Collage Group’s LGBTQ+ & Gender research equips members with a “cultural toolbox” that provides deep insight into consumer segments, enabling brands to authentically engage and communicate with their audience.
One pillar of this cultural research is called Essentials, which gives a 360-degree view of the LGBTQ+ & Women consumer landscape, spread across two different types of content: Cultural Traits and Passion Points. The Cultural Traits are designed to provide you with high level Cultural Attributes and more specific Group Traits to understand critical personality characteristics for a given segment or generational cohort, sexuality, or gender.
The research below is from Passion Points, a study that focuses on the activities that Americans like doing and the interests and enthusiasms they have. If Cultural Traits are the drivers behind decision-making, Passion Points are what Consumers spend their time deciding on. Or as we say, Passion Points are “concrete expressions of culture.”
Nearly half of the LGBTQ+ segment consider themselves to be a “film buff.” That’s significantly higher than Non—LGBTQ+ by 14 percentage points.
This signifies a deep level of fandom and confidence in their knowledge base about films—focus on films as a serious hobby. This particular attitude may be driven by their passion for representation in storytelling.
When we asked people if they think of themselves as experts or movie buffs, women were significantly less likely to agree. Only one in three women consider themselves movie buffs, while four of ten men agree. This could have something to do with societal pressures on women to be less self-endorsing. They are less likely claim that they’re an expert, but this doesn’t mean that women are less passionate about movies and shows than men are.
Since LGBTQ+ Americans are more likely to enjoy staying connected with celebrity news, they’re also more likely to receive their food inspiration from social media.
In fact, 58% of LGBTQ+ say they get food inspiration from social media and follow food influencers like chefs or other people for recipes.
One interesting way that women’s interest in food differs from that of men is their interest in seasonal foods and drinks. Two thirds of women say their tastes changes throughout the seasons, significantly more than men. Whether this is looking for soups and hearty stews in the cold winter, or trying a special at a restaurant that features fresh summer vegetables, women are flexible and adventurous in their taste. This means that they’re often looking for new recipes, new foods and drinks to try.