Andy Towle founded Towleroad (pronounced 'toll-road') in 2003.
The site began as a personal blog and slowly evolved into the leading news and information source that it is today, with more than 50 regular writers and contributors.
Before Towleroad, Andy was Editor in Chief of Genre magazine, a nationally distributed gay men’s lifestyle publication, and Editor at Large for The Out Traveler.
Andy has also served as a Music Editor for Tribe Online USA, the U.S. branch of an Australia-based media company. He worked in feature film development at Twentieth Century Fox for four years, assisting in the development of over thirty projects for their Feature Animation and Family Films divisions.
He holds degrees in Art History and English from Vassar College, and was awarded a Wallace Stegner graduate fellowship at Stanford University, as well as two fellowships, in poetry and fiction, at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
His poetry has been published in The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Poetry magazine, and Ploughshares, among others.
Ari Ezra Waldman
Ari holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. from Harvard College. His scholarly interests lie at the intersection of law, society, and internet technology, with particular focus on hate and harassment online, privacy, and the LGBT community. Ari writes regular posts on legal issues facing LGBT persons.
Bobby Hankinson is a Brooklyn-based writer, creative and stand-up comedian. He is passionate about pop culture, comic books, classic cocktails and drag queens that sing live. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle and Brokelyn.com.
Charles Pulliam-Moore is journalist based in the Washington, D.C. and graduate of The George Washington University, where he majored journalism and LGBT studies. Charles's radio work has aired on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and WAMU 88.5's Metro Connection.
A technophile at heart, his writing has been featured in Slate Magazine's Future Tense blog, and he has penned the occasional Thought Catalogue piece.
You can find him on Twitter @CharlesPulliam.
Chris French is the founder & president of Ski Bums, the world's largest club for LGBT skiers and snowboarders. Ski Bums hosts social events and guided group trips to all the world's best ski resorts. http://www.ski-bums.org.
David Mixner, whom Newsweek once named the most powerful gay man in America, has been a highly regarded leader in American politics and international human rights for over 40 years and is a best-selling author of Stranger Among Friends, At Home with Myself, and Brave Journeys (co-written with Dennis Bailey). A sought after keynote speaker around the globe, Mixner has lectured at Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and the London School of Economics.. A gifted raconteur his one man show "OH HELL NO!" has been playing to sold out audiences. He shares his wisdom and stories with, as Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming says, “a mesmerizing blend of wit, dignity and homespun charm makes you feel you are curled up on the porch next to him.”
Mixner has raised over $30 million for candidates and charity organizations, including well over $1 million for openly gay and lesbian candidates across the country, and has participated in over 75 election campaigns, serving as campaign manager, fundraiser, or strategist. Campaigns include Gephardt for President, Clinton for President, Hart for President, McGovern for President, Bradley for Mayor, and Brown for Governor and Senate. Additionally, Mixner is a past member of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party National Commission on Delegate Selection and Party Reform, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund (former National Co-Chair),
Mixner’s screenplay with Richard Burns, Dunes of Overveen, won the Outfest MTV Award for Best New Screenplay. In addition, Mixner and Dennis Bailey co-wrote the screenplay Fire in the Soul, which is in pre-production, and a play, the historical drama Jacob’s Ladder. He was an executive producer of the award-winning documentary House on Fire, which highlighted the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African-American community. Mixner has also written for Time, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, The Advocate, and many other publications.
Recently, Yale University’s Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies created the David B. Mixner Collection, a catalogue of Mixner’s papers and correspondence from his work as a leading antiwar advocate during the Vietnam War to his participation in present day political campaigns.
Co-founder and editor in chief, ManAboutWorld magazine; author: LGBT Handbook of Tourism & Hospitality Marketing (2016)
Garth Greenwell is a books columnist for Towleroad. His debut novel, ‘What Belongs to You,’ will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in January, 2016. He is also the author of ‘Mitko,’ which won the 2010 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award and a Lambda Award. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and A Public Space. His criticism has appeared widely, including online for The New Yorker and The Atlantic.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he studied vocal performance at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Eastman School of Music before earning graduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Harvard University, where he was a Mellon Fellow. He spent seven years working as a high school English teacher, the last four of them in Sofia, Bulgaria, and is a committed advocate for LGBT youth. A recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow in fiction, he currently holds the Richard E. Guthrie Memorial Fellowship at the University of Iowa.
Jake is a student studying journalism and film at NYU undergrad. He's originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His hobbies include reading, complaining, and watching re-runs of "The Simpsons."
