Tag: op-ed

GaySocialites.com owner fires himself


GaySocialites.com owner Charles Winters fires himselfGaySocialites.com‘s owner Charles Winters announced on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 that he had made the decision to fire himself.  Winters, who founded the website nearly a decade ago, is known for being a tough person to work for and evidently decided that he didn’t even meet his own standards.

Winters informed his staff via e-mail early Wednesday morning that he had let himself go.  According to his Wikipedia page Winters is the sole proprietor of the website, therefore the staff is left not knowing who is really in charge.

“We have an editorial board, but they really have no power,” said Winters’ now-former Executive Assistant Cody White. “Charles is very controlling in general and didn’t really ever allow them to make many decisions,” he added.

For now, the website seems to be up for grabs.  In his e-mail to staffers, Winters said:

“I still own the GaySocialites trademark, the GaySocialites brand and GaySocialites.com; but I have decided to terminate my employment immediately.  I no longer work here.”

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Bi now, gay later

GaySocialites Valentine's Guide 2015: Advice column bi now, gay later programGAYSOCIALITES VALENTINE’S GUIDE 2015

I’ve been with GaySocialites.com for almost three years now.  I love it.  I work as a reporter, commentator and the Executive Assistant to our CEO and Founding Editor Charles Winters.  I also earn college internship credit.  Who could ask for anything more?!

The thing is, I don’t identify as gay.  Maybe this is my coming out moment.  Maybe I will answer some of my own questions about my sexuality before the end of this posting, but I’ve been tagged here at GaySocialites.com as being on the “bi now, gay later program” (a pun on the buy now, pay later program…. of course).  That’s because I classify myself as being bi-sexual.

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Advice: Dating in the closet


GaySocialites Valentine's Guide Advice: Dating in the Closet

Clearly, I’m not in the closet.  Well, I have a very large room in my apartment (it’s actually an un-used bedroom) where I go to pick out my outfit for the day, but I have been openly gay for over a decade now.  However recently, I’ve been “seeing” a guy who is in the closet.  No, this isn’t one of my typical gossip rag articles where I am about to “out” this guy.  Instead, I’d like to sound off on what it is like to be the gay guy who is dating someone who in the closet.  I’d love to hear your feedback!

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Charles On: Believe in something

[Editorial note: Before I begin this op-ed piece, I want to say that it is something I wanted to write for a while now.  For some it might be controversial, but I hope that you read it with an open mind.  My intention is to help some find comfort and to open your minds to something that you might not normally see on a gay website.]

Believe in something: Charles On Gay Religion

Christianity is something that doesn’t get addressed often by members of the gay community.  However, I am excited to share my story with you. I am not, by any means, trying to push my opinion on you; however I hope it brings comfort to others who have experienced what I have experienced.

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Charles On… National Coming Out Day

Charles On... National Coming Out Day 2013Friday, October 11, 2013 is National Coming Out Day.  This is the 20th Annual celebration of  coming out of the closet as a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) person.

I’m not going to sit here and write that if you’re gay, then you should come out today.  I don’t think it’s necessary to wear your “Sorry Girls I’m Gay” shirt to work or to deck out your office with rainbow flags, however I’m in your corner if you feel that this is the right time to come out to those around.  If you’re looking for resources to help with that decision, then I refer you to the Human Rights Campaign website for a look at the resources they offer.

Instead, I’m pleading with the straight people today.  Maybe a few will pick-up this article on the search engines or someone will share it with them in honor of National Coming Out Day.

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