Mocking Trump and Putin by suggesting they are gay is a "damaging trend" which needs to stop, LGBT campaigners have said.
The New York Times was criticised this week after it tweeted a cartoon depicting the US and Russian presidents on a date with one another.
It was posted ahead of their meeting in Helsinki on Monday.
Commentators said they were tired of homosexuality being used to mock Trump.
In this episode of Trump Bites, Donald Trump’s not-so-secret admiration for Vladimir Putin plays out in a teenager’s bedroom, where the fantasies of this forbidden romance come to life. https://t.co/cWeQMuzWUz pic.twitter.com/4shBRkloot— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) July 16, 2018
It was immediately met with criticism after it was tweeted.
You’ve done it guys. You’ve saved democracy by saying Trump and Putin are gay for each other. The first 1000 times didn’t work, but your version was the final nail. You have humiliated them out of destroying democracy by saying they are like gay people. The union is safe.— Guy Branum (@guybranum) July 16, 2018
HOMOPHOBIC JOKES: Come over— Adam Moussa (@adamjmoussa) July 16, 2018
WOKE LIBERALS: I can't
HOMOPHOBIC JOKES: You can use the Trump/Putin meeting as a cover to say gay sex is gross
WOKE LIBERALS: pic.twitter.com/XQhjeqGV1h
Among those criticising the New York Times was Brian Sims, a US politician in Philadelphia. He's also an LGBT activist.
He told Newsbeat: "Ultimately, the punch line here is that they're gay and that would infuriate each man because they're homophobic.
@nytimes this isn’t just intensely stupid it’s homophobic as all hell. What on Earth makes you think that equating the love that millions of people across the planet feel for one another to the unconscionably criminal relationship between these two is OK?!? Truly, please explain.— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) July 16, 2018
"Each of them is responsible for anti-LGBT rhetoric and policies, and so the New York Times felt like they'd be madder at the insinuation than the LGBT people whose love and relationships being mocked are."
'This isn't political satire, it's just old-fashioned homophobia'
Kim Sanders, head of media engagement at LGBT charity Stonewall called these jokes "a damaging trend".
"Depicting public figures as gay or bi in an attempt to mock them is a damaging trend that needs to stop," she said.
"These images reinforce a harmful narrative that being LGBT is inferior or something to be ridiculed.
"This isn't political satire, it's just old-fashioned homophobia."
Not just Trump and Putin
Jokes about Trump and other male world leaders have also been met with criticism.
In the run up to Trump's meeting with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un, comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted a mock up of Kim and Kanye's wedding Vogue cover - but with Trump and Kim in their place.
Being gay isn’t a punchline. Find a new joke please. pic.twitter.com/HnKMO2d3Jf— Chris Godfrey (@ChrisPJGodfrey) June 30, 2018