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06/27/2013 10:26 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Facebook Launches Rainbow Emoticon In Honor Of Gay Pride

via GLAAD

Social media celebration in wake of the historic gay Supreme Court rulings yesterday has been huge. Anyone on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any of the other social media sites has no doubt been bombarded by posts about gay pride in the last 24 hours.

Facebook has now made showing your pride even easier with a new rainbow emoticon. This past April Facebook launched emoticons that you can plug into your status update, and now you can insert a rainbow icon when using Facebook.

To make your status more colorful with the rainbow emoticon, just follow these simple steps outlined by GLAAD:

1. Compose a new status
2. Click on the emoticon (next to the camera icon), choose Feeling
3. Type in "pride" after Feeling
4. The Pride rainbow will be added to your status

The social media giant also launched the hashtag #PrideConnectsUs to help users show their pride -- and even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been using it.

In a press release sent to The Huffington Post from GLAAD, it was noted that on Wednesday, Facebook also posted a status to its official page liked by over 90 million users that said "Approximately 70% of people on Facebook in the U.S. are connected to a friend who has expressly identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual on their timeline.

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