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Fairy releases FAIR products as report reveals British parents thoughts on LGBTQ+ issues

Fairy has announced that it will lose its Y and launch a limited edition FAIR range in support of LGBTQ+ youth charity, akt, in a bid to help make life more fair for every family in the UK – including those with LGBTQ+ members.

The move comes as the British household brand publishes ‘The FAIR Report’, a look into the attitudes and perceptions of British parents and finds that, while things have come a long way in Britain since Fairy launched in the 1950s, there is still a long way to go for all families to enjoy equality.

Key findings of the report include:

  • Less than a third (30%) of British parents surveyed said they think families with LGBTQ+ members are fairly treated in 2019
  • Seven in ten (69%) said they would support their child if they were in a same-sex relationship and wanted to have a child
  • When asked what would help to create equality for families with LGBTQ+ members, education in schools was the top answer (59%)

While some stats from the report were promising, others showed there is still work to be done:

  • Just over half of parents (59%) think that they talk openly and positively about LGBT life and issues to their kids
  • Less than half of parents of an LGBT+ child (47%) believe that their child was comfortable telling them they are LGBT+
  • Over a quarter (27%) of British parents say they agree that it is fair to treat people differently because of who they love or who loves them
  • Nearly 1 in 5 (18%) said that LGBT+ parenting has no place in 2019

The research, which was conducted amongst 2,000 British parents during May 2019, also found that a third (32%) of British parents say, within their family, that they find it difficult to find the right moment to talk about sensitive issues.

Over half (59%) believe they talk with their children openly and positively about LGBTQ+ issues, a quarter of those surveyed (25%) did not.

As part of its campaign to promote a supportive family unit, Fairy will be donating £50k to LGBTQ+ youth charity akt.

“FAIRY has been a presence beside British kitchen sinks for over 70 years – if a bottle of FAIR can help families find a moment to talk openly and positively about LGBTQI+ issues, that will really help shift perceptions and drive equity for all family members, everywhere,” said Tim Sigsworth, CEO of akt.

“Fairy’s donation will help akt develop innovative responses to ensure parents, caregivers and siblings are better informed and supported – increasing the possibility that young people will continue to enjoy a supportive and loving family life, after they come out.”

L-R Faz Bukhari, Jonny Warburton, Duncan James, Scott Popham and Tim Sigsworth MBE

“Whilst there has been huge progress in equality in the UK, there’s still room for greater fairness.  In partnership with akt, our FAIR campaign recognises and celebrates the diversity in family life today,” added Tom Moody, Vice President & General Manager, P&G Northern Europe.

“When people chose a limited edition FAIR bottle and place it by their sink at home, they’ll be supporting a fabulous cause and our vision to create a world free from bias where everyone is free to be themselves.”

Fairy has also created ‘The Fairy FAIR film’ with campaign ambassador, Duncan James and akt to accompany the report.

Commenting on it, Duncan said, “I count myself so lucky that my mum and grandparents have been so loving and supportive over the years. We have come such a long way but The FAIR Report highlights that there are still so many members of the LGBTQ+ community who struggle to have a happy family life.

“I would encourage families – next time you’re having a cup of tea or doing the washing up, have a chat and let each other know, we’re all equal no matter who we love or who loves us.”

The limited edition FAIR range will be available from leading retailers from July 2019. A donation of £50,000 will go to akt.  

Written by QWEERIST editor

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