become a contributor

Thanks for your interest in joining the team!

We are very excited that you want to join your voice to the Queer Voices family. Thank you for your interest in contributing to our community. Please fill out this application form:

Your Name

Your Email

How do you identify within the LGBTQIA+/queer community?

How many articles can you commit to writing for us each month?

Please submit a writing sample (it should be at least 400 words in a personal/bloggy/informal style; you may include a link to a published post)

Please submit a short biography for your author's blurb--it should let your personality shine through but be written in the third person. Check out current contributor profiles for examples.

Please upload a photo to use on your contributor's profile (it should be in .jpg format)

Contributor's Agreement



THIS CONTRIBUTOR AGREEMENT is entered into as of this day (the “Effective Date”), by and between Queer Voices (“Queer Voices,” “we,” or “us”), and yourself (“Contributor” or “you”). For valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto hereby enter into this Agreement.

  1. RECITALS.
    1. Queer Voices operates www.queer-voices.com (as defined below);
    2. Contributor wishes to write articles and otherwise contribute content to Queer Voices site, and Queer Voices wishes to engage Contributor for such purpose.
    3. Definitions. The following capitalized terms have the meanings given below when used in this Agreement:
      1. “Agreement” means, collectively, this contributor’s agreement, any policies and procedures posted by us on Queer Voices site, and any style guide provided to you by us.
      2. “Contribution” means an article, blog video, comment post, or other creative material provided or delivered by you to us pursuant to this Agreement.
      3. “Effective Date” has the meaning given to it in the preamble to this Agreement.
      4. “Queer Voices Site” means the website located at www.queer-voices.com and any successor thereto.
      5. “Term” has the meaning given to it in the section below.
      6. “Material” has the meaning given to it in the section below.
  2. CONTRIBUTOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES.
    1. Contributions. Each article you submit must be in final revised form, comprised of between 400 and 600 words, and otherwise in conformance with this Agreement. Each article will be in your area of expertise. From time to time, we may request and you will deliver to us articles about specific subjects within your area of expertise. You will deliver no less than agreed upon number articles per month (as defined by you, in the form above) to us before the 25th of each month.
    2. Profile. You will create a “Contributor Profile” suitable for publication on Queer Voices Site within five business days of our request. You will provide photograph(s) of yourself, biographical information, and such other information and materials as we may reasonably request for inclusion in your profile. You will update your profile from time to time to keep the profile interesting to repeat visitors to Queer Voices Site.
    3. Comments. You will visit the posts on Queer Voices Site and post comments and otherwise engage users no less than three times per week.
  3. QUALITY OF SERVICES; PEER REVIEWS; NO AGENCY RELATIONSHIP.
    1. Quality of Services. You will perform the Assignment in a professional manner in accordance with the level of care customarily observed by skilled professionals rendering similar services. All Contribution must be thoroughly researched, founded on an informed understanding of the current state of knowledge on the relevant subject matters, and meet the quality standards set by Queer Voices and in any applicable style guide, as determined by us. If requested by us, you will promptly revise and resubmit your Contribution in accordance with our suggestions.
    2. Peer Reviews. You agree to participate from time to time in reviews of your performance under this Agreement with one of our editors or another representative.
    3. No Agency Relationship. You are an independent contractor and are not authorized to make representations or commitments to third parties on behalf of us or of our affiliates. This Agreement does not create an employment or agency relationship.
  4. COMPENSATION.
    1. Complete Consideration. In full consideration for the rights granted and services performed by you under this Agreement, we offer you experience and exposure.
    2. No Royalties or Other Payments Required. You will not be entitled to any royalties or proceeds received by us, or any third party, from the commercialization and publication in any manner of your Contributions or Materials.
  5. CONTRIBUTOR’S GRANT OF RIGHTS; OUR LICENSE TO YOU.
