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Social Media: A Critical Force for LGBTQ+ Activism

Written By Michael Ferrara

Created on 2023-05-24 11:24

Published on 2023-05-24 12:29

The advent of social media has revolutionized our world. These platforms, such as TikTok, are no longer just tools for staying connected with friends and family or sharing memes. They have become potent platforms for driving social change, particularly for the LGBTQ+ community. 

The Power of Hashtags

“Hashtags are more than just a collection of words. They have power. They create movements,” states Alex, a well-known teen LGBTQ+ activist on TikTok.

, , and , among others, have sparked important conversations. These hashtags have led to viral campaigns, transforming from mere words on a screen to rallying cries resonating globally.

Alex shares, "When I first saw trending, I felt an overwhelming sense of belonging. This simple hashtag assured me that I wasn't alone."

and are two of the most significant and impactful hashtags in the LGBTQ+ community. They have served as rallying cries, symbols of hope, and a means of raising awareness for LGBTQ+ rights.

The project started in 2010 as a response to a series of suicides among LGBTQ+ youth who were bullied in school. Columnist and author Dan Savage, along with his partner Terry Miller, uploaded a YouTube video sharing their own experiences with bullying and assuring young people that "it gets better".

This single video blossomed into an entire social media movement, with the hashtag used to share stories of hope and resilience. Thousands of individuals, including prominent figures and celebrities, have since created their own "It Gets Better" videos, reassuring LGBTQ+ youth that they are not alone and that they have a future.

In the decade since it was launched, the It Gets Better Project has reached millions worldwide, becoming a non-profit organization that offers resources, outreach, and support for LGBTQ+ youth. As of this writing, it currently has over 239.3K followers on TikTok.

The hashtag finds its origins in the annual Pride Month celebrations that take place in June in many parts of the world. Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall riots of 1969, a key event in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

Over time, has evolved into a powerful symbol of the LGBTQ+ community's resilience and diversity. It's used widely on social media during Pride Month and throughout the year to share personal stories, celebrate milestones in LGBTQ+ rights, show support for the community, and highlight issues that still need addressing.

In a broader sense, the hashtag is a digital demonstration of the community's unapologetic visibility and strength. Like a rainbow flag waving in the digital landscape, it serves as a beacon for those who might still be finding their way.

Both of these hashtags demonstrate the power of social media as a tool for activism and community-building. They've become integral parts of the dialogue surrounding LGBTQ+ rights and continue to provide a sense of community and solidarity for individuals worldwide.

Digital Communities and Safe Spaces

For many LGBTQ+ individuals, finding a community offline can be challenging. Here is where social media steps in, nurturing vibrant LGBTQ+ online communities.

"These platforms become our havens," explains Jordan, a transgender woman who found support through a Facebook group. "When I was struggling with my identity, it was this online community that helped me through."

The Influence of Viral Trends

Beyond hashtags and communities, viral trends are another way social media facilitates LGBTQ+ activism. The Ice Bucket Challenge is one famous example of a viral campaign making waves for a cause.

LGBTQ+ centric challenges, such as the "Don't Rush Challenge," where participants displayed transitions between their everyday looks and their fabulous drag personas, not only entertain but also help normalize diverse identities. As of this writing, the movement has collected over 1.5B views on TikTok.

Social Media as a Tool for Advocacy and Change

Social media has the potential to influence policy and instigate real-world changes. For instance, during the movement, TikTok users and K-pop fans mobilized to drown out opposition by flooding the hashtag with unrelated content.

"We utilized our collective power," recalls a TikTok participant, Lee. "We turned a potentially harmful space into one that disrupted the status quo."

The Role of Influencers and Celebrities

From Ellen DeGeneres to Lil Nas X, influencers and celebrities play a significant role in promoting LGBTQ+ rights. They inspire their millions of followers and humanize the struggles faced by the LGBTQ+ community.

"I never thought I'd see the day when a celebrity I admire would come out," says Alex, himself a bisexual teen. "It gave me the courage to do the same," referring to Ked Merwin coming out as gay in a October 25, 2022 video posted on his TikTok handle.

Challenges and Criticisms 

Despite these advances, LGBTQ+ activism on social media faces challenges. Online harassment, trolling, and "slacktivism" (where people express support online without taking real-world action) are considerable hurdles.

Yet, as Alex declares, "We won't let these challenges stop us. Our voices will continue to be heard, online and off."

The Future of LGBTQ+ Activism on Social Media

As we look forward, the future of LGBTQ+ activism on social media shines bright. With more platforms emerging and existing ones constantly evolving, the potential for growth and impact is significant.


In our digital age, the online world is a new battleground for LGBTQ+ rights. Each tweet, post, or share can be an act of resistance or solidarity. Let us all take up this mantle, using our digital presence to create a more inclusive, accepting world. 

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