The Dangerous Trend of LGBTQ Censorship on the Internet

From the article:

In October, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that works to defend free speech and user privacy, reported that in recent years “policy restrictions on ‘adult’ content have an outsized impact on LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities.” Over the past few months alone Recon, a fetish dating site for gay men, saw their Youtube temporarily suspended and reinstated only after a Twitter backlash and negative press coverage (this has happened more than once); Naked Boys Reading saw their Facebook page temporarily banned, a decision that was reversed after the organizers accused Facebook of “queer erasure; and many queer YouTubers like Amp Somers of Watts the Safeword, have seen their content flagged and their exposure limited in YouTube’s algorithm.

“When queer youth can’t access sex education and find representation in what they’re being taught, they feel they don’t belong,” Somers told OUT. Watts the Safeword creates lighthearted, non-explicit sex education videos about kink and BDSM. “They feel they aren’t entitled to proper safe forms of sex and will be forced to turn to less trustworthy means of learning about sex.”

In October, Facebook was revealed to be blocking many LGBTQ+ ads as part of its new advertising policy. The company told the Washington Post that many of these blockings were in error, but such errors show problems with algorithms that disproportionately flag queer content. Facebook’s LGBTQ+ record is hardly spotless — queer artists, performers and the trans community have battled its “real name” policy for years.

Source: The Dangerous Trend of LGBTQ Censorship on the Internet

This action by Tumblr isn’t by itself. There has been an internet-wide crackdown on “adult” content, that is also erasing LGBTQ content. It also forces sex workers to have no access to community or safety to congregate and organize. And why do I care about those together? Because there is so much stigma against my own community of transgender individuals that a lot of us end up doing sex work because getting hired is nigh impossible.

I also don’t really think I have ever understood the moral panic about letting two fully consenting adults do what they want to do together, be that paying and providing sexual services, filming sex, or just being all queer in a jolly rainbow of good time.

I feel that Tumblr is a big deal because it was one of the last bastions where you could find queer trans sex. It was the first place I found community with other transgender individuals. It’s the only place I found porn made by transgender people for transgender people.

You certainly cannot find sexual information anywhere else unless you count the endless steaming pile of shit that is the “tranny” or “shamale” porn on regular sites.

Pornhub, Xhamster, XVideo, and all the rest might have a “gay” button you can flip, but I assure you it is still very much straight porn. You can look for trans anything there, but it’s a fetishization of transgender women. Transgender men aren’t don’t even exist at all, which I don’t know if I should be sad or grateful for.

I see again and again, in the transgender communities I frequent a lot of requests by transgender folks and their cisgender partners, asking for information on sex and how to do it respectfully. The best place to see this is in porn created by transgender individuals. That is almost impossible to find, but on Tumblr it was aggregated in transgender tags.

As Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and all the big platforms move to comply with FOSTA/SESTA, they are taking the opportunity to shake off all us dirty queer folks, too, I guess.