Gay Star News relaunches as GSN following 2019 liquidation


LGBTQ news website Gay Star News has relaunched nearly seven months after it went into liquidation leaving staff and freelancers unpaid.

As a ‘soft relaunch’ GSN has started posting stories to a rebranded site with a new strapline “Truth & Unity”.

The site was originally created in London by founders Tris Reid-Smith and Scott Nunn back in 2011.

Gay Star News collapse

However, after the company relocated in 2019 to costly new offices in London’s East End, GSN ran into funding issues.

Old Gay News: How the former Gay Star News site looked just before it collapsed in 2019. Photo: Mark Johnson

Despite efforts by management to keep the company afloat eventually entered voluntary liquidation and ceased publishing on 30 July 2019

Reid-Smith and Nunn said they were “too devastated to speak” at the time of the collapse.

The news shocked the LGBTQ media world, with many rival sites expressing their sadness at the collapse.

Twenty staff lost their jobs and final month’s wages and freelancers were left unpaid.

The GSN brand was bought by London-listed Iconic Labs in September for £1. Iconic reportedly said a the time that, as the title had generated £500,000 of revenue in 2018 this indicated, it would easily repay the £33,000 owed to liquidators.

After publishing occasionally over the festive season, GSN started tweeting stories on Monday 27 January as part of its soft launch.

One of the first stories, penned by Reid-Smith covered a survey showing that most people in the Czech Republic back same-sex marriage laws.

Another carried the headline: ” What Pope Francis really thinks about LGBT+ people”.

The company is currently operating out of Iconic’s Soho offices in Central London.

GSN has a healthy social media following. It boasts 138,000 followers on Twitter; 818,000 followers on Facebook; and 12,600 followers on Instagram.

We wish them the best of luck.