Today video website YouTube posted the above video – “Show Your Pride. Share Your Love. #Proudtolove. June is LGBT pride month and Youtube is getting involved by showcasing LGBT positive videos under the #proudtolove tag on their spotlight channel. You can find the spotlighted videos here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbpi6ZahtOH6Ep59vnHOZ0KBngOp-XiUP
The company says “At YouTube, we’re proud to stand with the LGBT community to support equal rights and marriage equality – we believe that everyone has the right to love and be loved. Pride Month may be coming to a close, but we hope YouTube is a place where you can feel proud and build a community all year long.”
One of the (many) things I like about the internet is that is seems on the most part to be very accepting of people regardless of their sexual orientation. I mean sure, there are bigots…there are always bigots. But there always seems to be someone there in the comment section of videos telling them exactly how wrong they are. While keyboard wars have accomplished very little, it’s comforting to know that reasonableness is winning, if the term “winning” can be used to describe what is quite a futile exercise. The YouTube community as a majority seems to support LGBT rights, and I know if you’re homophobic on Tumblr you may as well pack your bags and go home. Unfortunately the internet doesn’t translate well into real life in this case. Below is a map of gay rights throughout the world, and while things are slowly changing, it’s a little sad. Note that this map is not current, posted on a website in 2011 and might not be 100% accurate. For instance New Zealand has since legalised gay marriage.
Also if you live in Australia and click the above link, you can enter your postcode and find out the survey results from your area about people’s opinion on the legalisation gay marriage. Mine was…disheartening, with slightly more people believing it shouldn’t be allowed, but that doesn’t really surprise me, considering I live in an area with a lot of older, retired people who are stuck in their ways and probably can’t operate the internet and get educated. The important thing is that most Australians believe that there should be equal rights for all. This isn’t really surprising – ignorant hatred should be the minority.
As for you U.S. citizens out there, Facebook looked through their system and found that 70% of you are Facebook friends with at least one person who lists themselves as homosexual.
#ProudToLove everyone. Regardless of sexual orientation.
~ Darcie Rae