Instagram Says They Removed a Photo of Two Men Kissing 'By Mistake'

This is the latest in a long line of unfair censorship being experienced by the queer community on social media, which seems to be particularly prevalent on Instagram.

Photo of couple kissing which was removed from Instagram

A new project by photographer Stella Consonni for ID magazine features “a bunch of strangers kissing and languishing in each other’s embraces and lost in a vortex of infatuation.”

One of the photos features Jordan Bowen and Luca Lucifer who have been in a relationship for seven years.

Consonni’s photo of the pair was removed from Instagram for “violating community guidelines”, Gay Times reported.

On his Instagram, Bowen said his relationship of seven years with Lucifer had been “reduced to a Community Guideline”.

“Earlier this was removed from @stellaasiaconsonni and flagged as inappropriate,” he told his followers.

“@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.”

Instagram has now issued an apology and said it was removed by mistake.

A spokesperson said: “This post was removed in error and we are sorry. It has since been reinstated.”

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Consonni responded on her Instagram story: “Thank you for the amazing support that came from so many of you.

“This is just a very teeny tiny event in the grand scheme of things but seeing all the amazing response certainly restored a little of my faith in humanity.”

On the reinstated post she commented on how there is still a long way to go judging by the hateful comments she was seeing on the post.

She continued: “Instagram briefly apologised. But there is still a long way to go in the fight against homophobia. This goes to all my beautiful friends that have to deal with this BS all the time. Keep fighting.”

Queer Censorship Trend Continues

This isn’t the first time Instagram has removed a photo of LGBT+ couples for apparently “violating community guidelines”. Back in March, a gay couple from Madrid were shocked when a photo of them kissing was removed from Instagram.

He later reuploaded the photo including in the caption, “And do not forget anyone: to love is to love independently of the sexual orientation. Let’s see if you denounce it as inappropriate.”


In December, lesbian couple Jane and Veronica were voicing their disbelief when a photo they shared on social media was flagged and removed from the site.

Han pasado 4 meses desde que #yosoloveoamor, inundó las redes, desde que esta foto de #familia se viralizó y recibimos #apoyo de todo el #mundo literalmente, quiero volver a agradeceros todo eso que hicísteis en aquellas tres semanas de auténtica locura, donde después de que volviesen a denunciar el #hashtag hicimos otro #borraigdehomófobos y nuestra lucha se hizo vuestra, y la nuestra de todas esas familias y personas que reciben desprecio, rechazo y odio ante una fobia absurda como esta. Para los que hayáis llegado de nuevos a mi cuenta os explico brevemente que pasó. @dirtybootsandmessyhair compartió nuestra foto. (La primera vez que compartían una foto de una familia homoparental. Recibió tantas denuncias y comentarios homófobos que instagram la eliminó, la página la volvió a subir, e instagram la volvió a eliminar. La página se puso en contacto conmigo para contarme que había pasado, tras su frustración de recibir un mensaje de @instagram donde decían que la quitaban por considerarla inapropiada, volvieron a contestar pidiendo perdón porque había sido un error, pero una vez eliminada la foto no la volvieron a publicar. @dirtybootsandmessyhair . Hoy al publicar la foto de los dos chicos en stories me han mandando varias personas que les había pasado lo mismo, todos personas homosexuales. Pero ¿sabéis para que sirve todo esto? Para ver que el mundo está a favor de la igualdad, que penaliza el odio, y que aunque unas normas borren una foto, hay muchas manos detrás dando visibilidad a lo que unos pocos intentan esconder. "Esto no es ninguna tontería: es un delito. La homofobia está penada y es algo que no se puede consentir" #yosoloveoamor #loveislove #morelovelesshate #love #twomoms #familia #family #onthebed

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The photo (above) depicts the couple with their son Alex, it was shared on several other pages reaching around 200,000 people before it was flagged and removed.

They also reshared the photo including in the caption: “the world is in favour of equality, that it penalizes hatred, and that although some rules delete a photo, there are many hands behind giving visibility to what a few try to hide.”

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