MARRIAGE EQUALITY WAS TWITTER’S THIRD MOST POPULAR HASHTAG OF 2015


2015 will be remembered as the year that rainbows broke the internet when Ireland and the United states legalised same-sex marriage and the hashtag #marriageEquality was everywhere. And now twitter has made it official, releasing its annual statistics that show #marriageequality was the world’s third most used hashtag of the year.

The #JesSuisParis / #PrayForParis hashtags used after the two terrorist attacks in the French capital took out the top spot, while #BlackLivesMatter came in second in reference to the social uprising in the United States against police brutality towards African Americans.

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LGBT issues also featured in two of the ten most popular individual tweets of the year.

Caitlyn Jenner’s introductory tweet as she transitioned was the tenth most re-tweeted tweet of 2015, while US President Barack Obama’s tweet after the Supreme Court legalised marriage equality in all states came in at number 4.

Caitlyn Jenner, 2 June 2015: “I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.”

President Obama, 27 June 2015: today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins”.