celebrating bisexual lives & culture
september 17-23, 2018 - toronto, canada

March 2, 2018 - Instagram Reinstated

A huge thank you to our allies and supporters for keeping the pressure on to reinstate our account. We received an email from the IG support team the morning of March 2nd stating that "the problems accessing our account" had been resolved. The regramm had been deleted and we were free to resume posting.

Feb 28, 2018 - Bi Arts Festival and Instagram

Dear friends and allies,

Today has been a challenging day at Bi Arts Festival HQ. On February 27th, Instagram deleted our account (@biartsfestival) and a year's worth of posts. This note is to update you on the what and why, and to keep you aware on what we can do going forward.

In addition to our annual Festival, throughout the year the Bi Arts Festival organizes events for southern Ontario's bisexual community. Already in 2018, we have started a Bi+ Book Club, and recently we hosted an event to create your unique "vision board' (a collaged visual interpretation of one's hopes and dreams for the coming year, using images and words torn or clipped from magazines.) 

On Tuesday Feb. 27th, 2018 we regrammed (i.e. reposted) D'Arcy L.J. White's vision board that included, in part, a female nude. The original image of the female form came from the magazine Artforum. Within the hour, our entire Instagram account was deleted for being in violation of the Instagram Terms of Service.

Instagram has strict policies on nudity (not allowed!!). They state that they do not allow "photos, videos and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too." The female nude that forms part of D'Arcy's collage is from a painting -- a 2012 Artforum advertisement promoting a gallery show (we hope to identify the original artist shortly and will update the page to reflect their name).

Above - D'Arcy L.J. White's collage, posted on IG and regrammed by the Bi Arts Festival.


Above - Instagram Terms of Service.


As a small arts festival, we depend on Instagram and other social media to share information, build audiences, and showcase the works of bisexual artists, authors, filmmakers and others.

Instagram could have deleted the single post, and issued a warning to us, but instead they deleted and banned our entire account. This not only erases significant bisexual content, but also erases the rich visual history of the Festival.

We feel that the deletion of our account and with it all of our followers, and a year's worth of posts, with no possibility of appeal, was an overreaction on the part of Instagram. One alternative would have been the deletion of that specific image; another would have been a deletion of that image and a warning. Instead they went for a full ban. This is unacceptable and we invite you to join us in reaching to Instagram via twitter, Facebook or on IG itself to demand the reinstatement of our account @biartsfestival.

If you have ideas for how to move forward in appealing, raising awareness, etc. please get in touch by email at

In pride,

Catherine Jones
Founder, Bi Arts Festival