Here’s How You Can (and Can’t) Celebrate LGBTQ Pride This Year on Facebook
To celebrate the kickoff of Pride month in the United States, today Facebook is launching new ways for users to express themselves and show off their pride on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. The new LGBTQ Facebook pride effects won’t just be available for this month, but all year long.
“The LGBTQ community has always been a celebrated part of Facebook,” a statement from the company reads. “We know representation and having a community matters — whether that be LGBTQ people sharing photos that can change hearts and minds, or using our products, like Facebook Groups, to find a supportive network.”
The effects kickoff June 1, 2018 and will be available not only for pride month but all year long. But one of the effects that won’t be returning this year, possibly to many people’s displeasure, are the pride reactions. “We are no longer doing custom reactions for major holidays or moments in culture,” a spokesperson for Facebook tells Hornet.
While we won’t be able to add a pride flag to the status updates of families and friends, here is what we will be able to do this pride month.
Some of the big LGBTQ Facebook pride effects:
Fun with Frames
The ever-popular Pride Profile Frames are back again. Check out facebook.com/profilepicframes and search “fbpride.” Choose a frame you like, reposition it and set how long you want to keep it on your profile. Then, click “Use as Profile Picture” to post. Your friends can see the frame and will also be given the option to try it too.
Show your Pride by personalizing your text posts, photos and videos and share your creation to Stories or News Feed. Check out our Pride-themed text background, or swipe to the left of News Feed for Pride masks, effects, and frames in Camera, or the stickers icon to access Pride stickers.
Share Messages of Support
During Pride month, you can add some love to your conversations with Pride-themed AR filters, frames and stickers in the Messenger Camera. You can use the camera to take a picture or video, customize it and then send it to a friend or in a group chat. Messenger also has several sticker packs to help you share your support.
Facebook is also asking users to their visit LGBTQ@Facebook page where throughout the month of June, they will be featuring various stories from the LGBTQ community, tips on how to use their products, where to find LGBTQ celebrations and updates from musicians, nonprofits and more.