As part of such a big creative agency – how did you get involve into the “Safe Space” campaign for Switchboard?
I work at Rankin as a Director & Producer making music videos, fashion films and branded content. At RANKIN we’ve always set out to change the world with the work we do. As soon as we heard about Switchboard and the work they do it was very much a no brainer that we could collaborate together to really help the LGBTQ community they are trying to reach.
What was it about the organization that draw your attention the most?
It is very much the fact that Switchboard pride themselves on being a safe space for everyone. With the recent closures of a lot of Queer venues and club nights (especially in London but up and down the UK) it is vital that we do everything to support places like Switchboard that are providing these safe spaces and resources for marginalised people. This combined with the fact that anti-LGBTQ hate crime has risen in recent years shows the work that Switchboard do is hugely important.
Similarly Switchboard doesn’t just focus on the big cities either – they are for everyone, no matter where you like in the UK. I myself have been very lucky living in the London LGBTQ community where there are multiple safe spaces but not everyone in the UK is quite as lucky. Switchboard are trying to reach those who feel isolated and alone. From those to who are questioning their identity, struggling coming out, need advice on their sexual health or a variety of other issues.