Queerty shutters popular gay blog

Mon. April 18, 2011 4:09 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

Queerty, the gay blog best known for its tounge-in-cheek and often irreverant coverage of LGBT news, has closed after more than 5 years.

The popular gossip blog, created by Jossip founder and Internet entrepreneur David Hauslaib, had been experiencing technical difficulties over the past month abruptly ended its run Monday.

An official noticed is posted on their website: "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."

In a separate email sent Sunday to staffers, writers and friends, publisher David Hauslaib cited issues with corporate partners 353Media, who opted not to continue operating the website.

"I have watched web properties that I launched come to an close before, but Queerty's end is certainly one of the hardest to see," wrote Hauslaib.

A number of LGBT-related sites have flirted with shutting down, including Bilerico and Pam's House Blend, but it was expected Queerty would continue through corporate funding.

While extremely popular with readers, the ground-breaking website was not always a favorite among other LGBT blogs.

The Sword writes: "...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. Goodbye forever, Queerty!"
 

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