A Tweet-Powered Rainbow Flag has been unveiled in Toronto to mark the celebrations of WorldPride, which are currently underway in the famous Canadian city. The flag sits a top a popular pub in the city known as The Churchmouse.
The idea behind the flag is that it will raise or descend, depending on positive or negative tweets about the LGBT community. Negative makes the flag descend, while positive tweets make the flag raise.
Speaking to the Toronto Star about the flag, one of it’s creators, Patrick Schroen said If anyone says something positive using positive keywords, including LGBT, pride, gay pride, stuff like that – as well as our hashtag [#RaiseThePride] – then the flag moves up.”
The flag can also been seen on RaiseThePride.ca. This is a virtual versions of the flag which moves up and down in real time.
Interestingly, tweets from porn accounts also make the flag move up and down depending on the connotations written in the text.
The President of PFlag, the organisers of the event, Anne Creighton spoke of “It used to be that if you said racist things, people accepted it. Now if you say a racist thing, people get fired.
We need to get there with homophobic language. It needs to be understood that it’s simply not acceptable, because those words have power.”
The WorldPride events take place in Toronto from June 20th to June 29th and include a wedding featuring 200 LGBT couples, speakers from Uganda, with representatives from 40 countries. Ethan Hawke will also be there to discuss homophobia.
Speaking of the event Toronto Deputy-Mayor, Norm Kelly was quoted as saying “From the 1973 inclusion of sexual orientation in our Human Rights Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy to being Canada’s first city to host a same-sex wedding, Toronto has led by example.”
WorldPride continues until June 29th