Lesbian media maven Trish Bendix, who just last week was laid off as editor in chief of AfterEllen, late Wednesday announced her new position as editor in chief of GO Magazine, a free publication best known for its wide distribution and nightlife listings aimed at showcasing lesbian events across the country. Bendix announced her new position on her Tumblr, where she initially announced her departure from AfterEllen to the dismay of many fans.
"I’ve been a fan of GO Magazine since the beginning, when I used to pick up the magazine at my favorite lesbian hang in Chicago, T’s," Bendix wrote. "T’s is gone now, as are so many of our spaces — bars, bookstores, festivals and publications — and so it’s more important than ever that our community rallies around those who have been committed to the lesbian cause and will continue to be. That being said, I am thrilled to be stepping into the position of Editor in Chief of GO Magazine, a philanthropic effort and longtime community resource from an out lesbian, the dedicated and driven Amy Lesser."
Though GO Magazine is based in New York City, Bendix, who lives in Los Angeles, will continue to work from the West Coast. She will be revamping the print publication and the website. "We’re going to bring lesbian and bisexual women content that they can’t find elsewhere, content that is for them, by them and focusing on members of their own community, including trans men, trans women, non-binaries and people who identify as genderqueer," she wrote.
Bendix has worked in queer media for years, creating a website for Chicago lesbians, then working for AfterEllen for a decade. This month, the company that owns AfterEllen determined it was not able to make the site profitable enough and let staffers go, saying the site would be updated with freelance content. Bendix spoke out about the decision in a commentary that was republished by The Advocate, and her former bosses decided not to award her severance. Bendix's former staff then created a fundraiser to show appreciation for her work.
However, Bendix wasn't unemployed for long. "I feel so lucky that I can not only continue to serve my community, but that I can do it at such a respected and pivotal place like GO, where the ultimate goal is to create something we can all be proud of," Bendix wrote. "I hope you will all join me in this next chapter. I promise it will be a good one."