The NationStates #LoveIsLove Campaign
On June 12, 2016, a radical, homophobic gunman carried out the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States, killing 50 people and injuring 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This was the deadliest attack on LGBT+ people in U.S. history. Following this terrorist attack, the hashtag #LoveIsLove began trending on social media as people around the world used that hashtag to mourn those who were lost, to celebrate the courageous lives of the dead and the injured, and to demand a world in which love of all kinds is cherished rather than persecuted.
The NationStates #LoveIsLove Campaign is a way for the NationStates community to participate in this global outpouring of grief, remembrance, and demand for justice. Regions and nations can get involved in the NationStates #LoveIsLove Campaign by doing some or all of the following until June 28, the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall protests against police persecution of LGBT+ people in New York City, which marked the birth of the modern LGBT+ equality movement in the United States.
1. Pin this dispatch to your World Factbook Entry.
2. Feature rainbow coloring and/or the hashtag #LoveIsLove in your WFE.
3. Change your regional flag to a rainbow or other LGBT+ pride flag or use a rainbow filter on your existing flag.
4. Add the LGBT tag to your region to proudly declare that your region is welcoming to LGBT+ people.
5. Send a region-wide telegram to your region to let them know about the NationStates #LoveIsLove Campaign and link to this dispatch.
1. Up-vote this dispatch to spread the word.
2. Make #LoveIsLove your national motto and/or incorporate it into other customizable fields.
3. Change your national flag to a rainbow or other LGBT+ pride flag or use a rainbow filter on your existing flag.
4. Use either a custom or game-created banner that celebrates LGBT+ lives and love as your primary banner.
5. Post on your Regional Message Board to let your regionmates know about the NationStates #LoveIsLove Campaign and link to this dispatch.
So often after tragedies like these, many of us feel helpless and wonder what we can do about the state of our world and the hatred embraced by people who would prefer to destroy diversity rather than respect it. Nothing we can do will bring back the people lost in Orlando, but we can honor their memories and celebrate the bravery of LGBT+ people all over the world who bravely stare down the threat of systematic oppression, violence, and even death, on a daily basis, and defy it. One voice may seem small, but one voice added to a worldwide chorus can make the world listen.