How Twitter Turned A Homophobic Hashtag Into Something Great

You may have noticed the hashtag #SignsYoSonIsGay on Twitter over the last day or so.

According to Topsy, there have been over 20,000 tweets including the hashtag in the last couple of days. As you may guess, it began as a somewhat homophobic meme. Here’s one top tweet on the subject, according to Topsy:


However, at some point something changed about the way people were using the hashtag. As the Daily Kos and Daily Dot note, at some point people started to use the hashtag as a way of ridiculing the homophobia it represents. Here’s some recent tweets:


Looking at the most recent tweets with the hashtag, it appears almost all are mocking homophobia.

#SignsYoSonIsGay has even been put to good use by GLAAD, using it to get more attention for Spirit Day — an annual day when people are encouraged to wear purple to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth:


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