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In the midst of all the turmoil and sad news this weekend, there was a good amount of joy sparked by three hashtags: #blackboysbreaktheinternet, #blackgirlsbreaktheinternet and now #GaysBreakTheInternet.

Originally started by a young lady named Chris, the purpose of the hashtags was to celebrate beautiful women and men of color. #GaysBreakTheInternet honors the LGBT community, in the aftermath of a massive shooting that took over 50 lives in Orlando.

What’s being recorded as the largest mass killing in this country since 9/11, more information is pouring in about the gunman and other planned shootings at pride events.

But what’s beautiful about social media is that it allows the unspoken to have a voice, spread love and talk about solutions to major issues. Here’s how Twitter users showed self-love through these hashtags:

“We stand with the people of Orlando who have endured a terrible attack on their city,” Obama said at the White House in a news conference on Sunday. “This could have been any one of our cities.”

Adding, “We’ve got work to do when LGBT people around the world still face incredible isolation and poverty and persecution and violence, and even death,” Obama said. “We have work to make sure that every single child, no matter who they are or where they come from or what they look like or how they live, feels welcomed and valued and loved.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Orlando tragedy. We’ll continue to report as more information comes through.

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