I'm sure many of you have heard the news that Amazon.com recently reclassified virtually all gay-themed books as "adult." This eliminated them from the bestseller lists and in some cases disabled search. They have claimed (contrary to prior communications with customers) that this is a software "glitch."
I can accept this explanation, but the sales rank issue is not the only anti-gay part of Amazon. Did you know that Amazon's "search suggestions" feature is completely disabled for searches using "gay" or "lesbian" as their first word?
Normally Amazon shows you suggestions as you type characters in the search box. For example if you type "Christian m" you will see a list of suggestions including "Christian marriage". You don't have to type the full search, just select from the suggestions.
If you try this same search by typing "gay m" you get nothing. Unlike the term "Christian", the word "gay" just shuts off the search suggestions feature completely. Same for "lesbian."
If you type the search characters "hustler" you get plenty of search suggestions, including some I can't print here since this is a family blog. Clearly, the issue isn't adult topics... it's anti-gay prejudice, and it's not a glitch. (Go to the Amazon Web site and try this out yourself.)
I'm mulling over what I should do to convince Amazon to quit suppressing gay and lesbian search terms. Any suggestions?