Gay Pride Parade 2013: Mark Zuckerberg And Facebook Celebrate In San Francisco

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Mark Zuckerberg and several Facebook employees joined the 2013 Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco today to celebrate the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop. 8.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook employees have been seen at the Gay Pride parade for the last several years but the 2013 parade will be a little different. Nearly 15% of the staff (over 700 employees) and Mark Zuckerberg will be joining in the festivities this year.

After the Supreme Court overturned Prop. 8 earlier this week, Facebook posted a message in its newsroom talking about the LGBT community’s impact on the social networking world. According to Facebook, about 70% of users have at least one friend who identifies themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. The website also found that the words “DOMA,” “struck down,” “prop 8” and “unconstitutional had huge spikes, (nearly 60,000% in some cases) after the Supreme Court’s ruling.

The website also noted that celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga, Ben Affleck and George Takei posted supportive messages after the ruling.

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In addition to joining revelers at the gay pride parade, Facebook also unfurled a giant rainbow banner on its Menlo Park campus and added a rainbow ring to its company logo.


Facebook, of course, isn’t the only silicon valley giant to celebrate gay pride this year. Google recently unveiled a rainbow Easter Egg for users searching for the term “gay” and also held an ice cream social featuring treats from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck.

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