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Gay Blog Queerty Is Dead

by David Badash on April 18, 2011

in Media

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Queerty, the LGBT blog known for its tongue-in-cheeck irreverence, gratuitous nudity, and surprisingly, questionably, almost at times anti-gay point of view, has closed. The blog, created by Jossip founder and extremely successful Internet entrepreneur David Hauslaib, had come under the operational control of 353 Media. In an email (below) sent by Hauslaib, he states, “a scenario that began with some technical headaches, has ended with 353 opting to not continue operating the site.”

Bilerico, for whom I used to write, muses today and offers some not intended to be factual statements as to the fall of the controversial LGBT blog.

Joe.My.God. points to the very not-safe-for-work site The Sword, which evidently was not a Queerty fan. They write, appropriately, “I’ll keep the schadenfreude at a minimum and simply say that even though there are plenty of other awful websites just like it, losing even one like Queerty, which has repeatedly fostered the wrong kinds of conversations, gloated over teen suicide, suggested fining people who acquire HIV, misled readers, gotten its facts laughably wrong, and provided a forum for some of the stupidest, most shrill commenters on the internet is still a great, great thing.”

For my part, two years ago when The New Civil Rights Movement was barely six months old, I was happy to be named by Queerty as one of the “10 Gay Twitterers You Need to Follow,” (though less happy about them calling me “Twitter’s gay uncle.”)

Queerty was ground-breaking and irreverent, but, I feel forced to say, their contribution to the national conversation was often inappropriate and mostly just plain wrong. I met Hauslieb once, at a course he taught on how to start a blog. He was young, knowledgeable, and, unlike his web creation, seemed impressive.

Queerty’s demise proves the need for sites that offer factual news reports, intelligent analysis, a global perspective, and voices not stifled by the persistent desire to pander to the lowest common denominator to make a few bucks.

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{ 8 comments }

Jay April 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

Well. I'm not surprised by this at all. First and foremost, they were usually behind most people in reporting LGBTQ news. Secondly they were always borderline and almost offensive on some of the posts they had. I used to go to Queerrty very often, but somewhere along the lines I tapered off and found my news/stories elsewhere.

@japhygrant April 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Guess I am never going to get that $20,000 they owe me.

@japhygrant April 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Also, I love that you're still peeved I called you the internet's "gay uncle". I meant no disrespect!

David Badash April 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

You are too funny! Not peeved at all, and thanks for all the times you covered us. Hope you do get your $20K! Best of luck!

@japhygrant April 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Ha. Unlikely, though it was semi-gratifying to force Hauslaib to show up before the California Dept. of Labor.

@japhygrant April 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm

It would cost me more to go after him than what it's worth and I've moved onto other things. Not surprised to hear Queerty shuttered, however. In the end, I was embarrassed to have had my name associated with it.

egon2020 April 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I read Queerty everyday and found it a largely informative, though somewhat nasty, destination. I found the community especially hostile, though it was fun to try to reason with them on occasion. Overall I am quite sad to see it go. It was, for better or worse, a big part of my day. In fact, it was through looking into the Queerty collapse that I came upon this site, which fortunate, as it is excellent. You should be proud of it. Plus you are using Thesis, which is always a sign of good taste.

hyhybt April 20, 2011 at 3:57 am

Funny; I have more questions now than before reading this. Like, what the blank kind of "technical headaches" could a long-established site possibly have that would make it better to close than to fix them? Especially when they kept going for another week (and without even warning their readers that there was a problem)

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