Permanently keep rainbow hashtags on Instagram
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This may, to many, seem as if it isn't a problem. Some may even view it as being Rainbow Capitalism. Some may not even understand why the rainbow hashtags exist. But it's very important to remember that being part of the LGBTQPIAD+ community is something that has been and continues to be scorned and prejudiced. People have been and continue to be punished, killed, and oppressed because of this. They have been and are continually forced to leave their families, end friendships, seek asylum in other countries because of this.
This petition is in no way saying that rainbow hashtags are going to directly stop the fact that there are 70+ countries where being in a same-sex relationship is illegal, and 10+ where it is punishable by death. It is in no way going to directly stop things like transphobia, biphobia, homophobia or the denial of genderfluid, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and other genders.
But, things like heteronormativity and cisnormativity were established and have been maintained through the use of propaganda. These things are what people are socialised into belieivng is true. And something as insignificant to some as permanently having the rainbow hashtags in instagram will do more than people think. It will help contribute to the normalising of the LGBTQPIAD+ community. It will be a reminder that these identities, sexualities and expressions don't just exist during Pride. We're here and we're queer and we're here to stay.
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