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Changes online at Ourchart.com

This is on their website…
OurChart Update
NOVEMBER 22, 2008 – 10:42AM — EDITOR
Some of you may have read the rumors that have been flying about regarding OurChart “shutting down” – as rumors tend to be, this is not true. Yes, we are unfortunately in a position of needing to scale back on our content initiatives. But please rest assured that none of your profile or personal information has been lost, shared or removed from the site. The site remains fully functional and we encourage you to continue using OurChart as the place to meet and interact with your friends. After all, it’s you, the OurChart community, that makes the site what it is. Continue writing blogs, posting comments, uploading photos, leaving notes, and messaging your friends. In the meantime, we’ll be working hard behind the scenes to streamline the site and focus on bringing you the social networking features that you, the members, most want.
We hope that you’ll stand by us as we move through this transitional period and thank you all in advance for your patience and continued support. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you. More updates from the OurChart team very soon!

This is an email I received today from one of their editors/bloggers Grace Moon…
Dear All,

Given the recent staff layoffs at OurChart.com, I have posted the statement below on my website: http://www.velvetparkmedia.com.

I enjoyed my tenure as managing editor of OurChart.com, and am available to comment on the state of lesbian media moving forward.

Thank you,
Grace Moon

According to the LGBT News site the Advocate.com, “word came down Friday afternoon that OurChart.com will be shutting off all content effective immediately. Editor Grace Moon notified the staff of contributors and bloggers via e-mail on Friday afternoon. Moon said in the e-mail that the entire staff had been let go and that Friday would be her last day.”

You gotta love it when personal messages become public. Yesterday, I did indeed send out a personal email to all of the contributors of OurChart to let them know of the abrupt termination of my employment and their contributions to OC. Since I did not have time to bid farewell to the OC community and deliver any transitional thoughts on my brief tenure there, I would like to take this opportunity to do so now. But first let me clarify I am NOT speaking in any official capacity for OurChart.com and its owners.

Almost a year ago I was hired by OurChart to be its managing editor. At the time the site, which had begun as a social networking space, was moving towards creating a more robust editorial component. I had previously worked for six years in the trenches of print, creating and managing Velvetpark Magazine. Moving from print to digital was totally illuminating. I realized that online content is actually a cacophony of live conversations that echo across the interwebs like yodelers on the Alps.

You know, the LGBT community and especially the L and the T’s have often been ghettoized within our Acronym to varying degrees. What I began to see as we churned out blog after blog on OC was that our little marginalized demographic was actually participating in the National dialogue; politically and culturally. Stories move across the web and either pick up steam or change directions depending on the readers and writers who commune on any given site in any given moment. To me, OC had become one such destination. And I think all of you who actively participated or lurked in the background would agree.

The other thing I learned is that if you stop talking, your presence disappears. Staceyann Chin, who became a regular blogger on OC, includes in the signature of her emails, “If we do not speak, who will?”

Lesbian media came into being first in print under the might of Franco Stevens who almost two decades ago began the first lesbian print magazine Curve. GO magazine and Velvetpark began the same year in 2002 in New York City. In pure dedication and commitment and despite the incredible costs of a fickle print industry, Amy Lesser has continued to deliver newsworthy content and the lesbi cultural road map across dykenation.

And how about the forward minded Sarah Warn who in 2002 knew the future of lesbian community and culture was online. Afterellen.com grew quickly and remains the premier destination for lesbian media, celebrity and gossip. The rest of lesbian media has scurried to keep up with her, fumbling our way online in her wake.

Then there is Ilene Chaiken. It is with great respect and gratitude that I thank Ilene who gave me the opportunity to work on OurChart. My very limited experience of having worked as her editor is that she is woman of vision, insight and a million ideas. The L Word has so dramatically positively altered our visibility and self-image — I mean really, she made being lesbian an A-list experience. High profile TV show, Paparazzi, red carpets —what? Had we ever felt so special before? And like seriously I still think TiBette should not stay together.

Even as I contemplate the loss of OC’s contribution as we knew it, it’s instructive to remember that the site does not exist in a vacuum. Established media giants like Time Inc. and Conde Nast Publications have both shed hundreds of employees recently, while newer ventures like the fits-and-starts prone Radar magazine finally folded entirely last month.

