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Autostraddle.com has always been a completely free online magazine and social network and staying independent and accessible is essential to the work we do. As a politically progressive queer feminist media source, we tackle topics rarely addressed in the mainstream, highlight neglected voices and give some damn good relationship advice — things that serve our readers but don’t attract much attention from advertisers or investors. As advertising gets harder for all websites to sell, pressure is on us to adopt ad styles we suspect would ruin your lives: pop-ups, auto-play videos, overlay/floater ads, etc. We don’t want to go that route.

That’s why we’ve created Autostraddle Plus. It’s an easy way for readers like you to ensure Autostraddle’s survival and readability, and, in return, get some truly awesome perks.

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What is Autostraddle Plus?

Autostraddle Plus offers readers a peek behind the curtain of Autostraddle with A+ swag, monthly podcasts, Insider “newsletters,” special deals from like-minded businesses and essays/interviews from the previously-very-hidden parts of our hearts, souls and pants. Best of all, you’re helping us keep Autostraddle.com exactly the same — better, in fact! — and free for everybody. That’s right: nothing about Autostraddle.com will change for non-members.

Unless, of course, we have to shut down altogether.

In order to keep doing the groundbreaking writing and essential community-building work we do, we need your support. Advertisers and investors simply aren’t interested in this demographic. Despite being the most popular independently-owned queer women’s website in the world, we barely make $50 a day on advertising — not nearly enough to pay the six full-time staffers, twelve part-time staffers and hundreds of writers who work tirelessly to meet the needs of this incredible community. We operate on a budget that is one-twentieth the size of our competitors, and we do it without ad salespeople, accountants, lawyers and tech teams that are standard elsewhere.

Over the past two years, the mainstream has acquired a sudden interest in LGBTQ media, which means we often lose some of our most beloved writers to sites that can pay more, and our talented editors are working their asses off for a tiny fraction of what they could make elsewhere. We can’t attract the writers we need to keep the site growing without your support, and we don’t want to give up this space!

A+ is a sustainable way for queer people and allies to opt in to a system that financially supports other queer people. We employ queers and pay all our queer writers and contributors. If A+ is successful then A+ revenue, along with the income generated by A-Camp, merchandise, and our affiliate network, should enable us to pay all everybody, build a more diverse staff, pay our full-time and part-time employees something near what they’re worth, and continue to facilitate the worldwide meet-ups that have changed so many lives.

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  • NSFW Photoessays

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  • Monthly “A+ Bee” Community Newspaper
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  • Monthly “Questions You’ve Been Asking Us” from the A+ priority inbox
  • “Interview With My Ex-Girlfriend” series
  • Special Members-Only Layout
  • Exclusive A+-only merch discounts
  • Access to members-only feedback box
  • NSFW Photoessays

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  • Access to 1-2 Members-Only Personal Essays per month in full-screen, ad-free page view
  • Exclusive Team Podcast
  • Official A+ Member Sticker
  • Special A+ circle on your display name in our comments
  • Monthly “A+ Bee” Community Newspaper
  • Monthly Insider Behind-the-Scenes Newsletter accessible and eternally archived for A+ Members only in full-screen, ad-free page view
  • Monthly “Questions You’ve Been Asking Us” from the A+ priority inbox
  • “Interview With My Ex-Girlfriend” series
  • Special Members-Only Layout
  • Exclusive A+-only merch discounts
  • Access to members-only feedback box
  • NSFW Photoessays

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  • Choice of A+ Members-Only Gold Scissor Tote Bag or T-Shirt
  • Access to 1-2 Members-Only Personal Essays per month in full-screen, ad-free page view
  • Exclusive Team Podcast
  • Official A+ Member Sticker
  • Special A+ circle on your display name in our comments
  • Monthly “A+ Bee” Community Newspaper
  • Monthly Insider Behind-the-Scenes Newsletter accessible and eternally archived for A+ Members only in full-screen, ad-free page view
  • Monthly “Questions You’ve Been Asking Us” from the A+ priority inbox
  • “Interview With My Ex-Girlfriend” series
  • Special Members-Only Layout
  • Exclusive A+-only merch discounts
  • Access to members-only feedback box
  • NSFW Photoessays

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FAQS

How will this change Autostraddle for non-members?

Not one bit! No really, not at all. I mean, every now and then a post will pop up on the homepage that you can’t access without a membership, but members-only content will exist in addition to all the great work we already do, not instead of it. We’ll never publish something on A+ that would have been written if A+ didn’t exist. We need our words to reach as many eyeballs as possible and in order to succeed as a website in general,  and personal essays are some of our best-trafficked and most shared pieces of content. So trust us that deciding to put a specific piece of personal writing on A+ rather than on the mainsite isn’t a decision we take lightly.

What if I already donate to Autostraddle?

If you’re already signed up as a regular donor to Autostraddle on PayPal and would rather funnel that donation through Autostraddle Plus, it’s no problem! Both services offer easy cancellation, and then you can just sign up with Autostraddle Plus now. If you’d like to donate via Paypal subscriptions AND Autostraddle Plus, we’re totally okay with that too, just for the record.

What if I’d like to donate more than $25/month?

Easy! Just use this nifty donation link and sign up to “subscribe” and you can establish recurring donations or even just make a one-time donation as you feel the urge.

Can I give an A+ membership as a gift?

We’re working on this and will announce when we have that feature available.

What do these special posts consist of?

That is one of the most exciting parts of this project! It’ll be stuff too personal or personality cultish for the mainsite. We’ve also got a fantastic series entitled “Interviews With My Ex-Girlfriend” and an Autostraddle podcast. We anticipate A+ will also feature edgier and sexier content going forward, and have started taking steps in that direction.

How will I know about the special posts?

A+ content will show up on your homepage and in your RSS feeds just like regular content — but only members will be able to read the article by clicking on it.

I’m broke but want to join A+ so bad. Is there hope for me? What if I already donate to Autostraddle?

We’ll periodically host contests on the main site to give you a chance to win a membership!

When will I get my t-shirt?

You can expect to receive yours within 2-4 weeks.

I want to support Autostraddle but really couldn’t care less about your behind-the-scenes newsletter or special snowflake personal feelings, how can I do that?

You can do that through this! Just sign on up… and don’t read the A+ posts. Simple!

I’m a merchant who would like to offer a special deal to A+ members, who should I talk to?

Hit up sarah [at] autostraddle.com.