It looks like Facebook is the right environment for people who want to come out and those who want to share their lives with the world. A new report from Facebook indicates that the number of people coming out has spiked dramatically as people do not seem to fear sharing anymore. It is a (debatable) step forward when it comes to social progress and we know that is for the better.
Notice that we did say debatable, but not because we are uncertain if this is right or wrong, but because we understand that we live in a world with divided visions, opinions and thoughts and that the pride of one can be the shame of another. Not everybody agrees with coming out, or gay rights, but we do and we also empathize with our readers who do not share our same views. This is how life works and acceptance is the best solution.
In between 2014 and 2015, around 800,000 Americans have come out, either mentioning a specific gender or mentioning same-gender attraction. These 800,000 people have decided to hide no more and present themselves as they really are. It is a courageous act, with a very positive response, that also shows that society is open-minded enough to cross stereotypical barriers and labeling.
The 800,000 also have a greater importance since they helped raise the number of people who have come out on Facebook to a total of 8 million. But while the rest were coming out at a slower rate, 2015 literally boomed with a great number, showing that freedom embodies all aspects of life, including gender. To put it very simple, 2015 was the year of celebrating gay rights.
So how did things look on charts? Quite impressive, to say the least. Compared to 2014, when then trend was not exactly stable, coming out has an increased rate starting with mid-March this year. It has been going up ever since, peaking an astonishing 250% in July. The trend went down to 150% in the following month, but it continued to rise until late September to above 200%.
So the number of people coming out has spiked dramatically with two reasons: America’s acceptance of gay rights and social influence. If the world accepts rights, some people will get excited and share their feelings on the matter. If others will see that the feeling is mutual, then it is only a matter of time until everybody joins in and celebrates.
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