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Twitter, Facebook, Blogging and other forms of social media continue to play an important role in the civil rights movement of this early part of the 21st century of our country – the quest for equality for LGBT community or gay rights.
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This has taken many forms whether it be the movement for same sex marriage or the removal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. The power of social media has been in its ability to light a figurative smoke signal throughout the internet to rally support either for a rally, a petition, a lobbying effort, or a fundraiser.
I saw this personally at work in the recent March for Equality in Washington. It was used to spread the word and garner participants and support throughout the nation and the world.
As social media use continues to mature and its effectiveness improved, the tools are only as good as the passion to the issues of the individuals that are involved. One to the great challenges to the LGBT community is to unite effectively on the many fronts of the civil rights movement and not become complacent with the victories and generally more favorable climate that is continuing to to exist in some areas of the country.
The reality of the situation is that full equality has not been realized and that gay rights are still something that our country has failed to achieve. I hope that as these technological tools are available that we can truly take the grassroots tradition of community activism to the next level and realize our hopes.