ode to all the different experiences and identities of the LBGTQIA+  community, creating an event that caters to everyone and all expressions of Pride, with 4  Rooms and 4 Vibes. 

“For us, Pedestrian was the perfect partner to bring this campaign to life alongside Carat  and M&C Saatchi. Pedestrian was one of the most vocal supporters of Same Sex Marriage in  2017, they cover content relevant to the LGBTQIA+ community and their distinct tone of  voice really drives their message home and speaks to young Aussies so effortlessly,” said Barrett. 

The BWYASSS & Proud campaign features local identities from the queer community across  a variety of subcultures, with the campaign running across film, out-of-home, owned  channels, digital, as well as a PR and influencer component. 


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Carat, Thu, 02 Mar 2023 22:14:12 GMT