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YouTube Has Blood On Its Hands And They Don’t Fucking Care

‪When I was a kid I felt I deserved to be mistreated because I was gay. This had a lot to do with me not seeing grown gay people standing up for themselves — and it wasn’t safe to.‬

‪So when you see me fighting now, it’s not about winning.‬

‪I’m reclaiming myself, and all the years.‬

After over a full year of this super intense, targeted harassment campaign against me by the since-banned Reddit trolls, every single tech company has intervened except for YouTube, which just this week let us know they will not be taking action to protect me on their platform.

The teams at YouTube have all the facts, covered extensively everywhere from People Magazine to gay blogs, to the official Reddit blog itself. This situation caused Reddit to change their entire harassment policy, yet YouTube would still rather get paid for the clicks than help. More on that setup HERE.

The safety team at Reddit, which had previously been the garbage fire of the internet, said it best in their post about why they intervened: “Ban evaders (and others up to no good) often work across platforms, and so it’s important for those of us in the industry to also share information when we spot these types of coordinated campaigns.”

Yet, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s teams at YouTube refuse to look at the big picture and have sided with the content creators (trolls) whose entire goal in mocking me for my past mental health struggles, discrediting my career, publishing lies about crimes I’ve never committed, and attempting to dangerously “out” people in my private life for being gay, is to drive me to suicide — something they have stated plainly throughout this process as their end goal in torturing me.

YouTube’s charming clickbait algorithm serves up these videos, intended to organize troll narratives and coordinate these attacks across platforms, while also allowing these troll YouTube creators to monetize the abuse, to anyone who watches my music videos or searches my name. None of it is true, and all of it is meant to diminish, intimidate, cyberstalk and harass me, as part of this larger targeted abuse campaign.

No one should have to endure what I have over the past 18 months since this latest wave of homophobic hate and attempts to destroy me, my career and my reputation, began. Wikipedia locked the Logan Lynn article down FOR THIS VERY REASON. Facebook jumped in to help and removed all of the fake profiles and instances where even these exact videos that YouTube refuses to remove were posted on their platform and on Instagram. Twitter Support jumped in and banned these users from harassing me or posting these videos on their platform, too.

It is ONLY YouTube who refuses to do anything about their piece of this mess, and it’s absolutely disgusting — especially in light of their recent announcements and the positive PR they’ve received for supposedly updating their harassment policies to also include public figures. The reality is, it’s all for show. They have no intention of actually making YouTube safer for anyone, because clicks are clicks and ad revenue is ad revenue.

To anyone who could possibly help me over at YouTube and Google: I am literally begging you to just be as decent as Reddit. That’s a VERY low bar, and one you should be trying to hit.

This right here is a twisted business model:

Removing a handful of comments encouraging me to commit suicide under the videos, but leaving the actual videos where the trolls are organizing and amplifying those exact narratives and comments as their larger online abuse strategy misses the mark of community safety completely.

The Logan Lynn Reddit page got banned and shut down because these YouTube users and their troll friends took it over — an exact directive from one of the many videos we have reported on YouTube over the past year, encouraging viewers to find me on other sites to bully and harass me.

As far as my team, attorney, and management is concerned, the careless, irresponsible Executive Team at YouTube is solely responsible for the torture at this point because you continue to protect and promote the abuse as “content”. This is ALL on you. What you’re doing is dangerous and wrong.

The only thing we have ever asked of YouTube is that they actually take a look at the larger context of this well-documented trolling and stop allowing the pieces that only YouTube can stop, just as Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, Instagram and all other platforms have done.

PLEASE HELP ME.

National Council Interview with Logan Lynn About Music, Mental Health, and Portugal. The Man Out Today

The National Council interviewed me for a story they published today about music, mental health and this month’s Portugal. The Man tour. Read it over on the National Council blog HERE, or keep reading below for the transcript.

From the National Countil: (8/10/18)

Singing to a Different Tune: How Logan Lynn Breaks Stigma With Music

Logan Lynn sometimes has unspeakable thoughts.

The versatile artist, whose music career has spanned more than 20 years, will often experience moments when he can’t quite communicate what he’s thinking, how he feels or why he feels it. It’s can be a paralyzing and terrifying conundrum, and one that is far too familiar to the millions of people like him who experience depression.

“My depression feels, at times, so great that I can’t even find words to tell someone how I’m feeling … but my pen usually seems to still work,” said Lynn, who has lived experience managing depression, addiction and suicidal ideation. Read the rest of this entry »

Logan Lynn and Portugal. The Man Feature Story on Track Record Mexico

From Track Record MX: (7/13/18)

Portugal. The Man en defensa de la salud mental y “despertar conciencias

La banda estadounidense colaborará con la campaña Keep Oregon Well.

Luego de un año activo en el que Portugal. The Man ha estado de gira promocionando Woodstock, su más reciente álbum de estudio, la banda estadounidense ha decidido integrarse a Keep Oregon Well, campaña pública en defensa de la salud mental y “despertar conciencias” dirigida por Logan Lynn, músico conocido por su activismo social.

De acuerdo con un comunicado compartido por Billboard, el líder de Portugal. The Man, John Gourley, la inmersión en los temas de salud mental es parte de la banda: “la salud mental es un asunto personal para nosotros. Como músicos que viajamos constantemente, el cuidado propio puede romperse rápidamente en el camino”.

