Durex launches LGBTQ+ sex survey through Havas London
Durex has launched a sex survey aimed at the UK’s LGBTQ+ community backed by an awareness campaign from Havas London and Zenith
01 June 2021
The campaign aims to help Durex understand how it can best support the community, enabling everyone’s right to express their true sexual self.
The survey, which can be taken at Durex’s #MySexMyWay hub, asks questions that relate specifically to LGBTQ+ experiences in areas including sex education, sexual fulfilment, sexual health, dating and self-acceptance, in an attempt to understand the challenges facing the community. The results will inform the role Durex plays.
The Havas London campaign celebrates LGBTQ+ individuals who have overcome personal and societal hurdles to live their sex life their way. It revolves around a series of empowered statements and stories which evoke the attitude of those people who embrace their identity and sexuality proudly and unapologetically.
The social and digital campaign will predominantly appear in LGBTQ+ spaces, including partnerships with dating apps HER and Grindr. Arranged by Zenith, this will comprise a series of bespoke, co-created articles on the subject of queer sex, as well as a live ‘re-sex education’ event on HER with queer sex therapist Casey Tanner.
It will also include the involvement of influencers including Rose Ellen Dix, Mélanie Lehmann, Jamie Windust and Tanya Compas, and a promotional tie-up with PinkNews.
To coincide with the launch of the survey, Durex has committed to ensuring all its brand imagery is truly representative, with a new series of photography commissioned via Kintzing to incorporate more inclusive imagery featuring a diverse range of people within the community.
Durex has also partnered with The Proud Trust to help roll out its inclusive sexual health toolkit, training professionals to empower all young people to explore and express their identity and sexuality, their way.
Lindsay Forbes, marketing manager at Durex says: “Everyone should have the right to express their sexuality, to have the freedom to explore and enjoy their sex life and be their true sexual selves. As a sexual health and wellbeing brand, we have the responsibility to help make this happen. But first, we’ve got some listening to do. We recognise we have a considerable platform and the influence that comes with that, and we’re committed to using that influence for good. With the #MySexMyWay survey, we want to understand how to become the best ally to the LGBTQ+ community we can be, supporting everyone to live their sex life, their way.”
Elliot Harris, global ECD, Reckitt and creative partner at Havas London, added: “Durex has made huge strides in genuinely diverse representation within its advertising over the past few years, authentically depicting sex in all its myriad beauty. That being said, we recognise the LGBTQ+ community faces a specific set of challenges rooted in outdated, archaic societal prejudice. This survey will play a key role in furthering Durex’s ambition to be a genuinely useful ally to the community, and we’re proud to shine a light on some of the remarkable people within it.”
Reckitt / Durex
Marketing Manager: Lindsay Forbes
Senior Brand Manager: Annelie Pennock
Assistant Brand Manager: Celine Thomis
Global Brand Director: Elle Murauer
Global Director, PR: Vincent Panzanella
Creative agency: Havas London
Reckitt Global ECD & Creative Partner: Elliot Harris
Creatives: Ben Clapp, Stevie Lynch, Hollie Illes
Account team: Ainhoa Wadsworth, Nick Boyle, Bella Macdonald, Camille Le Senne
Agency producer (print & digital): Kat Loizou
Strategists: Ally Chapman, Asa Nowers, Milan Zum Hebel
Production company: Kintzing
Photographer: Stephanie Sian Smith
Producer: Oscar Bellville @ Kintzing
Head of Design: Lorenzo Fruzza
Designer: Sarah Butler, Darta Losane
Post-production: Kintzing/Havas London
Media Agency: Zenith
Planning Director: Jane Garcia-Rodriguez
Group Strategy Director: Florence Ospici Boyadjian
Planning Executive: Giulia Bardelli
Partnerships Manager: Danielle Murray