Of all the offensive shit Tumblr has done to NSFW and adult blogs, this shit right here offends me the most. It offends the righteous fuck out of me.
According to Tumblr, “gay”, “lesbian” and “bisexual” are Adult Material by default. Sorry, gay 12 year old who doesn’t even look at porn. Sorry, average citizen wanting to see how the community is doing. "Gay" now means “unacceptable." Again. No matter how you deport yourself, someone thinks you’re naughty just for being who you are.
This is the reason characters on all-ages media aren’t allowed to be canonically gay even if they never do anything sexual onscreen, and why a fanart of one girl chastely kissing another girl on the lips was declared “too spicy” for Adventure Time. Too spicy? I’ve seen guys and girls playing tonsil hockey and it didn’t inspire that visceral a rejection. This is why marriage ‘defenders’ think the world is going to end when fags can legally wed. They see orientation as interchangeable with outrageous obscenity, and everywhere they turn, the media backs them up.
And now it’s here on Tumblr, that same old family-friendly poison, because god knows families are never gay or lesbian. Only perverts would use those terms to identify themselves.
Don’t rub your filthy mind all over the world and then call it dirty. Jesus wept.
I think the OP is way out of line on this one. The mature content filter blocking things like “gay”, “bisexual” and so on is NOT saying that either is ‘wrong’. I’ll explain why:
You talk about portraying gay characters in tv shows: how do you know that a character is gay in a kids show, for example? You’d only know if they were the flamboyant, sassy-talking stereotype, which I feel perpetuation of is harmful.
If ALL characters in a show were just as average as one another, the only time you’d know if one was gay is if they expressed a sexual preference either visually or verbally in the show. That right there is where the content filter kicks in.
Netflix is the same, only in a different manner. They have a Gay & Lesbian movies section! ALL of the movies in that section seem to be oriented towards viewers who want to watch sex. “Oh, you’re gay? You MUST want to watch this movie with an orgy of men. You go look at this category….”
Hypothetically speaking, Netflix could have made a gay category and put in The Avengers, The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, etc. and they’d be right. Statistically, I’ll bet a whole lot of gay people like those movies simply because they’re really good; but because they don’t explicitly relate to gay sexual activity, they’re not labelled as gay movies.
So it seems to me Tumblr, like many other companies, has made this identification and has acted accordingly. They’re not saying being gay is wrong, they’ve just assumed that those people specifically searching for the tag are wanting something a little more than a picture of two guys holding hands…