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You Should Be Here For It.

March is always a weird time of year for me. It’s the anniversary of the last time I tried to take my own life — and nearly succeeded. It’s also the anniversary of my being hospitalized for said suicide attempt, which was ultimately the catalyst for my getting off drugs and alcohol once and for all, after 16 years of being stuck in a crack-fueled trauma cycle I just could not break out of by myself.

That was 12 years ago this month, and in the 4,380 days since, I have found a way to center my entire life around love, healing, and forgiveness. I’ve fought for myself and built a career that I am super grateful for and proud of. I have food in my fridge and a beautiful roof over my head that I never take for granted for even one moment, after struggling with housing and basic safety for most of my teens and 20s. And I have found ways of belonging in the world alongside the friends and family who made space for me to become this person all those years ago.

Thank you for believing I could and for holding me close. I realize it’s hard for some people to picture me this way. I am unrecognizably well, and you really just had to be there…but if you weren’t, I’m glad.

And if you are struggling right now, please know you can always reach out. Life will change if you stick around. I promise. It’s what life does. You should be here for it. 🖤

Oops. Still Sober.

As I approach the 12th anniversary of my being in recovery from cocaine and alcohol, I am genuinely feeling really happy to be here, and so excited about life.

This hasn’t always been the case, as anyone who has followed me for any length of time will already know. I was using drugs back then for a reason — many reasons, actually — and those reasons didn’t magically disappear just because I quit smoking crack and killing my body slowly with vodka. If anything, those reasons became clearer and felt worse as I was getting well.

I am forever thankful for my doctors, who allowed me to go on a journey of harm reduction instead of total abstinence at first. The reality is, this recovery would never have worked if I hadn’t been put on Naltrexone for cravings, or if I hadn’t been able to use medical marijuana during my transition from suicidal junkie to regular human person. Pot saved me for many years, and gave me the space and time I needed to become myself again after nearly two decades of orbiting the atmosphere alone.

A few months ago, the weed stopped helping like it once had, and I went back to the same team of docs who had saved me, to see what was up. I made the transition from medical marijuana to BusPar around that time and almost immediately felt that impending sense of doom I’ve had strapped to my back since childhood disappear completely.

This is all just to say, recovery looks different for everyone, and it changes over time. If medication assistance helps you, take the medicine. I certainly have, and I’m zero percent ashamed about it. If you are experiencing addiction but aren’t ready to go totally sober right at first, then just find ways of hurting yourself less. That all counts as recovery, too — and fuck anyone who tries to tell you otherwise.

If you had told me 12 years ago that this life I’ve been living would someday be mine to live, I would never have believed you…but here we are. Healthy, happy and loved. 100% sober. Alive, inspired, and grateful. This shit is a goddamn miracle. 🤘💛

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.

Long Live Gay and Crazy.

Always funny to me when some puffed up clout chasing homophobe starts being gross or hateful in my direction to try and shame, scare or bully me publicly.

Like, uhhhh…I was abused as a child in the church, escaped that cult on my own as a 12 year old, left my family as a 14 year old, came out of the closet, survived being gay in Nebraska, survived being gay in Michigan, survived being gay in Kansas, survived being gay in Tennessee, survived being a gay homeless drug addict in the streets of San Francisco and Portland for 16 years after that, survived mental health crises, eventually got well on my own, survived being gay in Hollywood, survived the media, and have managed to build a truly happy life in the 12 years since that I am actually excited about living, as well as a career that I am super proud of.

These little videos and internet posts calling me gay and crazy never hurt me. GAY AND CRAZY IS LITERALLY MY BRAND. 🌈🖤

LISTEN: Logan Lynn Interviewed About Music and Mental Health This Week on Z100 Portland and JAM’N 107.5 FM! (AUDIO)

Logan Lynn and Tra Renee on Z100 and JAMN 1075 Portland (2017)

I was on Z100 Portland and JAM’N 107.5 this morning talking about mental health and music with Tra’Renee Chambers.

Listen at Z100 HERE, or press play below:

WATCH: “Destigmatizing Mental Illness” with Sheila Hamilton, Logan Lynn, Jennifer Pepin and Benedict Carey of The New York Times at PNCA (VIDEO)

Destigmatizing Mental Illness (2016)

I was thrilled to be part of the 2016 PNCA Edelman Lecture “Destigmatizing Mental Illness” event at PNCA featuring Sheila Hamilton, Jennifer Pepin and yours truly in conversation with Benedict Carey of The New York Times a few weeks back!

For those who missed it, you can now watch the lecture and dialogue online here:

Check out photos from the event here: Read the rest of this entry »

Logan Lynn’s New Album “ADIEU” Featured in Coming Up Music Magazine This Week

Logan Lynn Austin Texas (2016)

Thank you to Coming Up Music Magazine for featuring my upcoming record “ADIEU” this week! Check out what they had to say about my new tunes online HERE, or you can read the transcript below.

From Coming Up Music Magazine: (May 31st, 2016)

“The stars aligned this weekend when I got the chance to head to Portland for the first time and yes, it’s as beautiful as one would expect the wet Northwest to be. What I didn’t expect though was the insanely nice people. Coming from a city where “good mornings” and smiles are few and far between, it was odd to feel so welcomed by a city where I was a mere tourist. That’s why I wanted to find an artist today that calls Portland home. It was a way to pay it forward…back? Nevertheless, who I found was a man who is doing far more than being a nice Portlandian (is that what they call themselves?). Logan Lynn is likely a doll since he’s from the city of bridges, but he’s also a man who’s seen the lowest of lows and has suffered greatly, and is now shining a light on the his struggle with mental illness as well as his own recovery from an almost two-decade addiction on his September release, ADIEU.

On this record fans can find Lynn stepping away from his electronic norms and edging more towards a rock pop vibe. While a change of pace, it’s still a record that will speak volumes for the content brought to the table. Mental illness, while more in the mainstream now, is still something we as a society are still learning a great deal about. Especially when it comes to understanding what it can cause someone living with it to do. All situations are different and Lynn is telling his side of it through song on ADIEU. He’ll also delivery melodies and arrangements about his recovery process from a cocaine addiction that almost ended his time on earth eight years ago.

Fans can get ADIEU when it drops September 23, and in the meantime can check out his Keep Oregon Well campaign which stands to put an end to the stigma put on mental illness through the creative arts.”

Logan Lynn, Sheila Hamilton and Jennifer Pepin: “Destigmatizing Mental Illness” Listening Party and Dialogue with New York Times May 10th in Portland

Logan Lynn and Sheila Hamilton

Hey Portland! Join Sheila Hamilton, Jennifer Pepin and yours truly at 5pm on May 10th at PNCA for “Destigmatizing Mental Illness”.

I will be playing songs off my new record “ADIEU.” before we join Sheila on stage for a dialogue about mental health stigma and the arts, moderated by New York Times reporter Benedict Carey.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Come early (right at 5pm!) to hear my new jams 6 months before anyone else! 😉

Scoop HERE.


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