Remember back in the day when Planetout was the LGBTQ site on the internets to go to? Way back before they became a huge conglomerate of gaystream media with The Advocate, Out, Gay.com, Out Traveller, and a few other publications, I remember them as being a little edgy. It had this one gay male columnist whose whole thing it was to tell gay men to marry women and keep men on the side to lead an upright life (I forget his name), those personal that now seem obsolete with so many other networking sites online, and all the great gay news that you could read... several days late.
Yeah, well, they haven't been doing too well recently. Queerty has the goods on their SEC filing. They're losing profits fast, and while I can't help but smile, I do hope that it's for the right reasons.
It's true that I have criticized their conglomeration a bit in the past. I don't like the idea of all the biggest gaystream publications working together, running the same articles, all from the same perspective. Moreover, the articles that they run tend to be average to poorly written, and all with that "gay community" mentality. You know the one, I'm sure, that assumes that all people who don't identify as straight are gay, white, coastal-urban, and middle- to upper-class. In fact, it seems one way to defend them is to embrace that mentality. But it's simply untrue.