When we hold LGBT rallies and organize marches, sometimes it’s like preaching to the choir. Real change only comes around when the masses get on board. Knowing that simple fact, a new website called Friendfactor is combining the power of celebrity with the reach of social networking to make mainstream support for gay marriage as impossible to ignore as Lady Gaga‘s shoes.
Awesome and hot actress Kristen Bell is one of the latest celebs to become a Friendfactor “friend-setter”; a trendsetter who cares about their gay friends’ rights and ask their other friends to care, too. Bell’s fans cared so much, they crashed the Friendfactor site after her first tweet about it.
AfterEllen: Your first Friendfactor tweet generated such an overwhelming response, it took the site down. How cool is that?
AE: Do you personally know or have any gay, lesbian friends who want to marry, but live in a state where they cannot?
AE: What would Veronica Mars have to say about Friendfactor and its goal?
AE: In other news, we’re excited to see you in House of Lies with Don Cheadle. Can you give us any spoilers or anecdotes about the show?
But I digress.
Friendfactor founder, Brian Elliot, said when he met Kristen and explained Friendfactor, she
In addition to Kristen, Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler and Cynthia Nixon all have Friend-setter pages. Elliot told me his wish list of future Friend-setters includes Lady Gaga, Ellen DeGeneres, Beyonce, Rihanna, Shakira and Sofia Vergara. He already has a friend in Vergara’s Modern Family co-star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who would like to give you the Best. Wedding Gift. Ever.
How awesome is that? It makes me want to marry all you guys.