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.
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”.