In the last few days I closed the Women Born Transsexual Mailing List. I’ve unsubscribed to most Trans-Oriented mailing lists, including those where I used to pick up a lot of stories for this blog.
Time comes for things to end. Bill Browning has hit this point, Pam hit it a while ago as have others.
I’m about there. Maybe this blog will last a few more months or another year or so but I’ve reached a point where I don’t much care any more. I’ve gone through my Facebook pages and eliminated many trans-folks whose lives are only about trans/queer life.
Almost 11 years ago, I turned my personal homepage into a blog covering Indiana politics and LGBT issues. A few years later as more and more folks signed up to join me here, we turned our focus national and Bilerico Project was born.
We wanted to cover what was lacking on the big blogs at the time – real political and cultural analysis provided by LGBT movement leaders and everyday activists. We wanted diversity not only in our writers, but also their views. “What’s the worst that could happen?” we thought. “No one likes the new format so we go back to our roots?” Thankfully, readers loved the expanded coverage and we were off to a roaring start.
Together we’ve covered a multitude of important stories. From George W Bush’s election to the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, we’ve brought the best news and analysis we could. We’ve made a change in the Salvation Army’s anti-LGBT policies and ensured an innocent HIV+ immigrant was released from prison to die surrounded by loved ones. Together, our writers and readers have made a difference.
Projects are meant to be temporary and so was Bilerico Project. After more than a decade, it’s time to wrap up our experiment. The media landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade and so have our lives and the LGBT movement itself. It’s time to turn the page and start something fresh in this new environment.
My first post in 2004 was a quote from Margaret Meade. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I think we’ve done our part to make the world a better place.
This will be my last post on Bilerico Project. The site will be archived at bilericoproject.com so that all 31,000+ posts will still be available for readers. It’s been a long strange journey and I’ve loved every single moment of it, but the time has come to end the project and call it a success.
Personally, I’m going to take two weeks off to relax, look for a job, and work on my upcoming book. I will use bilerico.com as my personal blog again when I come back and I have a few ideas for starting something new and different. The spirit of Bilerico Project will live on and I plan on tapping into it as I move forward. I want to go back to my roots.
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