eBay Bans Explicit Content, LGBTQ+ Historians Ring Alarm
A new policy put in place by eBay in May that prohibits the listing of sexually explicit material has led to an outcry from LGBTQ+ historians, archivists, and civil rights leaders due to its impact on the preservation of queer history, particularly that of the leather community and the pre-Stonewall era. While the ban was enacted in May and went into effect in June, the online marketplace is still in the process of ramping up its enforcement. The leather community is one of the groups whose history is under the greatest threat from this new policy, as sexuality is very closely tied to their identity. Magazines such as Drummer, which catered to this demographic, doesn’t meet the bar for acceptance under the policy despite its historical significance.
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