December 28, 2020

Love Wins, Again!

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Yesterday, I posted about Matthew and Paul and how their joint Instagram account was taken down due to homophobia on the platform. Well, I am happy to announce, after 130K shares of the article linked in the last post, they are back up and running! Love wins, again! I guess Instagram will learn next time they try to mess with someone who haw an entire army of people behind them!  

They were also featured in one of my favorite publications, Pink News, as well as Instinct. We are all so happy the guys got their amazing account back. Now, they can get back to posting about love, relationships and being true to yourself. 


Here is what they posted on their Instagram, after it was restored! 

We’re back!! One week ago, our account was disabled for violating Instagram’s terms. What was our violation? “Pretending to be someone else”. Obviously, this is untrue — but it was alarming to see how easily trolls can have an account disabled. ⁣

We work hard to bring quality content to the internet. Not just with our Instagram posts, but the podcast we produce each week. I’m not gonna lie, it’s disheartening to be targeted by hateful people. They’re not just attacking the two of us, but our entire community.⁣

As gay men, we are often left wondering “was this an act of homophobia?” And, unfortunately, I think that’s a question gay people confront all the time. ⁣

Did that cop pull us over because of the rainbow bumpersticker? Was the laughter from that passing car preceded by a gay joke? Was that picture or video removed because it featured same-sex affection?⁣

And in our case: Was our entire account disabled because it promotes a healthy, loving gay relationship? Are there people out there who fear positive gay role models? This week, we have learned the answer is an unequivocal “Yes”. This is not the first time we have had to deal with this, and it certainly wont be the last. ⁣

That’s because homophobia is alive and well. In fact, it’s thriving. Which really only bolsters our desire to create more positive gay content. ⁣

In the week since this happened, we have learned that thousands of LGBTQ+ creators were targeted just like we were. And, sadly, many of them don’t have the platform we have, nor the ability to contact journalists and reporters (and get a response.)⁣

Thank you, Trolls, for reminding us why we continue to fight for the rights and visibility of LGBTQIA+ people. We are a strong and resilient community. Your light will slowly dim, and ours will burn ever-brighter. You will never outlast us. ⁣

Love. Always. Wins. -Matthew and Paul xx⁣


Lets make sure thisi never happens again! Whether to Matthew and Paul or any other LGBTQ content creator on any platform! 

December 26, 2020

Instagram Is Targeting LGBTQ Accounts...And It Needs To Stop!

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    At the start of this pandemic, I discovered two of the most real, sincere and amazing men. Their names are Matthew Olshefski and Paul Castle. Matthew is a classically trained violinist, who you can find on YouTube, Instagram, and on your music apps as The Shirtless Violinist. Paul is an astounding artist, who happens to have just 15% of his vision left, as a result of a rare eye condition. You can see and purchase his adorable and whimsical art on Etsy

    In April, they launched their podcast, His & His Podcast. Their podcast has reached all corners of the world and has even helped a lot of people in their own personal lives. As well as this, they have created a community of friends, who may otherwise had never met. Along with the podcast, they created a joint Instagram account, entitled Matthew And Paul. In this account, they posted their own stories, asked questions and posted fun stories during their every day lives. 


    Sadly, in a recent targeting of the LGBTQ community on Instagram, their account was flagged as "pretending to be someone else" and suspended. This has not just happened to them, but many other LGBTQ content creators. 

    These creators have spend months, and even years, creating content that reaches out to diverse audiences and has the potential to help millions of people. 

    Please share this post, or this article, to bring awareness to this! Instagram needs to cease targeting LGBTQ and being homophobic. This is should not be their agenda. They leave posts and accounts that are racist, homophobic, misogynist, and downright disgusting, and target those that create wholesome content. 

Along with this article, here are some useful hashtags you can use, to make sure your post reaches as many people as it possibly can! 

#lgbtq #gaylife #gaylove #gaycouple#gay #gayhusbands #paulcastlestudio#TheShirtlessViolinist#MatthewOlshefski #hisandhispodcast#gaystagram #lovewins#lovewinsrainbow #Instagram#matthewandpaul #stophate #lovehim#husbandandhusband #loveislove#gaystagram #husbands #queerlove#gaycouple #gayhusbands#gaylovestories #gay #instagood#gayguy #marriageequality #gaylove#gaylife    

Along with this, you can reach Matthew and Paul on these social media sites: 

Matthew And Paul Facebook

Matthew And Paul Twitter

Matthew Instagram

Matthew Twitter 

Matthew Facebook

Paul Instagram

Paul Twitter

Paul Facebook

Matthew And Paul Tik Tok

His & His Podcast

December 22, 2020

My Year Of iTunes

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My Year Of Spotify

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My year of Spotify



 

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