Enough with the rainbow filter-shaming.
If your friends are more liberal than Liberal, your Facebook news feed has probably turned rainbow over the past three days.
There’s a good chance you too switched your profile picture to those symbolic stripes using Facebook’s celebratepride tool, basking in that glow of solidarity as you celebrated the USA-wide legalisation of gay marriage.
Read a beautiful paragraph that explains marriage equality perfectly here.
It was a lovely moment of unity, a rare reminder of what a politically progressive victory feels like — and in Australia, it sparked a flicker of hope that we might soon see some similar progress on marriage equality closer to home.
And then, inevitably, the critiques (and critics) started to roll in.
Bloggers and social media commentators have started to ponder whether there’s something “off” a little bit off about this “super easy way to celebrate gay pride”. Meanwhile, a group of activists want us to ‘hold our applause’ for the rainbow profile pictures, The Guardian reports today, because Facebook doesn’t allow all LGBT+ people to sign up using their adopted name.
On my news feed, a meme that lists of the types of discrimination the LGBT+ community still faces is doing the rounds — its point being that marriage equality alone isn’t enough to redress inequality.
Well, to those who dismiss the rainbow profiles as lazy social media slacktivism, I say: You’re missing the point.
The rainbow Facebook wave won’t single-handedly solve discrimination, sure. But it is powerful in its own way.
As a non-LGBT+ person, I hope the rainbow filter lets those within the LGBT+ community that I don’t align myself with those douchebags who judge and hate and shame others because of their sexual orientation.