In honor of National Coming Out Day, which was October 11, and Spirit Day, which was October 15, Facebook's Research and Data Science team revealed that more Americans are coming out on Facebook now than ever, as reported by Refinery29.
Stats report that since October 11, 2014, 800,000 people have updated their profile to reflect a same-sex preference or custom gender. On the day of the Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality - June 26, 2015 - the rate of coming out on Facebook was 250 percent compared to the previous year. That means on that day, the rate of people coming out on Facebook was 2.5 times what it was on that day last year. Additionally, more than 26 million people - both straight and LGBT - celebrated the monumental court decision by updating their profile picture with the rainbow flag filter.
Facebook reports that more than 6 million Americans have come out on the social media platform, and that 78 percent of these people have updated since 2012. The team admits that the number might be conflated due to the growth of people on Facebook that year, but the fact remains that the LGBT movement has gained serious traction in recent years.
It's awesome to see coming out on Facebook becoming more popular every day. We're so glad that the age of social media has helped people to embrace who they are. If there were ever a time to need a "love" button on Facebook, it's now!