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Homophobes now showing they don’t like gay people with ‘US flag’ Facebook pictures

Nick Duffy July 1, 2015
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Homophobes on Facebook are protesting against a trend of ‘rainbow’ Facebook pictures – by superimposing the American flag over their face.

In honour of this month’s Pride celebrations and the US Supreme Court’s verdict on same-sex marriage, the social network unveiled a tool that allows users to show their support for LGBT people by superimposing a rainbow flag over their profile pictures.

More than 26 million Facebook users have applied a rainbow filter to their profile picture – with countless brands, politicians and celebrities also taking part, gathering over 500,000,000 comments.

Homophobes now showing they don’t like gay people with ‘US flag’ Facebook pictures
Homophobes now showing they don’t like gay people with ‘US flag’ Facebook pictures

Terminator star and former Governor of Califorina Arnold Schwarzenegger also took part – but the stunt has angered homophobes on the website.

The right-wing news website creatively titled RightWingNews is attempting to fight back – by making a special tool that  lets users superimpose the American flag over their picture, instead of the rainbow one.

It is not known how many people have taken part, but it’s doubtless a fraction of those with the rainbow pictures.

Using a US flag as a symbol of opposing LGBT rights is an interesting choice, given that two of the three branches of the US government – President Obama’s executive branch and the Supreme Court’s judicial branch – have now resoundingly supported equality.

The state of Mississippi is currently considering proposals to ban state weddings altogether, in order to prevent gay people from tying the knot.

Related topics: Anti-gay, Facebook, Gay, homophobes, LGBT, Picture, Profile, Sexuality, tech, US, US

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