Photo: Miley Cyrus Gay Rights Tattoo - Story of the Symbol
On July 31st all the web was abuzz with the news of the new ink sported by Miley Cyrus.
The tattoo fits on the side of her ring finger. An amazingly big story for a ridiculously small tattoo.
Why was the story so big? It had to do with gay marriage. As anyone who follows Miley knows, her support for gay marriage is not something she is ashamed to talk about.
Miley sent a tweet of a picture of the tattoo along with the statement, "All LOVE is equal."
As fans and people who are not-so-much-fans disagreed with her and did so via twitter she would eventually reply to one with, "where does it say in the bible to judge others? Oh right. It doesn't. GOD is the only judge honey. 'GOD is love.'"
When I first saw the tattoo it appeared to me to be simply two parallel lines. Being somewhat out of the loop I could not really figure out why two parallel lines was symbolic of gay marriage or gay rights.
Only upon doing a research did I discover that the lines were actually an equal sign. Suddenly, it started to make sense.
I could find at least two organizations that used the symbol.
The first is The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby out of New South Wales. They adopted the symbol no later than 2007 and used it in their All Love is Equal campaign. I find it difficult to believe that Ms. Cyrus is actively involved in this group out of New South Wales but there seems to be a direct connection between the symbol and the name of the campaign.
It is also the symbol used by the Human Rights Campaign. This is the United States largest LGBT advocacy group with over a million members.
Like Matt Damon who recently made news with his support for teachers, when Miley Cyrus says something people listen. I think we should expect much more in the future from Miley Cyrus as long as the message she wishes to send will find an audience that is willing to listen.