Facebook Is Feeling Proud!

Facebook is celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month in a big way, with a new rainbow emoji, but apparently you have to go through a few steps to get one.

That wasn’t the case for me earlier this week when I went to ‘heart’ a comment made by a (real) friend on Facebook and there it was. A rainbow flag emoji. The emoji, which can be posted as a reaction to posts along with “like” and other emojis, will be available through the end of June.

Facebook launched the emoji by saying, “We believe in building a platform that supports all communities. So we’re celebrating love and diversity this Pride by giving you a special reaction to use during Pride Month.”

To add the new emoji to your reaction palette, go to the LGBTQ@Facebook page and “like” the page. I must have done that some time ago (I’m such an easy yes to a follow request) because I don’t remember doing it. All I know is that I’m thrilled to use it and I hope Facebook continues it throughout the year.

The workout that activists are already giving the new emoji suggests it’s something that people would use again and again:

  • U.S. Senate candidate and outspoken same-sex marriage opponent Roy Moore is getting trolled on Facebook with hundreds of rainbow flag emojis.
  • Critics of the suspended Alabama Supreme Court justice flooded his campaign’s Facebook page with the symbol for gay pride. It was attached to recent posts and comments on his campaign’s Facebook page.

How will you use your Rainbow Emoji?

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