HRC Turns the Internet Red!
If you’ve used Facebook in the last 24 hours, you’ve probably noticed the many many red equal signs popping up on your feed.
The folks at Human Rights Campaign, known for its blue and yellow equals sign, are taking credit for the logo and its gone over like chicken and waffles with a bloody Mary at a Sunday Brunch. It started Monday at 1PM. The logo was redesigned specifically to support marriage equality and DOMA and Prop 8 as they go before the Supreme Court. In a press release, HRC said the image had been shared over 100,000 times, and had over 10 million impressions.
“It’s unquestionable that marriage equality has captured the imagination of Americans from all walks of life. You see that represented today by the amazing number of people who have shared their passion and enthusiasm for this issue through various digital platforms,” said HRC Director of Marketing Anastasia Khoo. “By harnessing the passion that equality supporters feel for the freedom of loving and committed couples to marry, the internet is awash in a sea of red – the color of love.”
Some folks, even in the LGBT community, have compared this act to a kind of slack-tavism, or an easy step to essentially do nothing except make you feel better about yourself, but I feel like the image is an important statement about how we got to where we are now.
The drastic increase in support for gay marriage over the last 10 years has often been cited from the number of people realizing just how many LGBT people they know or come in contact with. And while I’d usually err on the side of caution when it comes to internet fads, I feel like this red emblem helps to support that idea – as a member of the LGBT community, or as an ally, this is my public statement about my support for same-sex marriage.
Every person who changes their photo, though a very easy and small step, is someone who shares the idea of marriage equality and equal rights. It is a very simple and almost passive step, but it is a very visible step. People laugh at the impact Facebook has on our modern world, but with over 163 million users here in the US, Facebook IS a very visible part of our daily lives as a nation.
I by no means am asking folks to change their profile picture, nor would I judge someone for not doing so, but I think this simple public statement could have a very large impact on our immediate future, even if DOMA and Prop 8 end in heart ache for the LGBT community, it’s incredible to see so many people united under one flag.
Tim is a writer, video game nerd, and music fan. You'll see him at shows, or you wont really see him at all.
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