Today on Twitter, a homophobic hashtag was launched, #SignsYoSonIsGay, with the intention of amassing an army of denigrating and "comical" slurs. Because homophobia is funny. Ha Ha!
And at first, it worked.
However, something amazing has occurred today. Thousands of individuals (myself included) have countered the hate that was appearing rapid-fire by simply playing along and flooding the hashtag with messages of positivity.
And those messages have virtually drowned out those who intended to spread their hate, turning the hastag on its head.
Here is what, today, countering homophobia on Twitter looked like. And it's a beautiful sight to behold:
And here is my own:
#signsYoSonIsGay He's the brave and beloved chaplain of the New York City Fire Department who became the first official casualty of 9/11.— Maer Roshan (@MaerRoshan) October 19, 2012
#signsyosonisgay He loves his husband & children more fiercely, appreciates them more because their legal standing is so precarious— randy roberts potts (@randyrpotts) October 19, 2012
He'll fight for your dignity and full civil equality, even if you didn't fight for his #SignsYoSonIsGay— Mark Wells (@miark) October 19, 2012
Getting up, going to work, doing his job, and coming home to have dinner with his partner are things on his "agenda". #signsyosonisgay— Megan Shear (@Section331) October 19, 2012
#SignsYoSonIsGay He mentions it in passing one day & you & he are totally cool with it because you are a good parent & a decent human being.— Greg Pak (@gregpak) October 19, 2012
#SignsYoSonIsGay He doesn't obsess over straight people's sexuality— allisonkilkenny (@allisonkilkenny) October 19, 2012
#SignsYoSonIsGay He's part of the most effective Civil Rights movement of his generation.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) October 19, 2012
He celebrates himself and sings himself. #SignsYoSonIsGay— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) October 19, 2012
Today, in the wake of DOMA being ruled unconstitutional, homophobia reared its ugly head on Twitter. But this time, it was crushed under the weight of those who refuse to accept it any longer.
#SignsYoSonIsGay He understands how essential equality and human rights are to a sustainable, just society, more so than many of his peers.— David Harris-Gershon (@David_EHG) October 19, 2012