After spending the last week offline due to “technical difficulties,” the veteran gay news and gossip blog Queerty.com officially shuttered today.
Launched in 2005 by internet entrepreneur David Hauslaib, Queerty reportedly grew to reach an audience of more than one million visitors each month, and was frequently quoted by mainstream media outlets.
Visitors to the site on Monday were greeted with this notice:
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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.
“As many of you know, last year Queerty partnered with the folks at 353Media to handle its operations,” Hauslaib said in a letter to staffers. “Sadly last week, in a scenario that began with some technical headaches, has ended with 353 opting not to continue operating the site.”