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.
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 writing, 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
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