Okay now, I didn’t mean to scare you with the eminent recession or depression, but take heart — in the words of my dear friend and colleague Diana Cage “We are lesbians, we know how to survive.”

And that, we shall do.

Now that I’ve come back to my dear little media company that could, I would like to first thank Tami “IT girl” Johnson, Elizabeth Koke and Anna Romer who kept the home fires on Velvetpark burning. Thank you to everyone who began at Velvetpark and followed me to OurChart as well as those of you whom I met through OC (there are so many of you, please for give me for not mentioning all of your names).

A shout out to Kelly McCartney whom I have known for over 10 years and I seriously could not have accomplished anything without. She helped me found Velvetpark and became an absolute pillar of constancy on OC — editing, fact-checking and delivering consistent thoughtful informed posts ranging from green living to music to news and any number of topics we needed to cover in any given moment.

Thank you Diana Cage, my media girlfriend, the great illuminator of queer politics and culture. Cage, you’ve been one of my greatest allies and inspirations in keeping lesbian media alight. I look forward to setting up the lesbian commune (perhaps it can be right here on Vp), while we wait out this bastard economy.

And to you, OurChart readers who I really deeply felt became my online family; minniesota54, Tex, Lezbeth, Btfan2, my fellow dyslexic DeeDee, Rovermom, motaterz, peacekitty, Rusty, mysticsmb, CA_Medicine_Woman, and again the many others of you whose names escape me at the moment. I have thoroughly enjoyed our discussions even when we argued passionately. Nothing but love.

Lastly, I throw out a heartfelt thanks to Lisa Bang, who was really the lynchpin in keeping OC running behind the scenes. She helped me ease into my position at OC and showed me the ropes. Her organizational, marketing, and managerial skills — not to mention editing and creative talents — will be an asset to any company in the future.

Going forward you can continue to find me here at Vp, and I hope to be joined by a few other of my compatriots in short order. So come back soon. And please do comment and feel free to express your thoughts.

And if you’d like to join our ranks, make sure you read the fine print: we put the “free” back into ‘freelance” and the ‘Dyke” back into “DIY”.

Long live lesbian media.

In love and gratitude,
Grace Moon

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Rosie O’Donnell News

From the L.A. Times…
— Denise Martin

Photo credit: NBC Universal

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While promoting her upcoming NBC variety special, “Rosie Live,” Rosie O’Donnell couldn’t avoid questions about her controversial time on “The View.”

Barbara Walters, she told reporters on Wednesday morning, “wanted everyone to believe and think and act as if [the women on ‘The View’] get along and are really good friends and happy and hang out together, and, you know, that’s just not the reality.

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Myspace.com Blogs – A letter from Cyndi Lauper – Babes Aroun

A compelling letter from Cyndi about why she is voting for Obama and what we as GLBT Americans can do to move this country toward being a more just and inclusive society.

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Ellen brings up gay marriage with McCain

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New L-Word Spin Off?

Well ladies it’s time for the REALLY important news…check this out…Alice might be getting her own show after our favorite lesbian soap comes to an end. Yes, tis very sad…only one more season to be glued to our TV’s watching Bette & Tina & Kit & Alice & Shane and all those fine women of the L-Word. But look there might be hope yet…seems the creator and executive producer of Showtime’s “The L Word” has signed to write and produce a pilot for a spin-off series. Leisha Hailey, who plays Alice in the series, is set to star in the spin-off. The sixth and final season of the L Word is slated to run in January. Read more here.

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HRC Rock To Win Part3: Backstage Press Conference

This was my first experience rubbing elbows with the paparazzi and it was an experience…
I had a very good shot of the action until this backstage guy jumped in front of me at the last minute. I had to practice my assertive gorilla shooting techniques to bring you this. It’s a jungle out there kids.
BTW, at the very end check out who’s hugging Melissa as she leaves….Susan Sarandon sighting!
Thanks again Brad for getting me backstage!

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Ellen Degeneres And Portia de Rossi Get Married

Congrats!!!
Long time couple Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi tied the knot over the weekend to a small and private ceremony of 19 people at the couples home in L.A.

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