Social media opens doors for LGBT rights issues exposure

Gay rights advocate Kris May
Gay rights advocate Kris May

A GAY rights advocate says people are happier to support Marriage Equality over the internet than in person.

Kris May, a former Rockhampton resident now living in Mackay, says social media has given the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community much more exposure than pre-social media days.

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"It is far easier to get campaign messages across via social media, as opposed to, say, a letterbox drop," Mr May told The Bulletin.

"Additionally, social media is free - campaigning costs nothing, and the audience is limited only to the number of times an item is shared, and to whom.

"I firmly believe that if it weren't for the social media revolution/movement, the LGBT community would have nowhere near as much exposure as it presently does.

"I like to view this as productive and influential, in the sense that a greater audience can be obtained over more "traditional" methods."

His comments come after a Facebook page emerged late last month to show Central Queensland Federal LNP Members Michelle Landry and Ken O'Dowd that their constituents did in fact support Marriage Equality. Both had said in the media that Central Queenslanders didn't want same-sex marriage legalised.

Read more about the CQ Says Yes to marriage equality Facebook page here: Voters tackle CQ MP's stance on same-sex marriage

"There is noticeably more support via online for Marriage Equality than in person. This is perhaps due to those who are unable to publicly announce their support," Mr May said.

"It is far easier to fight behind a screen and a keyboard than to publicly denounce your naysayers.

"Social media is for everyone, and unfortunately, not everyone will think or feel the same about something as culturally significant as Marriage Equality. People are more than entitled to their opinions, even when they're wrong."

Topics:  gay rights lgbt same sex marriage social media

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