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Lesbian Pop Culture Blog AfterEllen Closing

Founded in 2002, the site has been a vital lifeline for an engaged community.

AfterEllen, a seminal pop culture blog for the lesbian community is closing down after 14 years, according to editor in chief Trish Bendix.

Bendix reported on the site's shuttering in a tumblr post, which was reposted on the Advocate.com.

Evolve Media purchased AfterEllen from Viacom two years ago. They gave us two fiscal years to become their LGBT property and profit in that space, and they found we are not as profitable as moms and fashion.

And, yes, “they” are mainly white heterosexual men, which is important to note because not only is this the story for us, but for a lot of other properties — large-scale media outlets, lesbian bars outpriced by neighborhoods they helped establish, housing in queer meccas like Portland that is being turned into condos and AirBNBs.

At the very same time, queer women and culture are being celebrated on the Emmys, in the legalization of both mothers being included on their newborn’s birth certificate, and our namesake, Ellen DeGeneres, being one of the most well-known, well-liked, and undeniably profitable television and lifestyle personalities of our generation.

Somewhere there’s a disconnect. AfterEllen is just one of the homes lesbian, bisexual, and queer women will have lost in the last decade. It was a refuge, a community, a virtual church for so many. I’m not sure that some people outside of us can really ever understand that.

In her comments Bendix thanked her writers, as well as AfterEllen's readers.

"You have been faithful, challenging, enlightening, accepting, educational, entertaining, and at times forgiving. You have been the best readership an editor could dream of, and any other site would be lucky to have you."

The site, founded in April 2002, will cease publishing on Friday, though Evolve has told Bendix it will keep the AE archive live for now "with a promise of periodically publishing freelance pieces in the future."

Fans and former writers have reacted to the news on Twitter.

I was a colleague of Trish and her predecessor, Karman Kregloe, when AE was part of the Logo family, and have nothing but praise for the amazing work they did over the years.

We'll miss the site's important contribution to the LGBT blogosphere.

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