Twitter is a funny place--trending topics on the social media site can range from the mundane to the topical to the truly bizarre and offensive. But a fairly wonderful thing manifested itself yesterday on the Interwebs. Twitter users by the thousands hijacked the inane, anti-gay (not to mention often unintelligible) new hashtag, #SignsYoSonIsGay, flooding it with inspiring messages of positivity.
It's unclear why anyone would start the hashtag in the first place. Apparently, someone who thinks that stereotyping the LGBT community is always good fodder for a joke or two.
Not surprisingly, at first, many people obliged.
#SignsYoSonIsGay If He Dribble A Basketball With Two Hands & Shoots With One Leg Kicked Way Back Behind Him
— #FuckThaPhotography (@AyOPrettyboikha) October 21, 2012
#SignsYoSonIsGay he accurately sings Barbie girl
— Santiago Briceño (@santb1093) October 21, 2012
#SignsYoSonIsGay when he wanna be wearing a pink dress 💃
— Shizzle Monkeey (@sammzy93) October 21, 2012
But just as many Twitter followers soon started posting messages of their own--with a distinctly different theme. As the Daily Kos wrote, this is what "countering homophobia on Twitter looked like. And it's a beautiful sight to behold."
In a committed relationship for 5 years, which is 4 years and 293 days longer than Kim Kardashian's marriage. #signsyosonisgay
— Tim Bouaphanh (@timbouaphanh) October 21, 2012
— Michael Matson (@Matsyland) October 21, 2012
#SignsYoSonIsGay He's a well-respected, kind, and articulate Episcopal bishop in NH (Gene Robinson)
— Jessica L. Atcheson (@jlatcheson) October 21, 2012
#SignsYoSonIsGay He tells you and you're delighted he did.
— Regina Mumble Mumble (@midweshterner) October 21, 2012
#SignsYoSonIsGay He has caring, compassionate friends - friends who care more about who he is than the labels that society has placed on him
— Gregory Grondin (@GregoryGrondin) October 20, 2012
#signsyosonisgay He loves his husband & children more fiercely, appreciates them more because their legal standing is so precarious
— randy roberts potts (@randyrpotts) October 19, 2012
Buzzfeed and Gawker were also quick to point out the phenomenon, and their round-ups of inspirational tweets soon made the rounds as well, inciting the rage of at least one Twitter user unhappy that the original intent of the hashtag had been turned on its homophobic head.
#SignsYoSonIsGay we get it, you're gay, no one cares anymore, now let us have our jokes.
— Daniel Tighe (@GallonOfPcp1) October 21, 2012