Logo’s Day Of Disruption Draws Attention To LGBT Censorship Around The World

Imagine living in a country where representations of LGBT were banned.

On October 11, Logo will launch a Day of Disruption, drawing attention to the millions of people who live in countries where LGBT news, stories and advocacy is forbidden, by censoring a marathon of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8, starting at 6am ET.

Digitally, NewNowNext and Logo’s social media platforms will also be censored, and LGBT personalities—including Gus Kenworthy, JD Samson, Candis Cayne, Trace Lysette and Jason Collins—will appear on the network throughout the day to discuss the plight of people living in the 72 countries where being gay is criminalized.

Viewers are encouraged to show solidarity by “disrupting” their own social media.

Part of Logo’s Global Ally campaign, the Day of Disruption takes place National Coming Out Day, which is normally dedicated to living openly.

This year, though, Logo is flipping the script and offering a glimpse at what life is like in places where LGBT people can’t turn on a television, open a newspaper, or go to social media to see positive and relatable images.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.