About Hornet

About Hornet

Hornet is the world’s premier gay social network. Founded in 2011 with the mission to build the digital home for the gay community, Hornet has grown to more than 25 million total users by utilizing cutting-edge technology for its dating platform and producing original editorial content to connect a community around common interests. Hornet provides a superior user experience and is number one in the key markets of France, Russia, Brazil, Turkey and Taiwan, and is consistently expanding its sizable user base in the United States. 


About Hornet Stories

With our international LGBT news room — the largest in the world — Hornet Stories scours the globe for the most irresistible news, culture and lifestyle content. Though we’re a content hub for gay millennials, Hornet Stories is a place for readers of all types and interests to uncover trending topics and new ideas. With the goal of keeping our readers informed and in step with the world, we regularly report on issues of importance to the LGBTQ community, from news briefs and entertainment reviews to in-depth travel stories and think pieces on love, sex, relationships and health.


About Our Staff

Stephan Horbelt, Executive Editor

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Raised in Houston, Texas, at 21 years old Stephan moved to Los Angeles to become an entertainment attorney. The luster of 50-page contracts quickly wore thin, and after two years of practicing law he made a life-saving change to the always-exciting world of queer media, never looking back. For seven years prior to his time at Hornet, Stephan was the editor-in-chief of L.A.’s LGBT print publication Frontiers. Among the highlights of his time spent “working in print” (a medium he still worships) are award-winning profiles of some of his favorite artists, including Lily Allen, Stevie Nicks and Rufus Wainwright.

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Danny Addice, Content Strategist

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A product of suburban New Jersey, Danny left behind the life of orange tans and frosted tips to pursue degrees in Poetry and American Studies. When he realized aspiring poets can’t afford food and shelter, he became a writer, working at Nerve, Queerty and finally The Underwear Expert, where he spent three years as Managing Editor, building up an encyclopedic knowledge of men’s skivvies. After a stint working overseas, Danny felt his perspective on queer culture was more pressing in his quickly deteriorating home country post-Trump’s election, which led him to us at Hornet.

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