Every heard of the bandwagon effect? Primarily it is the phenomenon when people do or follow something primarily because others are doing it and easily disregarding their own thoughts and beliefs to please the crowd. Recently in Washington, USA, same-sex marriage was legalized all over the country marking a new era of change, compassion, understanding and equality. The new right was welcomed with lots of support and love as not only the country itself, but individuals worldwide showed their support for the same. Be it through trends, sponsorship, likes or statuses, almost everyone exhibited positive encouragement. And with every change or news, comes some trend of the social media in support of the cause and to create awareness for the same. For the hash-tag trend, it was “love wins” and for Facebook (specifically what needs to be addressed) was the rainbow-colored profile pictures. Even the tiniest of response is great towards the global reform, but it could also easily sway from a positive reaction into a mindless conduct. In our country, the news was handled quite positively (majority of the people) if the social media channels are to be referred. So, what was the need to mention the ‘Bandwagon Effect’ you think? The need arouse because right now, what you can see is not support or pride, but people following the trend because that’s what everyone else is doing. That’s what the cool people are doing. That’s what the westerners are doing. The reason you opt to change your profile pictures is because you uphold and take pride in the LGBT community and their equality. It also means that you disregard any discrimination or stereotyping of individuals based on their gender or sexuality. Not only this, with the pride encouragement, you also endorse some hope for the LGBT community of your fellow countrymen, who still live with the fear of biases, intolerance and judgment by others. In a country where the laws of Indian Penal Court still upholds the homophobic nature of the nation, and gay shaming is almost a daily occurrence for many, the pride trend is taken in an uncommitted manner. And where was this similar support when more than 10 other countries legalized same-sex marriage before USA, including New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom etc Ergo, next time you decide to follow a trend, especially when concerning sensitive topics like LGBT, contemplate before you choose. Because I really hope that you wholeheartedly support the community, are educated about the various sexuality and genders, never involve yourself in gay shaming even if done without offence, avoid using comments or remarks that could hurt anyone, stand up against any discrimination they face, and lastly, regard them as fellow humans instead of their sexual orientations.