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HubPages Is Homophobic and Discriminates Against LGBTQ Issues
Queer People Left Out In the Cold
We Don't Like Gay Stuff on Hubpages
Did you know that Hubpages refuses to let you earn money from hubs that discuss LGBT topics?
I wrote up an article called The Top Ten Myths About Bisexuality back at the beginning of June, and because it was very article-like, and because I wanted to expand out of Squidoo and start writing more on other sites, I tried to publish it on Hubpages.
Only to be present with a message telling me that ads were automatically disabled because of the topic. Following the link to the FAQ, it tells me that "sexuality... and LGBT issues" are essentially, banned topics. Oh, not outright, because that would be bad. But you certainly aren't allowed to earn any money from them (I had assumed it was a sensitive filter, but B is pretty dang square in the middle of 'lgbt').
How Did I React?
I saw red (and orange and yellow and green and... you get the picture), and promptly moved all of my content to Squidoo, because 1. I'd put a lot of work into that article and wanted it published and hopefully earning me something, and 2. I didn't want it tainted by remaining on, and supporting, Hubpages for a minute longer (I have since joined Zujava, and would have submitted it there instead if I had been a member at the time).
Much later, as in today, I noticed this forum thread over in the Hubpages forums: A hub about homosexuality in animals has ads disabled (I didn't realise it was two months old at the time!). Turns out that I wasn't the only person to be caught offguard by this policy. This also piqued my interest and I did a bit of actual reading of the policies.
Their claim that Google is the reason for certain topics being taboo, specifically LGBT topics, appears deceitful, disgusting and extremely discriminatory. I have never seen this on any other site I have written for (while I'm sure there are others out there that do enforce this, I can't think of any respectable ones). I do know that Adsense can be a bit touchy when it comes to, say, gay/lesbian sex (or books about - which is a much greyer area), but I've never heard of them objecting to everything to do with LGBTQ issues. And frankly, if that's the case, some pushback is well in order.
It is possible that it is entirely Adsense's fault.
Except that neither the TOS nor the Adsense policy refers to LGBT content. In any way. The list of 'Adult' content and specifically objectionable content in the Adsense policy is all referring to explicit/Adult /illegal topics, regardless of the sexes involved.
I was personally disappointed, as I had been planning to start writing seriously on Hubpages. I am sure that they don't care about one person sulking and swearing never to return, but I certainly won't be bothering to come back while this policy remains.
If you wish to contact them yourself, here's the link: Contact Hubpages Support.
HubPages TOS and Google AdSense Content Policies
- Contact HubPages Support: Ads have been disabled on my Hub
- HubPages FAQ: Why were my ads disabled?
" Content about sexuality, including losing your virginity, fetish, or LGBT issues"
- Google Adsense content policy
Who CARES What Gender/Sex They Are?
Why Is This On Hubpages?
Because that's where the people who will actually be directly affected are. Because I'm hoping that Hubpages will go "Whoops! What's THAT doing in there? Sorry guys/girls/whatever!" (Oh, and while they're at it, they could add that 'Q' that seems to have fallen off the end of the LGBT). Also because it is funny.
And if this gets flagged - I've carefully used as few 'OMG SEX' words as possible, so it hasn't actually tripped a filter yet - well, I'll just move it off Hubpages. And snarl vindictively about censorship as I go.