You might have noticed that the interwebs, especially social networking giant Facebook, looked a little different yesterday. The site, normally dominated by a blue and white color scheme ran decidedly red. And pink.
If you noticed scores of your friends and followers sporting profile pictures of a pink equals sign on a red background, it’s wasn’t in celebration of a math holiday you forgot about. Instead, it was the online world’s way of showing solidarity and support for marriage equality.
The Human Rights Campaign, which advocates equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, has been promoting an image of a pink equal sign over a red background in lieu of its blue-and-yellow logo to mobilize supporters online as the Supreme Court begins hearings on California’s Prop 8 (which bans gay marriage in the state) and the controversial Defense of Marriage Act in Washington, reported TIME.
The effect was inspiring: logging onto Facebook yesterday, I saw scores of identical profile pics. It was a powerful statement of “we are all the same.” A quiet yet tremendous way for each of us to show that we stand beside our homosexual brothers and sisters as they demand their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…no matter with whom they want to pursue it.
The image racked up more than 25,000 likes and 78,000 shares on the group’s Facebook page in the first 24 hours, and has since gone viral across multiple sites. In true internet fashion, it didn’t take long for people to start putting their own creative spin on the original equals sign design.
Here are 10 of our favorites:
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