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.
For more information, see:http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/amazoncoms_epic_fail or support our friends at Join the Impact or GLAAD for more grassroots advocacy against this type of LGBT discrimination.
- CEO, Amazon.com
- Amazon Customer Service
It has come to my attention that you have recently de-ranked books with LGBT content on the pretense that this qualifies as "adult content." At the same time, books about heterosexual porn stars, Playboy centerfolds, and techniques on how to "cure" homosexuality remain ranked.
This inconsistency shows overt discrimination and is unacceptable. It's particularly disappointing coming from a public company that so many people trust, and threatens to permanently tarnish the Amazon brand.
As an Amazon customer, I demand that you end this discrimination immediately. I also call on you to release a transparent set of guidelines on how books are classified so that the reasons behind the changes made are understood and future conflicts and unfair discrimination can be avoided.
I hope to see you resolve this matter soon,
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