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How to turn on the rainbow flag Facebook reaction

It isn't automatic – you have to do something to turn it on.

You might have noticed a colorful new reaction on Facebook: a wavy rainbow flag.

Facebook added the reaction in recent days as a way to celebrate LGBT Pride Month – but you don't get it automatically. You have to manually enable it.

So how do you do it? It's pretty simple.

Just go to the LGBTQ Facebook page and like it.

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Once you do, you'll see the rainbow flag when you hover over the reaction options.

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Facebook says it's a way to "express your pride" about a post.

The additional reactions – like, love, haha, wow, sad and angry – were introduced last February. Don't be surprised to see Facebook play with more limited-time reactions (or new permanent ones) in the future.

More options for LGBT Pride Month

Facebook also added new Pride-themed masks and frames to its stories camera, allows you to add a rainbow flourish to your profile pic, and is encouraging people to raise money for a cause or show support with the #KindComments hashtag on Instagram (which Facebook owns).

LGBT Pride Month is held every June, the Library of Congress says, in honor of the 1969 Stonewall riots. That's when police raided a gay nightclub in New York City, leading to a riot in the streets by frustrated community members.

About 10 million Americans identify as LGBTQ, Gallup found in a poll this year. That's about 4.1 percent of the country, and up from 8.3 million in 2012.

Young people make up the biggest share of that: 7.3 percent say they identify as LGBTQ – way higher than any other age group.

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