This week my Facebook feed turned red as many of my friends changed their profile pictures in support of gay marriage. This act of online support was prompted by the hearing of arguments about Prop 8 and DOMA before the Supreme Court. Regardless of the result, I think there is a clear shift in the attitudes of many people across the US.
In support of marriage equality, I also changed my profile picture, though with a distinctly librarian touch. Thanks to Shelf Check for the image.
Sometimes I’m skeptical of “Internet activism”. It is easy to think that the simple act of changing your profile picture has no meaning. But in this case I think it does. I’m “standing” with all my friends – gay and straight – to say that I support everyone in their fight for equality. Is it as meaningful as protesting outside the Supreme Court or writing a letter? Maybe not. But it is a statement. And it’s a statement that I want my friends to hear.