We've seen this week that life can be tough for some LGBT youth who face bullying and harassment. But every October 11, LGBT adults and their straight allies celebrate "National Coming Out Day" as a way of helping create an atmosphere where fewer and fewer gay and lesbian youth -- and adults -- feel they need to hide who they really are.
And this year, advocates are encouraging people to use their facebook/myspace/twitter/whatever profile photos to spread the message. Called "Count Me Out," the campaign is a way for gays, lesbians, and their straight allies to "donate" their social media presence for quality.
So how do you make the switch? It's as simple as following the steps below:
- Go to http://www.pixlr.com/editor/
- Select "Open image from computer" or "Open image from URL"
- Select your image
- In the bar at the top of the website click on "Adjustment"
- It will open a drop-down menu. Select the option at the very bottom "Color Lookup"
- It will open a selection of colors. Select the rainbow image (the fourth option)
- Click on the letter "A" on the tool bar located on the left side of the website
- Then click anywhere on the image, opening a text menu box.
- Type "OUT" or "ALLY," select a font you like best, in either black or white
- Click on the arrow symbol at the top-right of the tool bar, then click on the word "OUT" or "ALLY" to move it into your desired position on the image.
- Click on "File" at the very top left corner of the website.
- It will open a drop-down menu. Click "Save."