Creative users of online communities like Second Life are protesting the election of President Trump with specially created avatars as part of the 'Avatars Against Trump' Flickr Group.
The group was started by Second Life fashion blogger Strawberry Singh and Cajsa Lilliehook, who calls it "fun virtual resistance." The group is open to anyone who plays online games where you can create content like characters or artistic scenes.
"Virtual communities help us escape the boundaries of geography, location, disability... and any of us can login and do our part," Singh tells Motherboard. She blogs about the fashion in Second Life.
The creator of Second Life, Linden Lab, made its feelings on the Trump Administration clear in a recent statement.
"We at Linden Lab are extremely disappointed in and adamantly opposed to Trump’s recent executive order on immigration. We reject racism, intolerance, and xenophobia," it said. "Trump’s order is counter to what we value and antithetical to American ideals. We join the many voices calling on the US government to remove this restriction as quickly as possible and to refrain from imposing additional barriers that threaten opportunities for immigrants, under-represented minorities, and women."
Second Life has long been a place where people could express political ideas through the virtual world. The 'Second Life Obama for President' group held a rally for Obama at a recreation of Capitol Hill and in 2009 real-world conflict caused virtual conflict in Second Life's version of Israel.
Wagner James Au, author of The Making of Second Life: Notes From The New World, encouraged the founders of 'Avatars Against Trump.'
"When I was the 'embedded journalist' in Second Life for Linden Lab, one of the first installations that users built was a carnival promoting marijuana legalization, including a roller coaster-type ride in a giant bong," he says.
"When Second Life launched in 2003, one of the first community controversies was a virtual battle provoked over disagreements about the war in Iraq. 10 years ago, there was another virtual battle over France's Front National building an official HQ in Second Life. So really, this Trump protest is just the latest example in virtual world political protest."
You can read more about all these political battles on his blog.
There are more than 70 images contributed to the 'Avatars Against Trump' group already, expect that number to grow as word spreads through gaming's online communities. Here are a few notable pictures from the collection.