Running for 19 years, Oasis Journals (formerly Oasis Magazine) is the longest running peer support and community site for LGBT youth on the internet.
Oasis began in 1995 as a writing community where queer and questioning youth could communicate with other people in their same situation.
As of December 1, this site is in read-only mode as we transfer a copy to the Internet Archive at archive.org. Once that transfer is complete, this site will be taken offline.
I feel compelled to write some reflections on the occasion of Oasis shutting down after 19 years, but it’s hard to find the right words.
I’m 46 now, and 27 when I started this site in 1995, so it seems like there should be some profound summation or insightful conclusion, especially when you consider that this site launched the same year as Amazon, and three years before Google.
But that’s probably why the right sentiment eludes me. The world has changed so much since then, and so much for the better, that Oasis no longer having a major role to play is cause for celebration. Not sadness.
Now that the site is turned off, here is what is happening:
We're waiting for archive.org to scrape the site for final updates, so that this community is preserved.
Once the archive is complete, the site you're reading now will disappear, and in its place will be a new boring two-page HTML site announcing that we are no more.
At that point, there will be pretty much nothing to come here to read. It is really more of an alert to people who didn't know we were closing.
There is a Facebook group is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/738358722901590/ for people who want to stay in touch with people from this site. It is a closed group, which means people will know you joined a group called Oasis, with no description, but nothing posted in there goes to your wall, etc., as I've been told.
Thanks for an amazing 19 years! - Jeff
My favorite show I've ever watched is about life. Six Feet Under ran from 2001-2005, five seasons, five years in the lives of the Fishers who owned Fisher and Sons Funeral Home.
The show starts minutes in with the death of the father. And (spoilers) it ends 3 episodes after the death of the older brother, perhaps the closest thing to a main character the show has.
The moral of this timing for the show is that, for most of us, most of the time, life goes on, even after it doesn't for some of us.
And goodnight to all you Oasies™, may you all prosper in the post-Oasis world.
Signing off for the very last time,
- Lone Wolf
For most of the last 5½ years this octogenarian has tried to remain in the background — not always successfully! :) / :(
Over these years I have witnessed many remarkable Oasies™ pass this way… and I want to wish them all a very bright future — you will be sorely missed!
-elph (my mom's initials)
I got dumped last night. I was totally blindsided by it, didn't see it coming at all. She said for the past few months, she hasn't felt as strongly in love with me as she once did. For the past few months, our relationship has been a fucking sham and she never bothered to talk to me about it. She said she didn't want to hurt me, but she's hurt me so much more by waiting that long to tell me. Everything is moment by moment now; one moment I feel okay, the next moment all I want to do is burst into tears. I've never felt so much pain in my entire life.
Goodbye Oasis, this is me signing off. Thanks for over 9 years of memories on this site. This place has seen me grow from an angsty teenager to a working adult. This place has allowed me to vent my thoughts away from the judgment of society. This allowed me to come to terms with various aspects of my life and identity, and I have matured and refined my thoughts and values through that journey.
It's been four years, and what a four years they've been. I want you all to know I'm glad to have befriended some of you and at least made your aquaintence if only just here in HTML. We've all shared our lives here and we've changed over time. This site has undoubtably saved many and helped just as much.