Americans Are Coming Out On Facebook In Record Numbers And It’s Fantastic
A little bit of SCOTUS goes a long way.
10/16/2015 Curtis M. Wong, Gay Voices Senior Editor, The Huffington Post
At least when it comes to social media, Americans are coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) in record numbers.
In honor of both Spirit Day (Oct. 15) and National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), Facebook’s Research and Data Science division has published a new report that details three, possibly correlated trends. First, there’s been a spike in the number of people “coming out,” defined by researchers as updating one’s profile to express a same-gender attraction or specifying a custom gender. Meanwhile, support for LGBT-specific Facebook groups has increased. Lastly, researchers said, both of those trends were heavily influenced by the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling on same-sex marriage.
The results are outlined in a detailed blog post by Bogdan State and Nils Wernerfelt of Facebook’s Research and Data Science division. The survey, they write, found that roughly 800,000 Americans updated their Facebook profiles to express a same-gender attraction or custom gender in the past year, while fans of LGBT-specific groups have increased 25 percent. The surge is even more dramatic at a day-to-day level, as the number of people on Facebook coming out each day is three times what it was one year ago. Click here to read the whole article.