Is Twitter Now X Gay?

Billionaire Elon Musk made headlines last week by endorsing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. But the national media missed another story involving the man behind SpaceX, Tesla and X — his purge of queer voices from his social media platform.

X logo on a black background with a soft blue light shining from below.
Photo by BoliviaInteligente on Unsplash.

On July 4, more than 200 accounts using the ILoveGay hashtag were suspended by X with no explanation.

In researching the story for This Way Out, the weekly LGBTQ radio magazine, I interviewed Matt Skallerud, president of Pink Media. He created the #ILoveGay network and has been leveraging its influence for 10 years to promote LGBTQ people, places and events.

June was a particularly active month for the network, with its campaign for a queer-friendly recording artist going viral.

But then, X effectively kneecapped Skallerud’s business by shutting down all of his accounts without warning. The social media giant also suspended other accounts using the ILoveGay hashtag, including the Gay Desert Guide in Palm Springs, California, and Visit Gay Britain.

My news report on the purge airs next week on This Way Out. But you can listen to an expanded version of that report here.

Listen to expanded report

Since X is a private company, its censorship of queer voices seems to be perfectly legal, even though Musk promised to respect free speech on the platform when he took control in 2022.