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I think changing your icon on a social media site for 'equality' or any other cause is silly. Are you actually doing something else for the cause? No? Then a shiny new icon is, as my grandmother would say, about as useful as tits on a
I think changing your icon on a social media site for 'equality' or any other cause is silly. Are you actually doing something else for the cause? No? Then a shiny new icon is, as my grandmother would say, about as useful as tits on a bull. If you're pro queer rights, why not write letters, make calls, volunteer, donate money, and actually do something legitimately helpful instead?
I agree that doing things such as volunteering make a more quantitative difference, but I would argue that even changing profile pictures does to a certain extent, as well. For one, queer and ally visibility. It can make a difference. It did for Rob Portman. It did for Dick Cheney. It did for my dad. Knowing a "real life gay person" can make people reevaluate their own beliefs. Secondly, I know that when I was a queer teenager, seeing such overwhelming support for "something queer" would have made the world of difference. Perhaps I wouldn't have spent so many years hating myself to the point of nearly destroying myself. Perhaps I wouldn't have felt so alone. So different. Perhaps I would have been able to come out sooner, knowing that some people in my ultra-conservative hometown supported a form of queer rights. It's true that I will never be able to tell you the extent that such tokens of supports would have had on me, but I'm fairly confident it would have, in the very least, been positive.
There are so many amazing causes out there that people can give their time and money to support. And maybe some people who changed their pictures are supporting this and other causes in those ways that are more measurable; however, I believe that little actions like this can make a difference, too. Just because you can't do everything doesn't mean you can't do something.