There has been outrage after an innocent photo of a gay couple kissing was removed from the site – just one week before London’s Pride Week!
Jordan Bowen who is based in London has reported that social media giant Instagram has removed a photo in which he is kissing his partner, Luca.
The photo was removed from the photographer’s account, @stellaasiaconsonni. It was part of an ongoing project about love that Stella plans to exhibit later in the year.
Jordan said that Instagram cited a “violation of community standards” as the reason for the censorship and he has since uploaded the image on his personal account.
*VIOLATES COMMUNITY GUIDELINES* My relationship of seven years with @iamlucalucifer reduced to a Community Guideline. Earlier this was removed from @stellaasiaconsonni and flagged as inappropriate. @instagram spoon feeds us with rainbows and hashtags to appear in solidarity but it seems real people in love have no place here. this is discriminatory and archaic and violates our right as a couple. Please help us share and put this right. Oh and #happypride everyone. xxx jb @jordanluca_official #pride 🌈
Jordan and Luca are long-term life partners who work in the fashion industry and have their own brand.
“DEAR FRIENDS WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
INSTAGRAM DECIDED THAT THE PICTURE OF ME AND JORDAN KISSING FULLY DRESSED AND IN A 7 YEARS RELATIONSHIP, IN AN INTERVIEW THAT TALKS ABOUT LOVE IS AGAINST INSTAGRAM RULES AND GOT REMOVED FROM THE I-D PHOTOGRAPHER PAGE.
STILL UP ON MY PERSONAL INSTAGRAM AND LET’S SEE FOR HOW LONG,” Luca wrote on Facebook.
A furious user commented:
@jazbazmaz: “Disgusting behaviour @instagram I am totally shocked at this anytime and during pride month with your lip service rainbow hashtags etc. I’m offended so deeply to the core. LGBTIQ people are not marketing tools for you to exploit and invalidate at your at your whim with only corporate gain as your interest. These are real people with real lives that have struggled to be recognised and treated equally. Love is love. Change your attitude immediately.”
Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and other social media is where a lot of gay kids turn to when they can’t be accepted for their sexuality where they live, lgbtq+ accounts are there to support these people, to let them know they’re loved, no matter what; and for Instagram workers to just delete everything they see that doesn’t contain a straight couple, gives a message to people that you won’t be supported anyway, even on social media.
Update: July 2, 2018: Instagram has formally offered an apology for the photo removal incident. See this Pink News story