Bil Browning

Has Queerty Shut Down? Sources Say Yes

Filed By Bil Browning | April 18, 2011 10:00 AM | comments

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Tags: gay blogs, LGBT journalism, LGBT media, Queerty

Has gay tabloid-style blog Queerty shut down? The popular site hasn't been updated since last Tuesday and the front page now just shows you their Twitter feed. If you try to click any of the links to their stories though, you just get redirected to their front page.

While the site's Facebook page claims that the site is down for 50515_33720334139_2717870_n.jpgtechnical difficulties, an e-mail sent by former publisher David Hauslaib yesterday afternoon says that the site is closing down for good. You can read the e-mail after the jump, but in true Queerty style, I thought we'd speculate about the real and secret reason they closed.

  • Towleroad's Andy Towle put out a hit job on Queerty publisher, David Hauslaib, for not referring to Towle as "our blogger overlord." Fearing for his life, David called it quits.
  • Regent Media has sued Queerty for $10 bajillion dollars.
  • Queerty owner Hauslaib caught running drugs and guns for Venezuelan mob.
  • HRC President Joe Solmonese and Task Force ED Rea Carey said something nice about Queerty. Queerty folds up shop in a huff and demands more acrimonious "debate."
  • A transgender woman wanted to use the corporate bathroom.
  • Queerty writers wanted paychecks.

What'cha got to fill in the blanks? Of course, the hypothetical musings don't have to be factual... That's not how Queerty would have wanted it!

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This is not a real Queerty headline.

"Has cynical homogay trollbait blogsite Queerty finally snarked itself to death?"

Now that's a Queerty headline.

Rick Sutton | April 18, 2011 10:06 AM

Paychecks? There are paychecks for blog writers?

The real reason Queerty has shut down: Rachel Maddow threatened to sue the panties off them for trademark violation for their repeated and unauthorized use of snark.

omg! your prediction about the end of the LGBT blogosphere is coming true! is the gay blog Messiah coming soon?

According to this post of theirs on Facebook, it seems they're not shutting down. http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=203044136385465&id=33720334139

Their top post on the FB page currently reads:

After more than five years of serving the LGBT community with news and entertainment, Queerty has come to a close. The decision to shutter the site was not an easy one to make, and it is with great pain that we say goodbye to our loyal readership. From all of Queerty's writers and contributors, from our first unto our last day, thank you for spending some time with us.

--Queerty and 353Media

true that!

there's plenty of room for criticism, debate and discussion of LGBT rights and how we win them. criticism is how we stay on track as a movement. but queerty was just downright mean-spirited and out to attack.

david is out of his mind if he truly thinks that queerty drove the international news cycle and fostered any kind of conversation that actually had a benefit.

good riddance.

Respectfully I disagree. I am less inclined to paint any organization with many moving parts with such a broad brush.

Queerty was downright FRUSTRATING to me most of the time. The comments were often nasty and counterproductive. One of the only times I've ever appeared on Queerty was in a long post about what a terrible person I am by Nakahone Keodara. There was usually no love lost between Queerty and me.

THAT SAID, there were diamonds in the rough. Several of Queerty's contributors were often the first in LGBT media to publish a certain story angle that others weren't so gutsy to publish--including myself and many of us here at Bilerico--for fear OF the reaction. Queerty's writers were all but anonymous, the reactions didn't matter. Their anonymity, in a way, allowed them to be bolder in some of their editorial choices, and every once in a while allowed for some damn good journalism. I'm not ashamed to say that I looked at Queerty's coverage of a story often before planning the SameSexSunday roundtable because I knew there would usually be a unique angle over there.

Don't get me wrong--Queerty was a pain in the ass, usually. Queerty was responsible for almost every negative thing one could find about me if you Google my name--from some of the posts to the comments. Save a few comments at Joe.My.God and a post by Michael Petrelis about what a terrible stupid person I am, usually you Google me and nice things come up. Did I like seeing that? No. But regardless about some of the Queertyers' personal feelings toward me, there were some writers over there striving to bring something very different--and needed--to the LGBTQ blogosphere: a type of guts that's rare in journalism. A take-no-prisoners honesty... and a bit of fun and humor along the way.

Queerty said nasty things about me. If anyone should be glad to see them go, its me. But I'm not. I hope that some of their better writers find new homes elsewhere, but it won't be the same. All that snarky wisdom in one place... it will never be replicated.

Their website now has the message that is posted above by Bill Browning:

"After more than five years of serving the LGBT community with news and entertainment, Queerty has come to a close. The decision to shutter the site was not an easy one to make, and it is with great pain that we say goodbye to our loyal readership. From all of Queerty's writers and contributors, from our first unto our last day, thank you for spending some time with us." http://www.queerty.com/index.html

All the more reason to keep BILERICO going strong!

It's interesting to me that a lot of LGBT bloggers are now coming out an pissing on Queerty's grave when they didn't have the guts to say anything when Queerty was around. But the LGBT blogosphere is 90% cowards so what do you expect.

I would venture a guess that Queerty did, in fact, get sued. All Queerty did was copy and paste material from other blogs and media outlets, while maybe offering up some commentary on it. Bloggers have started fighting back against these sites that bundle their content and use it to make money from ad revenue. Needless to say, a bunch of bloggers have started suing the shit out of everyone who has been reposting their material without permission. I also wouldn't be surprised if they got sued by a photographer with a good lawyer, since they like to do regular posts about models, etc.

Queerty is getting back up and running... http://www.queerty.com/