This blog post can be about whatever we like, so I want to talk about something that I think Doug missed from his lecture this week. I feel like, in fact I know, that activism using social media has changed the world we live in for many minority groups. In 2013 the bill for marriage equality was passed, allowing same sex couples to marry from March 2014. I’m not saying that this wouldn’t have happened at all without online support, but it wouldn’t have happened when it did. In response our world and society has become more accepting of the LBGT+ community. Depression is a huge problem for our community (see here), and while this legalisation has not solved the problem it has absolutely helped. Social campaigning and activism has saved lives.
I continue with the story of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender girl who posted her suicide note on tumblr with the wish for us to fix the world we live in. Again while the attention this brought did not solve the problem, we are all aware and pushing to make changes in order to save others from the same fate. Without the internet this would have been swept under the rug, pushed out by people who believe that gender and sexuality is a choice, and consequentially forgotten.
We lose too many souls to the discrimination and phobic attitudes of the world we live in, and without online groups, petitions and awareness we would not be able to take steps to solve the problem. We have built a community and a safe place using campaigns, including Pride events and huge social media awareness campaigns. Give twitter and tumblr and every social network the credit it deserves for helping us take steps towards saving this generation.