Rolling Stone: Why Did Instagram Confuse These Ads Featuring LGBTQ People for Escort Ads?. “On Tuesday, a thread from Salty, a newsletter and digital publication aimed at women, transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people, started circulating on Twitter. The thread called out Instagram for banning six ads featuring transgender and non-binary people of color. Instagram’s reasoning: the ads in question promoted escorting services, they said, a violation of the platform’s terms of service. There was just one problem with this argument — none of them were sex workers.”
Philadelphia Gay News: Digital LGBTQ archive launches, with corporate help. “The project’s ultimate goal is the digital centralization of LGBTQ materials currently housed in dozens of archives, libraries and museums across the country. Items to be digitized run the gamut of historical artifacts, from photographs, letters and video clips to posters, visual art and historical records. Big-hitting acquisitions include memorabilia from the Stonewall Riots, whose 50th anniversary was marked by numerous events late last month.” The archive is set to launch next year.
Gaystar News: Record your journey to Pride in London and you could end up in a museum. “Today we are beginning to put the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary people and our allies back at the centre of how we talk about human history as a whole. Part of this is making sure we are recording our lives here and now. History doesn’t have to mean ancient. A photograph from yesterday is every bit as much a part of history as an old pot from 300BC! Moreover, museums aren’t static, they must keep collecting things from today so we can record our lives and experiences for future generations.” I know it’s July and Pride month was last month, but Pride in London takes place on July 6.
Qweerist: Award-winning filmmakers launch LGBTQ+ short film streaming platform to ‘entertain and inform’. “QueerBee is a high-quality online collection of hand-picked LGBTQ+ independent short films of all genres for all ages. With the lack of authentic LGBTQ+ storylines in the mainstream media, QueerBee showcases queer stories and talent that otherwise go underrepresented.” Not free, but not ridiculous either – it’s £3.99 a month (just over $5.00 USD.)
Cornell Chronicle: Stonewall anniversary inspires digitized postcard collection. “Postcards from the past can deliver important lessons for the present, according to Brenda Marston, curator of the Cornell Human Sexuality Collection. Through a grants program, she collaborated with faculty members in digitizing early-20th century postcards of cross-dressers in Europe and the United States as an important resource for scholars of gender and sexuality studies, performance studies, language and literature.”
Adweek: Free the Bid Expands Its Advocacy, Aiming to Diversify All Aspects of Filmmaking. “Free the Bid, founded in 2016 by Alma Har’el, with the initial intention of getting more women directors in advertising assignments, has launched a new discovery service. Free the Work seeks to increase the number of women, trans identifying, non-binary and underrepresented creators involved in all aspects of filmmaking.”
Refinery29: 8 Queer History & Culture Instagrams To Follow Right Now. “There are dozens of Instagram accounts dedicated to honoring our LGBTQ+ heroes and preserving queer histories, and what better time to follow them that pride month? Some of them are serious archives, which urge us to remember the protests and fights that helped to get close to LGBTQ+ equality, others are just a bit of camp fun… and some are even forging real-world relationships and communities for their users offline.”