Portugal. The Man, el éxito mediático y Keep Oregon Well

La banda originaria de Portland, Oregon, consiguió el éxito mediático gracias a “Feel It Still”, sencillo principal de Woodstock, lanzado el año pasado, que superó sus expectativas y se convirtió en la canción número uno en 18 países a lo largo del 2017. En enero, la canción se llevó el Grammy por Mejor Dúo Pop e Interpretación Grupal.

Por su parte, la fundación Keep Oregon Well es un proyecto de la organización Mental Health Matters que busca ser un “movimiento social” diseñado para “reducir los estigmas” que existen en torno a la salud mental y el comportamiento, según su página oficial. Su propósito es “crear una comunidad informada sobre la existencia de traumas mentales y dar la oportunidad de aprender más sobre la salud mental y al mismo tiempo apoyar a aquellos que luchan por mantenerla”.

En 2014, Logan Lynn, que ha trabajado para bandas como The Dandy Warhols, fundó la campaña después de intentar suicidarse: “como un sobreviviente, sé lo importante que es no sentirse solo. Los estigmas existen porque gente nos ha hecho sentir que los retos mentales y de comportamiento son defectos personales y no lo ven como cualquier otra condición médica. Si te rompes el brazo mañana, ¿te sentirías avergonzado?”, señaló en el comunicado.

Después de pasar tiempo en rehabilitación por problemas de adicción al crack y el intento de suicidio, Lynn también ha dedicado su labor como músico a enfrentar la discriminación contra la comunidad LGBTTTI.

“No dejaré de hacer este trabajo hasta que la última parte de la vergüenza que hace que personas como yo no busquemos ayuda, se vaya”, expresa Lynn. Por su lado, Gourley señaló que la alianza con Keep Oregon Well pretende también inspirar a sus fans para apoyar a la causa, o bien, buscar ayuda si es que lo requieren.

Beyond Well: Radical Inclusion and the Mental Health Matters Movement

Hello Keep Oregon Well Community!

Since developing and launching the Keep Oregon Well: Mental Health Matters advocacy platform back in 2014, I have had the great pleasure of watching this big dream for the world transform into a bonafide social movement, thanks to all of you.

The Mental Health Matters network reaches over 1.5 million Oregonians every week through media, partnerships, supporters and spokespeople. Now in our 4th year, Keep Oregon Well continues to grow and expand the movement’s reach, engaging new voices, schools, partners and communities each step of the way.

As a survivor of early childhood sexual abuse myself, I have struggled with persistent suicidal ideation for as long as I can remember. There are still days where I do not want to live…but over the years I have found healing in my life. I see a future for myself now, and I am able to stay connected to that future, even during the inevitable hopeless times. This healing has come by way of massive waves of compassion from others, professional opportunities which have allowed me to cultivate personal safety and a feeling of self-worth, and a team of people who a decade ago convinced me to interact with and, ultimately, speak this big, scary truth about my experience in the world. That truth — hard as it may seem — has been an agent of change in my life since the moment I first allowed myself to really look at it. Read the rest of this entry »

Logan Lynn Speaking at Keep Oregon Well Event in Portland November 1st

Logan Lynn Keep Oregon Well Event

Portland! I will be speaking about my own mental health and recovery journey at this Keep Oregon Well event with Portland Community College on November 1st in PDX.

It’s free and open to the public. Click HERE to RSVP.

See you there!

WATCH: Logan Lynn’s #NatCon17 Appearances and Performance at the National Council Awards of Excellence (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

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I had one of the most magical moments of my life and career this past week with the National Council in Seattle. It was a whirlwind of inspiration and recognition and I’m moved beyond words. (Which I realize is complicated in a written post like this. ha!)

Here’s the good news: Keep Oregon Well and Flawless Foundation partnered all throughout #NatCon17 and they have words about it, which were just published last night on the Keep Oregon Well blog. What they wrote absolutely captures the spirit of the week, so I have included it below instead of trying to re-capture it myself. Lots of cute, supportive Tweets at the bottom of the page. OMG.

Thank you again to the National Council! My heart is full.

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From Keep Oregon Well and Flawless Foundation: (4/6/17)

This week, the brainchild behind Keep Oregon Well and our very own Chief Impact Officer, Logan Lynn, was called on to share his many talents at the National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference, #NatCon17. First, he brought his expertise in community engagement to a panel discussion, “Health Systems Partnering with Communities for Whole Health,” and led a Facebook Live Q&A aftershow with his fellow presenters which, as of publishing this post, has already been viewed over 30,000 times on our Facebook page alone! Then, at the 2017 Awards of Excellence show Tuesday night, Logan was honored by the National Council for the positive impact he has made through Excellence in Artistic Expression and topped off the evening with a live performance of his new song, “Big City Now”.

Watch our Facebook Live video of Logan Lynn’s acceptance speech and performance:

As he shared during the panel, Logan brings a history of lived experience with mental health struggles and substance use challenges to his work with Read the rest of this entry »

WATCH: Logan Lynn Speaks at the Institute for Mental Health and Wellness Discovery Summit in San Francisco (VIDEO)

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Thank you to Providence Health, Robin Henderson and Tyler Norris for inviting me to come tell my story and talk about how the Keep Oregon Well movement came to be at the launch of their new, national Institute for Mental Health and Wellness. It is an honor to be creating this new world with all of you!

And thanks to my advocacy partner / chosen sister Sheila Hamilton for always sitting in the front row when I do this public trauma response routine. You can watch her video of me addressing the crowd here:

And here are a handful of photos from our time in the Bay:

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