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|Gay blog Queerty returns after short hiatus|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|May 04, 2011 09:51|
Call it a break. Call it time apart. Whatever you want to call it, gay blog Queerty is back.
The popular gay blog that used snarky commentary and featured plenty of mostly naked boys, announced back in April that it was shutting down. Yes, it's really back. Go check it out. I'll wait.
The site's owner, David Hauslaib, sold Queerty to GayCities, an LGBT resource company based in San Francisco, according to an article on the site. GayCities says that many of the original staff, as well as some new faces, including my former co-worker Dan Renzi, are hopping onboard the new incarnation.
Reaction to the initial shuttering was far from mixed. Most of our readers and commenters online felt that Queerty regularly crossed the line in their coverage of closeted celebrities and the tone of the content was unnecessarily “snarky.”
Here are a few comments posted on another popular gay blog Joe.My.God. after news broke that Queerty was closing.
“I'm not a fan of Queerty. I was when they started out, but after a while it seemed like they would copy the headlines from other sites and then turn it into something deliberately hateful. Cute name though.”
“Every single time I went there, it was a giant diss fest. I stopped going to that site years ago. Sites don't just disappear without good reason. This one was because all they did at that site was rag on everyone.”
“Their campaign against Corbin Fisher went past news reporting and opinion and became a personal vendetta. It stopped being a blog and became the MySpace page of an angry college student.”
A quick look at the new and improved version of the site seems to indicate a departure from its crude reporting. I read through several posts this morning and was unable to find one offensive article. I know! Not even one...
A post announcing the site's return claims:
"While we are committed to maintaining the best of Queerty, we also recognize that you have demanded change. In recent months the Queerty patented wit devolved into predictable snark, eviscerating everyone and everything in its path. Some of the comments simply piled on. We will maintain the independent voice at all cost, going after with a vengeance the powerful, the hypocritical and the just plain foolish. But now we’ll also strive for a better sense of journalistic balance and fairness.
Maybe GayCities was paying attention to the negative perception the site had before they bought it out. For the sake of quality reporting on LGBT issues, I hope Queerty's new owners stick to the new format. It's a popular resource that has the potential to be a powerful advocate online and it would be a shame if it fell back on the types of articles that lead to its downfall.
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