The Power of Symbols: Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality SymbolYou may have seen it cropping up in your Facebook news feed, an in-your-face fire-engine red block with two horizontal lines.

Its the latest symbol of marriage equality, one launched by the Human Rights Campaign, “the nation’s largest advocacy group for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities.”

They are asking for people to wear red and attend Tuesday’s Supreme Court hearings on Prop 8 and DOMA. On Tuesday the Court takes up California’s Proposition 8 which bans the same-sex marriage. Wednesday, the Court turns to the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, where Congress and Clinton legally defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Not in DC? No problem, “wear red” by changing your avatar for two days.

The campaign to change avatars got a big boost when George Takei changed his Facebook profile Tuesday morning. As of this writing, the Human Rights Campaign avatar has almost 4,000 likes and almost 17,000 shares.

Want to join the movement? You can download the the Human Rights Campaign avatar. Tell your friends (by whatever means) the full story. (Hey, link here!) And be sure to add hashtags like #Equality, #UnitedforMarriage or #SupremeCourt.

This icon is intended to raise awareness Right Now. It’s not intended to be the long-term symbol for the movement. An early effort to raise awareness through symbolism started in 2008 with the “white knot.”

Want to go whole hog? There are also Facebook and Twitter banners available for download.

Stand For Marriage from humanrightscampaign

Photo Credits
Avatar from David Hoang; Facebook banner from Human Rights Campaign.

Additional downloads on Facebook

10 Comments

  1. Thank you, Kathy. Just updated mine

  2. Yes, mine too!

  3. I updated mine at Facebook and my author’s photo, but I don’t know how to change my icon for my comments. Anyone knows?

  4. I just updated my FB photo too. :) Thanks for letting us know it’s for two days.

  5. I just went to the wordpress profile page by clicking on my name right above the comment box, changed the author picture to the equality avatar, and saved it. This comment should have it.

    Nope, didn’t work. I don’t know where that strange green square came from, but I can’t get rid of it.

  6. Hi, folks — to change the “gravatar” that appears with your comment ….

    You need to go to http://en.gravatar.com/ — it’s run by WordPress (Automattic) as an alternate identity service. Your gravatar is linked to email accounts – so be sure to use the email address you’ve used here at TMV.

    Set up the account – add the image – and it will show on all WP blogs that have gravatars enabled.

  7. Kathy, your link is messed up. Two many http:s

    I followed the (corrected) instructions. Let’s see if it corrects the avatar.

    Nope, not yet.

    Logged out and back in. Now it works.

  8. see if it works

  9. Thanks, Bob — not sure what I did there. Fixed it for posterity. Glad to see you and Dorian were able to get images up. Love them both!

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