Another blow to the LGBT blogosphere... Activist meets pop culture hipster site The New Gay has closed up shop.
I'll just rip off the bandage: The New Gay is shutting down. It's been a fun ride over the past four years. But the site grew so much and so quickly that our rag-tag group of volunteers couldn't keep up with it. After wrangling with this issue for a while, we decided it was time to close up shop. So now, it's on to other things.
The site suffered a serious setback when longtime editor Zack Rosen left earlier this summer for financial reasons. Rosen and his partner, Michael Eichler, founded the site.
I met Rosen for the first time at a blogger conference years ago when the site first launched and watched as he poured his heart and soul into the venture. Like Bilerico Project, the group site grew by leaps and bounds and soon required a lot of time to manage and oversee. What didn't follow also mirrors Bilerico - a sustainable business model.
The New Gay joins 365gay.com as a recent casualty of the ever-changing world of LGBT online media. Popular blogs Queerty and Pam's House Blend have also undergone restructuring efforts to keep the respective sites afloat. Meanwhile, Huffington Post, an AOL-owned non-queer owned blog site, opened a new gay section. Other corporate-owned sites seem to be weathering the storm while LGBT-owned blogs continue to struggle without the help of professional staff.
This trend is reminiscent of the recent struggles of LGBT traditional news outlets to carve out a place in a media landscape increasingly dominated by mainstream media ventures who meld LGBT coverage into a larger pool of reporting. The same basic issue has also led to the demise of most LGBT-specific bookstores.