by MYA GREEN
On Sunday, members and supporters of the LGBTQIA community flocked to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Reddit to share their stories, post encouraging messages, and, for some, come out for the very first time.
Although the holiday has been around for almost 30 years, it was especially celebrated this year after the Supreme Court decided, in a 5-to-4 decision, to legalize gay marriage in the U.S.
A decade ago only one state, Massachusetts, allowed gays and lesbians to marry. Even though life before social media is unimaginable for some, Twitter and Tumblr were not in existence 10 years ago.
But amidst all the progression, there is still this blanket of fear that covers the community. Many Twitter and Tumblr posts ended with “Stay safe,” “Take your time,” and “Keep being brave”. These warnings show the other side of visibility for the community.
According to trendsmap.com, a website that tracks all tweets, the hashtag #NationalComingOutDay was almost exclusively trending on the East and West coasts. That information can be interpreted a multitude of ways but what is clear is that despite the Supreme Court’s decision, the country remains divided on the issue.
Social media served as a forum for those who have come out to encourage those who have not, but as many people stated on Twitter, coming out is not a one time thing.
Yesterday’s holiday was a new beginning for some, a reminder for most, and a statement of where the nation stands today.