Now, we want to learn how we got to this historic moment in just a matter of years. So we’ve invited our friends at YouTube and the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) to participate in a SXSW panel discussion about the impact of social media on marriage equality.
All we need is your help! Vote for the panel, “How Social Media Created Marriage Equality,” and let the folks at SXSW see that LGBT themes are an important part of the digital discourse. Voting closes on Friday, so help us!
Our panel will bring Matt Baume from AFER and Brendan Feldman from YouTube’s news and politics partnerships to talk about how LGBT activists used social media to empower a grassroots movement that led all the way to the Supreme Court. More info from the panel proposal:
Since the single bigger correlation between support for equality is knowing real gay people, activists employed social media to share personal narratives, from YouTube videos of love denied to Facebook pages devoted to normative same-sex couples. This conversation will look at the social media methods employed by LGBT groups as well as gay individuals to begin the process of winning the hearts & minds of a nation.