“We want to leave the world better than we found it,” said Tim Cook when he opened up about his sexuality in 2014 during a ‘Late Show’ interview.
His comments elicited mixed emotions across the globe. Cook also said that he’s focused on charity for the same reason that he came out as gay. People are suffering, and because of his position at Apple (AAPL), he’s able to do something about it. People supported and appreciated his moving and heartfelt message for the world.
Why did the message so instantly gain fame and popularity?
Social Media has changed the way we view the world today. The world has become a much smaller, more affable and more identifiable place. One can now at the click of a button befriend anyone thousands of miles away. Share updates on themselves, their moods, their activities just about everything and broadcast it to the world. The veil of anonymity and instant gratification that the Internet provides has created more confidence and courage in people.
It has been a boon to the LGBT+ community. Growing numbers of LGBT people are choosing to come out online, according to the LGBT Helpline, the national support service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.
They find support and solace in other like minded individuals and support groups. The entire experience of coming out has changed significantly as a result of digital communications.
“In the past, coming out tended to be a very personal experience, where you opened up about your sexuality to a small number of trusted family members or friends. “And while people are still careful about who they tell when they are first coming out, once they feel more comfortable about their sexuality, more and more people are choosing social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter as a way of telling other family members, friends and their wider social circles.
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On the positive side, we are now seeing that most people receive a lot of positive affirmation after coming out online. People find it a reassuring experience, with social media often helping them to feel less isolated and allowing them to tap into extensive online support networks. But it is a big step, so we do encourage people to think about it carefully and consider what supports they have offline, in particular who they can talk to if they do not get the reaction they are hoping for.
LGBT organizations, for example, are using channels like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to bring greater awareness to their causes and create global communities. This reach has worked to support and promote LGBT issues and rights in countries that are tolerant, and intolerant, of their rights.
FSOG too, is collaborating with Ms. Ishita Das, faculty member at PIMR,Indore to help conduct a survey to find out the impact that Social Media has had on helping the LGBT community. How Social Media has helped create awareness and become a safe place for the community at large.
Written by: Delshad Master