    1. Ownership of Contributions. Each of your Contributions will be original and solely created by you as a “work-made-for-hire” specially ordered or commissioned by us, with Queer Voices being deemed the sole author of the Contribution and the owner of all rights whether now known or hereafter devised (including all copyrights and all extensions and renewals of copyrights) in and to the Contribution, with the right to make all uses of the Contribution throughout the world and all changes in each Contribution. Without further obligation to you, we may use, reproduce, edit, change, add to, take from, translate, reformat, or reprocess the Contribution in any manner. To the extent any Contribution is not deemed to be a work made for hire, you irrevocably assign to us all rights whether now known or hereafter devised (including all copyrights and all extensions and renewals of copyrights) in and to each Contribution throughout the world, including any and all of your rights to authorize or control the exploitation of each Contribution by any media and means now known or hereafter devised. You waive all “moral rights of authors” that may exist or any similar rights. We may, but are not obligated to, provide attribution to you in connection with any Contribution or to display, use, or otherwise exploit any Contribution. We have the right, without liability to you, to use any ideas, suggestions, or questions provided by you to us. Upon request by us, you will promptly provide us with such documents and agreements as we may require to further evidence and confirm your representations, warranties, and covenants under this Agreement, including material and location releases and assignments.
    2. Our License To You. We grant you a royalty-free, limited, nonexclusive, nonlicensable license to the Contributions for performance, distribution, and display on your personal or business website so long as your website contains no less than one prominent crawlable link to Queer Voices Site appearing in close proximity to each Contribution on your website.
    3. Name and Likeness Release. You give us the right to interview you and to photograph, videotape, record, reproduce, portray and otherwise exploit your name, likeness, voice, and biographical information in connection with your Contributions and to use the results and proceeds thereof (collectively, “Material”) as follows:
      1. to use, incorporate, exhibit, distribute, use, publish, and edit the Material in whole or in part, alone or in conjunction with other material for any purpose and in any manner whatsoever as we so choose in any and all media, in any and all forms and versions, now known and hereafter devised, throughout the world and in perpetuity. You will not have any rights of review regarding the Material or the exercise of the granted rights and we have the right to edit or delete the Material, juxtapose any part of the Material with any other materials, and make any other changes in the Materials as we choose in our sole discretion; and
      2. to copyright the Material in Queer Voices’s own name or in any other name (the Material is a “work made for hire”).
    4. Disclaimers. Queer Voices will include warranty and liability disclaimers on Queer Voices Site. The disclaimers may include statements that:
      1. the site information is not medical advice;
      2. use of the site is at the users’ sole risk; and
      3. Queer Voices and its suppliers are not liable for damages arising from use of the information on the Site.
  6. TERM AND TERMINATION.
    1. Term. This Agreement begins on the Effective Date and, unless earlier terminated for breach, continues for twelve months. Either party may provide written notice to the other party that it wishes to terminate the Agreement at the end of the then-current term. Such notice must be delivered no less than thirty and no more than sixty days before the end of the term or any renewal term. If such notice is not so delivered, this Agreement will automatically renew for an additional six months. The original term and any renewal term(s) are collectively referred to in this Agreement as the “Term.”
    2. Termination for Cause. Either party may terminate this Agreement as a result of a material breach of the Agreement by the other party. In order to terminate this Agreement for breach, the nonbreaching party must provide the breaching party with written notice and the opportunity to cure the breach, if capable of cure, within fifteen days. A material breach includes the failure to make any required payments, to deliver a Contribution by the deadlines set forth in the Agreement, or the failure of one or more of the Contributions to meet the quality standards set forth in the Agreement.
    3. Survival. Section 5 (“Contributor’s Grant of Rights”), Section 7 (“Confidentiality”), Section 8 (“Representations and Warranties”), Section 9 (“Limitation of Liability”), Section 10 (“Choice of Law; Arbitration”) and any other term that should reasonably be construed as surviving the termination of this Agreement, will survive termination. After termination of this Agreement and if you so request, we will cease referring to you on Queer Voices Site as one of our active contributors.
  7. CONFIDENTIALITY.
    1. During the Term, you may have access to our or our affiliates’ confidential and proprietary information ("Confidential Information"). During this Agreement and after termination of this Agreement, you will not disclose or use our Confidential Information for any purpose other than as necessary to perform your duties under this Agreement.
    2. In performing your services under this Agreement, you will not use improperly or disclose any confidential or proprietary information or trade secrets of any former or current employers, clients, or other third persons.
