Online LGBTQ news site Gay Star News is reportedly going to cease operations on July 30.
BBC News correspondent Ben Hunte tweeted the news saying that staff had been informed of GSN’s closure via meetings before pay day.
BREAKING: LGBT media group Gay Star News (@gaystarnews) will cease trading tomorrow.
It is entering insolvency resulting in ~20 job losses. Staff were reportedly told 48hrs before pay day via meetings.
— Ben Hunte (@BenInLDN) July 29, 2019
As someone who writes in the LGBTQ news space every day, Gay Star News will be missed. It’s one of my ‘go-to’ sites I check every morning over coffee.
PinkNews CEO Benjamin Cohen tweeted, “Sorry to read this – good luck to staff for the future.”
Sorry to read this- good luck to staff for the future 🏳️🌈
— Benjamin Cohen (@benjamincohen) July 29, 2019
Darren Styles, owner of Attitude Magazine, shared his sadness and asked Gay Star News employees to check in with him as he had some job openings saying, “Can save some jobs at least.”
That is a great shame, LGBTQ media is a small enough place as it is. @AttitudeMag has a couple of digital vacancies coming if anyone wants to reach out to me. Can save some jobs at least.
— Darren Styles OBE (@bydarrenstyles) July 29, 2019
The news site began in January 2012. By 2015, GSN reported that the site was attracting five million unique users per month, and was listed in the top five LGBTQ news sites worldwide.
Directors of the site said when they launched that the goal for GSN was to become the first global 24/7 LGBTQ news website.
In a GSN article, they wrote, “The gap in the market was most glaring with global reporting, particularly online. Gay, bi and trans people worldwide are connecting more than ever, but there was no shared place they could go for quality news, information and entertainment.”
Gay Star News will most definitely be missed. Best thoughts to the staff.