Sharp-eyed Facebook users have noticed a new reaction emoji on Facebook, a rainbow flag which is titled, “Pride.” Facebook occasionally releases a new reaction emoji to celebrate a specific holiday. On Mother’s Day, people could select a flower instead of the usual “Like” thumbs-up or other 5 reactions. For June, Facebook’s new rainbow flag reaction is, of course, in recognition of Pride Month, which is celebrated every June in the United States.
To access the new emoji, all you have to do is like the LGBTQ@Facebook page. Once you do that, you’ll find the new emoji third from the left in the series of standard reactions.
Another way that Facebook is showing their support for Pride Month is by featuring new Pride-themed masks and frames on the Facebook Camera. Users can swipe left to bring up camera effects on their mobile devices.
You can also update your profile picture with a rainbow frame. According to a blog post on the Facebook news page, there are over 76,000 LGBTQ-themed Facebook Groups, and changing your profile picture is a simple way to show your support of the more than 12 million gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, or gender non-conforming people.
What Is Pride Month?
Pride Month is more properly known by the full name of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month and is written in shorthand as LGBT Pride Month. The month was founded to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969 in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Those riots were a series of demonstrations by the LGBT community in New York against a police raid that took place on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn at 1:20 a.m.
The month was first officially recognized by President Clinton in 2000 when he issued Presidential Proclamation No. 7316 for Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. President Obama followed suit, issuing Proclamations every year that he was in office, starting in 2009 with Proclamation 8387. President Trump chose not to follow in the footsteps of the Clinton and Obama and did not issue a Presidential Proclamation commemorating Pride Month, although he did issue five, declaring National Homeownership Month (9618), Great Outdoors Month (9619), National Ocean Month (9620), African-American Music Appreciation Month (9621), and National Caribbean-American Heritage Month (9622). That trend is in keeping with President Bush, who also did not issue a proclamation during his eight years in office.
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