John Wright, an award-winning freelance journalist who lives in Dallas, is the publisher of Lone Star Q, Texas' Statewide LGBT News Source.
Wright previously served as senior editor of the LGBT newspaper Dallas Voice and has worked as a news reporter and editor for several mainstream publications.
Wright graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. He and his partner, Donald M. Christie III, are the proud fathers of a corgi-dachshund mix (they think) named Balynn (shown).
Follow Wright on Twitter @lsqnews.
Kyler Geoffroy serves as the Managing Editor for Towleroad. Born and raised in a small town in southeast Texas (think True Detective season one), Kyler is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in Government and Communication Studies. In the past, he has worked with the Texas Gay Straight Alliance Network, DC’s People for the American Way, and on various political and advocacy campaigns.
In his spare time Kyler enjoys feeding his political junkie habits, jotting down ideas for novels that he’ll never actually bother to write, and trying to figure out which Hogwarts House he wants to be placed in once they finally decide to make an Oculus Rift virtual reality version of Harry Potter.
Follow him on Twitter at @kylergee
Larry Kramer is an award-winning playwright and author, and a celebrated public health and gay rights advocate. He wrote the Academy Award–nominated screenplay adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love and rose to further prominence with his bestselling novel Faggots.
A pioneering AIDS activist, he cofounded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1982 and founded ACT UP in 1987. Kramer has won numerous awards for his plays and received the 2013 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a Master American Dramatist.
Michael Fitzgerald is a teacher and project manager based in Ireland. He is civil partnered and has two dogs and three goldfish.
Michael and Andy have been equal partners in Towleroad, AskTell Media Group and other projects since May, 2006. In the early 90s, Michael worked as a magazine editor which led him to found and build Out magazine (and out.com) into the leading gay title. In 1996 he left and became editorial director on the team launching Microsoft's Sidewalk city guides (sold to Citysearch), and went on as a General Manager of MSN to coordinate its move from firewall to a free network of services on the web...and on whose behalf he closed what was then the largest online advertising deal ever. Since 2001 he's built and folded a mobile publishing company, was the Clinton Foundation AIDS Initiative volunteer Lead in Haiti for a year; launched early citizen-journalism effort, Bayosphere with Dan Gilmore; and advised startups including (pre-Google) Blogger, Treehugger.com, and NowPublic.com. Michael's served on the Outfest board in Los Angeles and on AIDS Community Research Initiative of America boards for 20 years. He was an early ACTUP member, wrote the Gaydar media column for New York's Outweek (one of which inspired the AIDS Red Ribbon), and was Paper magazine's "gay" columnist for a year. He's based in Brooklyn, Provincetown, and Venice Beach. Wikipedia
Nathaniel Rogers is the creative force behind The Film Experience, the beloved, influential and long running film site and the movie columnist for Towleroad. His film commentary has won praise from the New York Times, Vanity Fair and The Advocate. Nathaniel was recently featured as an Oscar pundit on CNN International, is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and frequently serves on international film festival juries.
Occupy the Disco
Occupy The Disco (OXD) is a New York City based collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Haes, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.
Occupy The Disco curates and recommends music events to the gay community in NYC—in an effort to move the focus of the nightlife scene beyond the promoter and venue and to the music itself. OXD's goal is to educate, entertain, engage and empower the gay audience to reclaim their ability to question and experience the unknown.
Peter Montgomery is a senior fellow at People For the American Way and an associate editor at Religion Dispatches.
Editor at Large
Sean Mandell is the Editor-at-Large for Towleroad. Originally from Orange County, California, Sean studied at Georgetown University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude and a John Carroll Fellow with an honors degree in English. Before arriving at Towleroad Sean worked in independent film and theatre and served as the Development Coordinator at The Art of Elysium, a non-profit organization working to make art a catalyst for social change. He recently produced his first feature film, Retake.
Steve has worked on various online publications as both writer and editor. As one of the original editors of Queerty, he has covered all aspects of LGBT news since 2005. Steve has also worked on the online objectives for several organizations, including the the Annenberg Foundation and the American Film Institute. Formerly the Weekend Editor at Towleroad, he is now a regular contributor.
Steve was born and raised in Boston and is a graduate of Emerson College. He resides in Los Angeles.
Follow him on Twitter at @stevepep
Tim Murphy is a longtime writer on HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues for The New York Times, New York magazine, Out, the Advocate, Poz, Yahoo, the Daily Beast and other places.