Imagine your beloved stories from literature and lore in a new, more colorful light.
Globe and Pride@Tech are launching its latest initiative “Retold With Pride,” which flips the script on iconic stories we all grew up with by giving better representation to the LGBTQ+ community.
From world-famous classics to local mythical tales, the riveting collection features stories familiar to most but reimagined to reflect the rainbow experience.
Created by Propel Manila, in collaboration with Meta, Elesi Studios, Kerplunk Studios, M&P Creatives, Retold With Pride features “Pride and No Prejudice,” “Dragula,” “The Gay Gatsby,” “Life of Bi,” “Little Women Loving Women,” and local classics “Ibong Adana,” “Florante at Awra” and “Si Malakas at Si Makisig,” all retold to show day-to-day realities of the LGBTQ+ community. The rainbow retelling highlights the universal appeal of great masterpieces, touching on real life themes of love, sex, dating, coming out, and acceptance, topics which everyone can relate to.
Launched on November 15, Retold With Pride is available on Spotify as audiobooks. You may also watch the stories come to life on Pride@Tech’s Instagram account as video books.
The initiative aims to benefit the Home for the Golden Gays, an organization that provides support and care facilities for elderly LGBTQ+ members.
“As storytellers and creators, it’s important our work promotes equality, inclusivity and diversity. Representation matters, representation creates perception. Perception shapes culture, and ultimately it shapes our reality. We know how powerful stories can be,” said Propel Manila chief creative Raymund Sison.
Globe head of communication integration and brand governance Veca Keeler said Globe immediately wanted to support the initiative as part of the company’s advocacy for equality, diversity and inclusivity.
“When we first learned about this idea, we knew we wanted to be a part of it,” said Keeler.
She cited Globe’s pioneering effort to recognize qualified dependents of same-sex couples among its employees.
“This year, we began recognizing the qualified dependents of same-sex legal couples in our employee base. We are proud to say that we are the first Filipino company to extend similar benefits to dependents of its employees who come from the LGBTQ+ community. Our current brand line ‘Atin Ang Mundo’ is a celebration of stories of people who are proud of who they are and who embrace every opportunity to move their lives forward through the use of technology. We are thrilled with the Retold With Pride stories we’re launching with Pride@Tech,” Keeler said.