Logo TV to Censor Its Own LGBT Content – for a Cause

Viacom network plans symbolic ban in support of international human rights

Last Updated: June 11, 2016 @ 2:20 PM

The kind of stunts we expect from Logo TV usually involve wigs and lip syncs — but come Monday, the Viacom network will censor its LGBT content in support of human rights.

The channel’s “Day of Disruption” will see digital blurs, black bars and audio beeping of any openly gay figures or pro-LGBT messages. The move is a symbolic gesture for countries where such content is illegal.

“The Day of Disruption will provide a glimpse at what life could be like if you lived in a country where LGBT people can’t turn on the television, open the newspaper, or go to social media to see positive and relatable images,” the network’s mission statement said.

Content affected will be a marathon of the reality competition hit “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” as well as images and video on LogoTV.com, its sister site NewNowNext.com and Logo social channels.

The censorship will begin at 10 a.m. eastern and remain in effect until 9 p.m. Monday, when the network will premiere of “Out of Iraq,” a Logo Documentary Films project that debuted last month at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

The doc follows two men, an Iraqi translator for the U.S. military and an Iraqi soldier, who fall in love despite war and an oppressive political climate.

The Day of Disruption is part of a larger initiative launched in May, the Global Ally Project. Learn more about it here.

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