Monday, April 13, 2009

Tell Amazon to Stop Discriminating Against LGBT Books

It was recently revealed that Amazon has been stripping the sales rank of gay and lesbian books, labeling them as "adult" content and removing them from search rankings.

At the same time, books about heterosexual porn stars, Playboy centerfolds, and techniques on how to "cure" homosexuality remain ranked.

Please tell Amazon this discrimination is unacceptable and must be stopped immediately, and that as a public company they should release a transparent set of guidelines on how books are classified on the site.

Your change.org email will be targeted to Amazon customer service as well as Jeff Bezos the CEO of the company.

4 comments:

Joe Stahl said...

This is awful. Did Amazon actually state the reason why they classified LBGT books as "adult content?" I feel that this classification makes gay media as grotesque, obscene, and hypersexualized. As a gay man, that makes me feel even more separated from the hetrosexual population than I how I already feel now.

My fellow queers, how are we going to stand up against Amazon? They may hide our books from its customers, but we can't be silent about this snubbing. I would never expect this from Amazon. I have been a good customer to the company over the years. I hope they can get their act together so I can feel better about buying from them in the future.

If anyone knows the progress that has been made on this issue, please let me know how I can join.

WickedGayBlog.com said...

Good news, it was all an error:

http://www.edgenewengland.com/index.php?ch=technology&sc=personal_tech&sc2=&sc3=&id=89580

Queers United said...

Thank you for contacting Amazon.com.

This is an embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error for a company that prides itself on offering complete selection.

It has been misreported that the issue was limited to Gay & Lesbian themed titles - in fact, it impacted 57,310 books in a number of broad categories such as Health, Mind & Body, Reproductive & Sexual Medicine, and Erotica. This problem impacted books not just in the United States but globally. It affected not just sales rank but also had the effect of removing the books from Amazon's main product search.

Many books have now been fixed and we're in the process of fixing the remainder as quickly as possible, and we intend to implement new measures to make this kind of accident less likely to occur in the future.

Thanks for contacting us. We hope to see you again soon.

Lisa said...

Glad to hear it. I was starting to freak out trying to figure out where I would be buying my books now.

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