Instagram apologized after removing a photo featuring two men kissing for “violating community guidelines.”
The image, by London-based photographer Stella Asia Consonni, was featured on the cover of i-D magazine and showed Jordan Bowen and Luca Lucifer, a couple of 7 years, having a kiss.
Consonni said she received hate mail after posting the photo: “I am receiving many hate messages, saying that it’s disgusting and that I should kill myself for posting that.”
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My new project on @i_d ! words by @georgie_wright_ thanks to @becca_bw ❣️ here @mrjordanbowen and @iamlucalucifer being cute for me *UPDATE* Link in bio ⬆️ IG apologised for taking the picture down but there is still a long way to go to fight homophobia – judging also from the hate comments below
The photo was reinstated, but only after protest from high-profile British musicians Years & Years’ frontman Olly Alexander and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall
Wrote Instagram to the photographer: “This post was removed in error and we are sorry. It has since been reinstated.