By Dale Henry Geist
I’m tickled to report that Country Queer lives to see another day – and, with a little luck, a whole bunch of them.
At the end of October we had less than $300 in the bank. It seemed certain that we’d need to shut down right then and there. There was only one way to keep it alive.
So on November 1st, I launched a crowdfunding campaign, with the goal of funding CQ for several more months. Now that campaign is drawing to a close (I haven’t actually closed the GoFundMe yet, so if you’ve been meaning to donate, jump on it!), and although we did not hit our $50,000 goal, we did raise north of $28,000, which means that we are still very much alive. (Go here for a breakdown of how the funds will be spent.)
I could not be more appreciative of everyone who pitched in to keep CQ going, and everyone who spread the word. Thanks to you, CQ lives.
Just as importantly, rather than having to shut down, this will give us a little time to find a new home for CQ.
You heard that right: after some intense soul-searching, I’ve decided to part ways with CQ, and am, therefore, in the process of searching for a new home for it, one that can ensure that our beloved Country Queer will thrive for many years to come.
I could exhaust pages – and your patience – with my thinking process, feelings, questions, commendations, etc., but here’s what it boils down to: in the words of Pete Seeger, “To everything, there is a season.” And the season of my stewardship of CQ is naturally coming to its end.
Thank you for being there. Long live Country Queer!