You might have noticed that there are many people in your Facebook list of friends who have proudly gone rainbow to show their support for the LGBT ( lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) community.
This did not just happen overnight, but it is a means to celebrate a huge victory that the LGBT people can now enjoy.
The news came on Friday, the 26th of June, 2015, which marks a historical day in the Unites States. The Supreme Court decided that same-sex marriage all over the nation is a fundamental constitutional right, according to the 14th Amendment.
This means that lesbian and gay couples will be able to get married legally and benefit from the same financial rights as any other heterosexual couples.
Many states had already legalized marriage between same-sex couples, but there were still others where the opposition was heavy and the issue was very much debated.
In order to show their support for the decision, many companies have painted their logo or decorated their offices in rainbow colors. The rainbow has been a symbol of the LGBT movement since 1978, when it was first designed by Gilbert Bake, an artist from San Francisco.
It reached its current form, consisting of six stripes of different color since 2008 and it has been widely used ever since, all over the world. The rainbow flag represents not only peace but also the diversity of the community and the need to accept one another just as we are.
Facebook is one of the companies that implemented a new tool that helps its users show the support. Ever since it became available, people have started to paint their profile pictures and various logos in the LGBT symbol, even if they do not necessarily belong to the community.
Mark Zuckenberg, one of the founders of the website, has done it himself: “Our country was founded on the promise that all people are created equal, and today we took another step towards achieving that promise. I’m so happy for all of my friends and everyone in our community who can finally celebrate their love and be recognized as equal couples under the law,” he stated proudly.
If you want to do the same to your profile photo you need to log on and go to their celebrate pride page, where you will be able to see a preview of the photo with a rainbow filter on it and click “use as profile picture.”
It was surprising to see how many people and companies have used this tool and it seems the number is going up. The rainbow has definitely become viral and it’s about to fill our walls in magnificent colors.
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