We’re so proud to provide a platform for all the incredibly talented LGBTQ writers who are advocating for change and sharing their stories on WordPress.com.
#LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard
You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.)
Here at WordPress.com we strive to democratize publishing and empower freedom of speech. It’s amazing to see the thoughtful analyses of the Supreme Court’s decision already being published, like this excellent piece from Tropics of Meta putting the decision into long-term historical context. We’re also proud to provide a platform for all the incredibly talented LGBTQ writers who are advocating for change and sharing their stories, like…
- Let’s Queer Things Up!, written by transgender activist Sam Dylan Finch. We appreciate how open Sam is about all aspects of his life, from his fraught relationship with psychiatry to the best affordable chest binders.
- Bully Bloggers, an excellent group blog on “everything queer” from five professors from NYU, Dartmouth College, USC, and the University of Arizona. If you need a break after their analysis of the Irish same-sex marriage referendum, plant your tongue in your cheek and visit their “Freedom to Marry our Pets Society” page.
- Conner Habib, a writer, public speaker, and sex-workers’ advocate who penned the incredibly popular (and thought-provoking) piece, “Why do gay porn stars kill themselves?“
WordPress.com bloggers were also out and about with their rainbow flags this weekend, participating in pride parades from Los Angeles to Lisbon and capturing the days in pictures:
- Key West, Florida, via Ron Mayhew Photography.
- Toronto, Ontario, via Michelle Bozzette Media.
- Barcelona, Spain, via Transient Eye.
- Seattle, Washington, via Seattle to Shanghai. (Bonus: the Seattle Pride website is powered by WordPress, as are Atlanta’s and Vancouver’s!)
- Istanbul, Turkey, via Quartz (a less-than-joyous occasion that shows just how important it is to elevate LGBTQ voices).
- London, England, via Paris London Style.
- And of course, San Francisco, California, via 2812 Photography!
We also had the pleasure of launching a website for Double Duchess, an energetic queer musical duo from the San Francisco Bay Area who just released their latest album. And check out the new tees and tanks added to the WordPress swag store in early June, in honor of Pride month — it’s the first time that we’ve made the same design available in a such wide, inclusive range of colors, fits, and body shapes! All the profits support the WordPress Foundation, which helps ensure that the free, downloadable version of WordPress is cutting edge, powerful, and ready for whoever wants to have a voice on the web.
Automattic is committed to diversity as a company (and we’re hiring!), and to providing tools that let anyone use the web to tell their truths and work for equality. Happy Pride!
Congratulations! Love wins. As a Christian, I support equality for all. I was very disturbed by some of the comments in the WP Forums when bloggers asked to have the beautiful rainbow banner removed. Jesus said absolutely nothing about homosexuality. Romans 1 written by Paul was about the sex trade industry not love between consenting adults. Just want to let people know that not all Christians are bigots.
How can anyone complain about rainbows? I’m always looking for them when the sun comes out after the rain so I can take a photograph. And according to my Irish ancestors, rainbows are lucky. I am sad to see WordPress take it down, as it was a bright spot on every screen. #LoveWins! 🙂
It seems a bit unusual to me that your celebration of this particular event takes center stage on your news blog. Normally, the WordPress.com News announcements relate to a policy change, a software innovation, a new theme for blogs, a celebration of a milestone in WordPress’s business history. I just wonder why this particular event garnered such a large share of attention from WordPress. It is your news, so it is yours to decide. However, there are many great events in the world that could be recognized. Why is this one more important than all of them?
Marriage is a contract between consenting adults. The state has never had a legitimate right to prevent consenting adults who wish to enter that contract from doing so, and your Supreme Court reached the final, correct and just decision on this matter. I am so happy that equality in marriage contracting and love prevailed in your country as it has also done in mine.
♫ Alleluia! ♫
I totally support the decision, and those countries who have reached the same one earlier. My gay and lesbian friends in Europe have already married.
My gripe, is, that for someone who is visually challenged, the rainbow was very disruptive. Much as I agree with the decision, I am pleased the rainbow has gone. No idea whether you run ideas through people with visual problems, but if you don’t, maybe an idea in future.
I have always enjoyed the rainbow as a reminder of God’s creation. For He is the one who created the rainbow and established it’s purpose. Here are his own words: “I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.” Genesis 9:13-15 ESV
To celebrate I wrote a blog post on my favorite LGBT characters in literature: https://lauraoosterbeek.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/the-best-lgbt-characters-in-literature/
Action speaks louder than words! Our Society needs to learn how to adopt things in life and acceptance is the key to a better world. There is a much more problem that we all need to focus and help resolve rather than bashing and mocking those two people who just want to express their love and be respected with their decisions. Religion doesn’t defy a person being close to God. God is my shepherd and I am happy for the new freedom which became official ! Spread love, not hate!
I had written this article more than a month ago when the Irish referendum happened i just want to share this again 🙂
Loved the rainbow banner. Congratulation to our American friends for the historic equal marriage decision of the Supreme Court. On this side of the pond we had a spectacular London Pride event on Saturday which brought the city to a joyous standstill. But then the very next day Istanbul Pride was broken up by the Turkish Police with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon. So there’s still much to do to make our world a fairer, more equal place.
I love and respect this author, although I disagree with part of this article’s direction. There are a lot of Christian bloggers who feel mis-characterized as “haters of gays”. This is not a popular time to be believers and doers of The Word. I have 2 points. (1) It is unfair and unproductive to call everyone who disagrees with you a hater or homophobe. The overwhelming majority of Christians I know love you… our leader will accept no less. (2) I’m grateful to WordPress for being willing to let opposing parties free access to express their opinions. It takes strength not to silence opposing viewpoints. I have a sound-off forum, and would love to hear your thoughts.
As one of the LGBTQ bloggers on WordPress, I loved the rainbow and let rainbows take over my blog for a bit. (I know I did more than one post about this.) I am grateful that you are a company that values equality and it makes me happy that I blog in a place that values everyone.
Thank you. (And that rainbow was really cool.)
This ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court is a big deal in my family. My oldest son is gay and was legally married in Massachusetts a few years ago. We had a Commitment Ceremony in 2007 which at the time was a way to celebrate their commitment to each other. My son and his husband very much wanted same sex marriages to be legal in every state. Amazingly it took a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to finally afford gay couples the same rights as heterosexuals.
This was a really important event to me, and despite being biased on the subject, I decided to make a personal post on identity discussing how the extent of exclusion involved with being LGBTQ has affected my life: http://dailychange.club/2015/06/26/authors-note-on-identity-lovewins/ . I appreciate all comments.