The hashtag “trans rights are human rights” noticed an enormous surge in reputation throughout 2020. (Chesnot/Getty)
The hashtag “trans rights are human rights” noticed an enormous surge in use on Twitter throughout 2020, the social media platform has revealed.
Twitter has launched particulars of the most-tweeted hashtags, trends and topics all through 2020 – and the statistics level to a rising consciousness of trans rights.
Social media is usually a poisonous house for trans individuals, with an unlucky lot utilizing their on-line platforms to direct hate and discrimination in direction of marginalised teams, however the statistics counsel a rising variety of persons are ready to talk out in assist of trans rights.
In response to statistics launched by Twitter, the hashtag “trans rights are human rights” noticed a 557 per cent rise when in comparison with the yr earlier than, making it the fastest-growing LGBT+ hashtag.
There was additionally a dramatic surge within the variety of individuals utilizing the rainbow emoji – generally utilized by the LGBT+ group as a logo of Delight – with a 20 per cent rise.
The hashtag “trans lives matter” elevated in utilization by 113 per cent. Equally, “all Black lives matter”, which is usually used to indicate assist for LGBT+ Black individuals who generally discover themselves left on the margins of public dialogue, grew 112 per cent.
The hashtag “Black trans lives matter” additionally elevated dramatically in utilization in 2020, going up by 108 per cent, whereas the hashtag “LGBTQ” elevated by 49 per cent in utilization.
Unsurprisingly, essentially the most used hashtag on Twitter in 2020 was “COVID-19”, with “Black Lives Matter” coming in second and “keep residence” in third.
Essentially the most-liked and retweeted tweet of the yr was the tragic information that Chadwick Boseman had died following a prognosis of most cancers, shared on 29 August from the late actor’s Twitter account.
It was a troublesome yr for trans individuals on Twitter.
The statistics come on the finish of a difficult yr for transgender individuals in on-line areas, notably on Twitter.
Quite a few high-profile customers have used the platform to air undesirable views on trans lives, most notably Harry Potter writer JK Rowling.
Rowling’s feedback on Twitter had been gleefully welcomed by anti-trans campaigners, who started utilizing the hashtag “I stand with JK Rowling”.
Elsewhere, Father Ted author Graham Linehan, who has positioned himself as one of the vital strident and vocal anti-trans campaigners, was suspended from Twitter in June following “repeated violations” of guidelines “in opposition to hateful conduct and platform manipulation”.