(PRWEB) January 3, 2005
Erosion Media, LLC, owner of the leading entertainment site for gay women, today announced the launch of AfterElton.com (http://www.afterelton.com), an entertainment site for gay and bisexual men. AfterElton.com seeks to inform, entertain and serve readers interested in the portrayal of gay and bisexual men in fiction, movies, television, music, theater, and the media.
The idea for the site was borne out of the popularity of AfterEllen.com (http://www.afterellen.com)--which has grown to over 400,000 unique users/month and is frequently used by academics and journalists to research topics related to lesbian and bisexual women in entertainmentÂand the lack of anything similar for gay and bisexual men.
"In the last two and a half years, we've received numerous emails asking whether there was a site like AfterEllen.com for gay men," said Erosion Media President & CEO Sarah Warn. "After saying no a dozen times, we finally decided to create one."
AfterElton.com features news, reviews and analysis of films, TV shows, books, music, and theater related to gay and bisexual men, as well as interviews with gay men in entertainment, like writer Paul Rudnick (ÂThe Stepford WivesÂ), director Rodney Evans (ÂBrother to BrotherÂ), and gay fiction writers Brent Hartinger and Michael Jensen (ÂGeography ClubÂ and ÂFrontiers,Â respectively).
The site launched with articles on the rise and fall of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," the recent increase in censorship of gay materials like the musical ÂNaked Boys Singing!,Â a review of the indie film ÂStraight-Jacket,Â and an interview with Jeremy Irons about his queer roles in ÂMerchant of VeniceÂ and ÂCallas Forever.Â
ÂUnlike the majority of magazines and sites for gay men,Â explains Warn, ÂweÂre all gay entertainment, all the time. That means no reviews of Madonna CDs. No analysis of Martha StewartÂs latest book or TV show. No interviews with Johnny Depp, unless heÂs playing a gay role. Our focus is on giving readers more information about gay men in entertainment--at least until we run out of gay men to write about.Â
A site dedicated to improving the visibility of gay men in entertainment is especially important in such a conservative climate, when there are less and less gay characters on network TV, movies continue to de-gay historical gay and bisexual figures, and many actors and musicians still remain guarded or closeted about their sexuality for fear of reprisals.
Besides offering gay men an entertainment outlet, AfterElton.com is also one of the few sites to specifically recognize and write about bisexual men in entertainment.
ÂWe plan to offer queer men the same quality of entertainment commentary and information we have provided queer women for the past three years,Â says Warn.
About Erosion Media, LLC
Erosion Media (http://www.erosionmedia.com) is dedicated to providing entertainment information to underserved populations. Their flagship site AfterEllen.com has been serving the lesbian and bisexual womenÂs community since April 2001, and AfterElton.com now does the same for gay and bisexual men.