On Friday, Facebook rejected an ad (pictured above) from the GLBT Historical Society seeking volunteers for the Folsom Street Fair (FSF) held in September, that caps San Francisco’s “Leather Pride Week “as being too “graphic”
Censored by Facebook: When we tried to purchase a Facebook ad today soliciting volunteers for the Folsom Street Fair, we were rejected outright. We’re posting the graphic here so our supporters can see it for themselves.
According to the automated reply from Facebook, we can’t use this image for advertising because it features “excessive amounts of skin or suggestive content. Facebook does not allow images that depict people in explicit or suggestive positions, or images that show nudity or cleavage….”
Our executive director, Terry Beswick, responded by submitting an appeal with the following comment: “This is an ad for a world famous street fair and charity event. There is no sex in this ad. Blocking this ad is absurd and discriminatory. Are we living in the 1800s?”
How can you help us overcome this suppression of our queer-positive, kink-friendly and perfectly appropriate ad? By sharing it as widely as possible — and by encouraging your Bay Area friends to volunteer for the Folsom Street Fair and designate The GLBT Historical Society as their charity. Here’s where to sign up:
This is not the first time Facebook has blindly censored innocuous LGBT content.
Since its inception the Folsom Street Fair has raised and donated over 6 million dollars to charities. The Folsom Street Fair organization also now donates three times as much to LGBT charities than SF Gay Pride does.
Read the history of The Folsom Street Fair HERE