A new study indicates that almost one million LGBTQ Americans used Facebook to
post obnoxious selfies come out this year.
Gay Star News reports that 800,000 Americans in total came out on Facebook over twelve months, posting to their profile expressly to reveal same-sex attraction or specifying their preferred gender.
That’s nearly three times what the number was last year.
The report states, “The most obvious increase is seen following the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v Hodges. On a typical day, one out of every ten people who change their ‘interested in’ status on Facebook do so to reflect a same-gender interest. On the day of the Supreme Court ruling, this ratio was double, one out of every five people.’
Here’s a nifty chart — the spike aligns with Obergefell v Hodges (and Pride):
Over 26 million people displayed a rainbow filter on their profile picture following the landmark June 26 decision.
Six million Americans in total have come out on Facebook, and 78 percent of those people did so since the beginning of 2012. The total number of fans who “liked” LGBTQ pages increased nearly 25 percent over the last year.
In other news, you’re being watched.