On Monday, Huffington Post launched HuffPost Gay Voices.
Gay Voices will provide a place for all of those stories to “live” together, thereby making it much easier for readers to find, share and discuss queer topics. What’s more, with a specific vertical dedicated to the queer “community,” The Huffington Post will be able to delve deeper into the issues that matter to queer people and that can’t be addressed by other verticals due to time or the specificity of the issue.
Yay: Finally, Huffington Post creates a dedicated portal to capture issues and news stories for the ‘queer community.’ I found this a major oversight for the website as a whole. I am looking forward to being able to find and explore new voices and writers. Huffington Post at its best is a great aggregate for news and blogs.
Nay: Why use Lady Gaga to launch the new site? There are so many relevant stories - GOP’s silence while gay soldiers get booed, Obama and the 15th annual HRC dinner, the formal repeal of DADT - that I think the site did a disservice relying on such a polarizing pop culture figure to establish its ‘voice.’
TBD: The site in its initial form is unorganized and confusing. There’s a Gaga article next to an Obama post followed by naked guys dancing for a kitty charity. I hope the site learns to group (or identify) stories by politics, (pop) culture, living, etc. so there is more direct access to specific elements of gay news.