Hours ago, Queerty founder David Hauslaib (whose role in recent years has been vague) sent the below email to several Queerty staffers, writers, and friends.
Some five and a half years ago I launched my second blog, Queerty, after seeing an opening for a new type of LGBT site. It joined Jossip, and would son be followed by two sister sites. That journey has come to an end: Queerty is closing.
Along the way, Queerty has grown to reach an audience of a million visitors each month, driving the international news cycle and fostering conversations among and about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. I’m very proud of the work Queerty accomplished, covering news and entertainment, music and culture, politics, celebrity, career, sports, and sex. Most of all, it is Queerty’s readers and contributors who have been the site’s biggest asset, fostering an online community that agreed with each other as often as not. Reading the conversations among readers, and the email sent in, was always a delicious perk.
As many of you know, last year Queerty partnered with the folks at 353Media to handle its operations. I transitioned out of my original role to make time to tackle some unrelated projects, and a trusted crew took the reins. Sadly last week, in a scenario that began with some technical headaches, has ended with 353 opting not to continue operating the site. It is a decision I was saddened to hear, and I worked to find an amenable solution that would keep Queerty online. That effort was unsuccessful.
I have watched web properties that I launched come to an [sic] close before, but Queerty’s end is certainly one of the hardest to see.
I apologize for the mass email, but there are a number of people I wanted to hear the news from me before the release of a formal statement.
You can continue to reach me at email@example.com. Thank you all for a wonderful experience.
After “Jossip” and “Stereohyped,” Queerty is Hauslaib’s third failed website, and the explanation that Queerty failed because he couldn’t find a new web host is disingenuous, at best. Remember, Hauslaib reportedly tried to sell Queerty to Here Media (LOL) back in 2008, so this is a site he’s been wanting to get off his hands for over three years.
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. Goodbye forever, Queerty!