Marriage equality activists are protesting outside the Supreme Court today, as the nation’s highest court begins two days of hearings about two same-sex marriage laws.
And on Facebook and other social media, “demonstrations” are also taking place as marriage equality supporters are sharing and changing profile pictures to a red version of the Human Rights Campaign’s logo.
I’m so thankful to live in a state (Washington) where marriage equality was recently voted in. I have family and friends who are gay, so this issue is very important to me.
I also know that “slactivism” is a big thing these days: people posting pics and words proclaiming that they’re activists about a particular topic. I share a lot of images and words about suicide prevention, for example. During breast cancer awareness month, you’ll see pink galore.
Does this kind of passive activism actually do any good?
Here’s my take. Awareness does make a difference, even if it helps just one person.
Imagine a young girl on Facebook today who’s struggling with her own sexuality. She sees posts and posts and posts from those she knows and loves supporting the right for people of any sex, to not only love each other, but legally marry. And she doesn’t feel so alone anymore. Maybe she’ll feel safer sharing her story, her feelings with those she knows. Maybe she’ll “come out” and be proud of who she is. If just one person reads these words today and is helped, I’m A-OK with my form of “slactivism”.
I feel the same way about suicide prevention. Of course I’m a bit more active on this front with my walks and fundraising, and contact with politicians, etc. But to me the awareness is just as important. If it helps just one person reach out for help, seeing me passionately share my views and struggles, then I know I’ve done my job.