  8. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES.
    1. You represent, warrant, and covenant that:
      1. you have the right and obtained all authorizations and consents necessary to execute and enter into this Agreement, grant the rights set forth in this Agreement, and perform your obligations;
      2. Each Contribution (i) is original, (ii) does not and will not defame or disparage any person or entity or infringe upon or violate the intellectual property rights, rights of privacy, or any other rights of any person or entity; and (iii) is not the subject of any litigation or other claim or proceeding, or, to your knowledge, any threat thereof;
      3. The Material (i) does not and will not defame or disparage any person or entity or infringe upon or violate the intellectual property rights, rights of privacy, or any other rights of any person or entity; and (ii) is not the subject of any litigation or other claim or proceeding, or, to your knowledge, any threat thereof;
      4. You have not and will not convey or impair any rights in and to the Contribution or the Material;
      5. You do not have any relationship with any person or entity that could reasonably be deemed to result in a bias or conflict of interest in the preparation of your Contributions;
      6. All biographical and other information you have provided to us in connection with this Agreement and your engagement as an independent contractor for us is complete and accurate in all material respects;
      7. Each of your Contributions and any Material you submit will be based upon your personal research and informed understanding of the subject matter after thorough investigation and is not misleading or deceptive in any material respect; and
      8. If you learn of any claims alleging that any Contribution or the Material infringes any third party’s rights or is unlawful, you will immediately notify us.
  9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
    We will not be liable under any circumstances for consequential (including but not limited to lost opportunities or profits), special or punitive damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.
  10. NEW YORK CHOICE OF LAW; ARBITRATION.
    1. New York Choice of Law. This Agreement will be interpreted according to the laws of the State of New York, excluding those laws that would give effect to the laws of a different jurisdiction.
    2. Arbitration. Any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement, including determination of the scope or applicability of this Agreement to Arbitrate shall be determined by arbitration using an arbitrator of Queer Voices’ choice. Judgment on the award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction.
  11. TAXES AND INSURANCE.
    1. Taxes. You are responsible for calculating and paying all taxes owed on all compensation received by you from us. If any governmental entity determines that we are responsible for paying taxes on your behalf, any further compensation will be net of taxes and you will promptly refund to us the amount(s), which we were required to pay on your behalf.
    2. Insurance. No worker’s compensation or other insurance will be obtained by us on your behalf. No payroll deductions for employment taxes or insurance of any kind will be paid by us.
  12. INTERPRETATION; CONSTRUCTION.
    In interpreting this Agreement, the words “including” and “includes” are meant to be illustrative and not limiting. This Agreement will not be interpreted in favor of one party or the other based on any presumptions regarding the drafting of the document. The section titles used in this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and have no legal or contractual effect. You may not assign or otherwise transfer any of your rights or obligations under this Agreement. This Agreement is binding upon and inures to the benefit of the parties and their respective permitted successors and assigns. All notices under this Agreement must be in writing and will be considered delivered if sent via e-mail to an address provided by the recipient party to the sending party, or by overnight delivery service, or hand delivery to a provided address. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable: (a) the enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Agreement will not be affected; and (b) the unenforceable provisions will be replaced with valid provisions the effect of which comes as close as possible to that of the unenforceable provisions.
  13. COOPERATION; ENTIRE AGREEMENT; NO WAIVER.
    Each of us will cooperate with the other’s reasonable requests to effectuate the intent of this Agreement. This Agreement is the entire agreement between the parties with respect to this subject matter and supersedes all prior understandings and agreements relating thereto. This Agreement applies to all Contributions submitted to us by you. Any modifications to this Agreement must be agreed to in writing by both parties. A party does not waive any right under this Agreement by failing to insist on compliance with any of the terms of this Agreement or by failing to exercise any right hereunder.

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