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Bowen Yang was a member of Adweek's inaugural Pride Stars list.

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Adweek Pride Stars Celebrates 15 LGBTQ Leaders in Sports, Media, Marketing and Culture

Adweek spotlights talent from across the industry, from geographical to those who champion diversity, and now the first class of Pride Stars. This celebration features A-list celebrities and NFL coaches, brand-inclusion officers, company founders and more. Here’s a small taste of who made the list:

  • Actor Bowen Yang, who became Saturday Night Live’s first “gaysian” cast member in September 2019.
  • Yvette Miley, svp, MSNBC and NBC News, who in addition to managing talent, Miley oversees weekend, overnight, breaking news and special-events programming on MSNBC and NBC’s Early Today broadcasts.
  • Shelly McNamara, chief diversity and inclusion officer, P&G, who expanded the footprint of the company’s LGBTQ+ employee network, which now has more than 5,000 members in 43 countries.

Meet them: See the full list of Pride Stars.

Opinion | How the LGBTQ Community Is Supporting One Another Virtually This Pride Month

Rigel Cable, director of analytics and SEO at Astound Commerce, explained in this week’s issue of Adweek magazine what the LGBTQ community is doing to feel more connected. In the piece, Cable makes it clear that it’s critically important for brands to find new ways to support Pride, as the usual in-person avenues don’t exist in 2020.

Related: P&G’s New Spot Zeroes In on Navigating Anti-LGBTQ Bias

Every day LGBTQ people make a decision about whether to conceal part of themselves when meeting someone new. That moment of hesitation is the inspiration for P&G’s new spot, which demonstrates that struggle. Watch it here.

Ahead of Postponed NewFronts, Industry Leaders Talk Virtual Format, Adapting to Covid-19

Each year, Adweek hosts a roundtable of some the brightest minds in media ahead of the NewFronts. This year, that meant a virtual talk ahead of the delayed event where the executives spoke about a range of topics, including a preview of the virtual format, how OTT exploded and whether a live event is necessary next year. This year’s panel features the IAB’s David Cohen, Hulu’s Jim Keller, Condé Nast’s Pamela Drucker Mann and more.

One key takeaway? As consumers rapidly shift their viewing to streaming services, brands need to rethink their media mix strategy. Read the whole roundtable conversation here.

More from the magazine: As Publishers Field Controversies, Advertisers Reevaluate Spending Opportunities

A number of publications have been in the news because they are the news. Ranging from Bon Appétit’s editor in chief resigning after accusations of unfair working conditions to The New York Times’ opinion editor James Bennet stepping down over backlash to an op-ed from Senator Tom Cotton, these events lead advertisers to think twice about where to spend their money.

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Infographic: What Images People Are Searching for During Quarantine

Getty Images gave us a look into what terms users were actively searching for through April. Not surprisingly, many of the terms are ones that became closely associated with life during the pandemic: social distancing, virtual event and baking bread. Even staycation makes an appearance on Getty Images’ list.

See it: The infographic shows just how much searches for various topics increased during quarantine.

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