H&M Close the Loop video is an advertisement for the clothing company’s sustainable fashion through recycling clothes campaign. The ad features a diverse representation of models that are different sizes, ages, genders, sexualities, religions, races, ethnicities, varying degrees of able-bodiedness, and people wearing and presenting their hair - including under arm hair, beards, and head hair - in different styles. The ad features a voice-over saying commonly stated and sometimes contradictory fashion rules and advice while images of diverse, fashionable people in various settings challenge assumptions about these rules. The ad closes with text urging people to leave unwanted garments in any H&M store so that the company can reuse or recycle them into new clothes.
Created by Airbnb, short-term rental and listing housing company, and Molecule production company, this June 2015 film titled “Love is Welcome Here” shows a diverse range of LGBTQ couples and families talking about their relationships, families, and the kinds of discrimination they face and have to worry about in their everyday lives, and especially when they travel. Examples include a gay male couple who were afraid to ask for one bed when they had been given two in Hawaii, a transgender queer couple who questions how people in conservative American towns would react if they didn’t pass as a heterosexual couple and if people knew the truth about them, a lesbian couple who talk about being afraid for the limitations and prejudices their young son might face for having two moms, and several of the couples describing the careful planning and research they have to do in order to know which cities and countries they can travel safely and openly through. One woman talks about her and her partner’s upcoming marriage and honeymoon plans, saying, “it’s not like we’re trying to be disrespectful or break any laws, we just want to hold hands and celebrate, just like anybody else.” Two of the interviewees also talk about tolerance, with one saying, “My greater hope would be that beyond just being tolerated by a society, but actually being accepted,” and another says, “You shouldn’t be hoping for tolerance, people should appreciate you for the way that you are.” Near the end, one of the women says, “We deserve life and opportunity and happiness.” The film closes with the statement: “We look forward to a world where all love is welcome,” then the hashtag #HostWithPride, and a rainbow colored airbnb logo with the words “belong anywhere” below it.
In 2011, Oprah interviewed Brazilian model Lea T, who Oprah described as the world's first transgender supermodel. In the interview, they discuss Lea's journey from being born "in the wrong body" as a male, while she felt from her earliest memories that she was actually a woman. Lea discusses the complex challenges faced in her efforts to navigate social, career and family dynamics in her transition into life as a woman and a female model.
Today, RuPaul is one of the best known drag queens in the world. At the time of this interview, RuPaul was just emerging as a global pop star. Many viewers would have been familiar with the music video for RuPaul's hit song "Supermodel (You Better Work)" which was in rotation on MTV in 1993. The Arsenio Hall Show was a late-night talk show popular with young people during its run from 1989 to 1994. This clip follows a fairly conventional interview format except that Hall, who is clearly enjoying interacting with the quick-witted RuPaul, asks his off-screen producer for "one more minute." One of the themes running through this interview is the relationship of RuPaul to her family. RuPaul describes them as supportive, says that she is "proud" of them, and laments that many of her fans "can't go home" because of their parents' homophobia. When Hall asks RuPaul about the political implications of his drag performances, RuPaul responds, "I can't change the world but I can change myself...and I can influence the world by what I do."
This clip comes from a short documentary called Second Class Citizens, by Ryan James Yezak. Clips from this documentary outline the history of attitudes towards homosexuality, describe some of the impacts of discrimination, and highlights some of the efforts that have been undertaken to advance the cause of gay rights.