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Andy Towle, Founder

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Founder/Partner/President, Towleroad

Awt_twitterAndy Towle’s experience in media and entertainment spans several industries. He currently writes and runs the widely-read gay news blog Towleroad. Before Towleroad, he was Editor in Chief of Genre magazine, a nationally distributed gay men’s lifestyle publication, and Editor at Large for The Out Traveler, a national quarterly publication produced by LPI Media. Prior to that he was a Music Editor for Tribe Online USA, where he produced and edited a content-heavy website for 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 writing fellowships at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His writing has been published widely.

Twitter: @andytowle

Michael Goff


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Partner/CEO, Towleroad & Modurban Media

Aferday Michael and Andy have been business partners in Towleroad, ModUrban Media and other projects since May, 2006. In the 90s, he founded Out magazine (and after working as a magazine editor. He was editorial director of Sidewalk, Microsoft's online city guide that was later sold to Citysearch; General Manager of; and managing partner of The Accelerator Group. He also built and folded a mobile publishing company, was Dan Gilmore's partner in launching early citizen-journalism effort, Bayosphere; has advised startups including (pre-Google) Blogger,, and He's served on the Outfest and CRIA boards, was an early ACTUP member, wrote the Gaydar media column for Outweek, and more recently was the Clinton Foundation AIDS Initiative volunteer Lead in Haiti for a year. He's based in Venice, California. It's more a place for experiments than a blog, but more about Michael on Goffspot. 



Ari Ezra Waldman

AriezraTowleroad3smallerAri Ezra Waldman is a 2002 graduate of Harvard College and a 2005 graduate of Harvard Law School. After practicing in New York for five years and clerking at a federal appellate court in Washington, D.C., Ari is now on the faculty at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. His areas of expertise are criminal law, criminal procedure, LGBT law and law and economics. He is the legal analyst for Vegas All Net radio's, "The Sausage Factory" program and a frequent legal analyst on local and national television news. Ari writes weekly posts on law and various LGBT issues. 

Twitter: @ariezrawaldman

Sam Greisman

GreismanSam Greisman is Towleroad’s intern and writes the 'Towleroad Talking Points' posts. He is a recent graduate of New York University, majoring in Communications, and spent his first post-graduate year working for New York magazine.

Sam grew up in Los Angeles and now resides in New York.

Twitter: @samgreis

Brandon K Thorp


ThorpBrandon K. Thorp is a 28-year-old essayist and journalist working in Brooklyn. He worked for five years as a drama critic and investigative reporter with Village Voice Media, for whom he won two Green Eyeshade Awards. In 2010, a story Thorp co-wrote with his partner, Penn Bullock, exposed anti-gay activist George Alan Rekers's international affair with a male prostitute. As a result, Thorp and Bullock won a 1st place award for Feature Writing with the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and went on to produce a 4-part documentary for Anderson Cooper, which examined the results of Rekers' clinical research. Before moving to New York, Thorp worked for three years as a drama critic with Miami's NPR affiliate, WLRN. Thorp currently serves as a guest anchor on Sirius XM's OutQ radio channel, and frequently writes for

Norman Brannon

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Norman Brannon is a musician and writer with almost 20 years of experience in music and journalism. Following the success of Anti-Matter — an independent music magazine he founded in 1993 — Brannon went on to become a contributing writer for Alternative Press, VIBE, Soma, and the groundbreaking irreverent hip-hop upstart Ego Trip. As a member of Texas is the Reason and New End Original, he steered a successful recording career throughout much of the '90s, achieving international acclaim and seeing his work licensed for use by Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, and Activision, among others. Most recently, he served as a founding contributor for the launch of MySpace's Music initiative and cut his teeth in television as the host of Here! Network's The Deal. In 2008, Brannon issued his first book, The Anti-Matter Anthology: A 1990s Post-Punk & Hardcore Reader.


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