When Out broke the news Wednesday that SiriusXM OutQ, SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s LGBT channel, was being canceled, the Twittersphere erupted with fans mourning the loss of the only channel available on satellite radio that specifically highlighted LGBT interests and issues.
Sirius XM’s initial announcement stated that the channel would be removed from the satellite service as of Saturday and the streaming service next Thursday with popular programs as The Frank DeCaro Show, also featuring Doria Biddle, signing off at the end of the week. But then Sirius XM unceremoniously pulled the plug early without explanation why shows like DeCaro’s — which has aired for 12 years — were denied their final farewell.
In the days since the first announcement, several celebrities have voiced via social media both outrage and shock over the cancellation and supportive messages thanking the various hosts for their years of service to the LGBT population.
— Denis O'Hare (@denisohare) February 12, 2016
— Jonny McGovern (@GayPimp) February 11, 2016
Hey @SiriusXM - why are you taking away the OutQ channel? I'm a longtime subscriber and fan. Really bums me out.
— Ross Mathews (@helloross) February 11, 2016
— Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) February 11, 2016
There's a channel dedicated to Jimmy Buffet songs, but not LGBT issues? Is the JimmyBuffet community more deserving? https://t.co/1BNuYQPbUn
— Ross Mathews (@helloross) February 12, 2016
So disappointed that Sirius has decided to end Out Q radio. Especially sad for my friends Frank DeCaro and Doria... https://t.co/wyeFJnDQeU
— Miss Coco Peru (@themisscocoperu) February 11, 2016
— Sarah Thyre (@SarahThyre) February 12, 2016
— Tom (T.J.) Wait (@CBSLATom) February 12, 2016
— Alec Mapa (@AlecMapa) February 11, 2016