Top 20 Most-Read Autostraddle Posts of 2017

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You know we wrote some really important things this year, did some journalism, broke your heart open with some essays, dug into our collective souls with roundtables and mourned this hellfire of a year. But also, Sara Ramirez wore a very nice outfit.

The 20 Most Popular Autostraddle Posts of 2017

1. Kieryn Darkwater / January

Now our most popular post of all time, this is a terrifying narrative from Kieryn Darkwater, who grew up sheltered and closeted in a far-right evangelical conservative movement, raised by parents involved in the Quiverfull subculture — wholly dedicated, from a young age, to the project of taking over the government and the U.S. population for Jesus.

I Was Trained for the Culture Wars in Home School, Awaiting Someone Like Mike Pence as a Messiah

2. Frances Lee / July

Frances Lee’s necessary referendum on the current state of online social justice activism and why it’s more exhausting and divisive than it is productive or progressive.

Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice

3. Riese Bernard / March

The first of two posts on lesbian power couples from history! All my Mom’s friends told me at Passover Seder that they liked it very much.

16 Lesbian Power Couples From History Who Got Shit Done, Together

4. Riese Bernard & Heather Hogan / February

Our original list debuted in the summer of 2015, and although 2016 was an abysmal year for queer women in cinema, a few late 2015 releases plus some feedback on the original required a new list. Little did we know what lied in store for 2017.

5. Riese Bernard / July

Well, this is my legacy now I guess.

75 Lesbian Ken Dolls, Ranked By Lesbianism

6. AE Osworth / January

We didn’t win this one, but we sure did try.

Help Stop Betsy DeVos from Becoming Education Secretary With Your Phone And Your Friends

7. Riese Bernard with Heather Hogan / January

We sure do love our stories, Part One.

Winter 2017 TV Preview: All The Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Women To Get Excited About

8. Stef Schwartz / March

Never underestimate our investment in a good solid heartwarming lesbian wedding and also, generally speaking, Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli.

Surprise! Samira Wiley And Lauren Morelli Got Married And Everything’s Perfect

9. Riese Bernard / August

What happened here is we broke the news first with the best headline. I thought the show was gonna be about me but it wasn’t, it was about … fear?

“American Horror Story: Cult” Centers On Michigan Lesbian Horrified by Donald Trump, A Little On the Nose There Ryan

10. Riese Bernard with Heather Hogan / May

We sure do love our stories, part two.

Summer 2017 Gay TV Preview: Some Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Characters For Ya

11. Riese Bernard / September

“Good morning to Demi Lovato and her maybe girlfriend and nobody else.” – twitter quote of the year

BREAKING: Demi Lovato Almost Maybe Possibly Has a Girlfriend Now

12. Riese Bernard / May

Homophobic Man Beats Lesbian Unconscious On Brooklyn-Bound Q Train

13. Riese Bernard / July

I created this post with the specific goal of generating website traffic and look, it did!

41 Lesbian, Queer & Bisexual (LGBTQ+) TV Shows on Amazon Prime

14. Valerie / June

All-ages queer media attracting the attention it deserves for the impact it makes, is what this is about.

I Have a Lesbian Crush on This “Loud House” Storyline About Girls Having Crushes on Girls

15. Carolyn Yates / May

“Women lesbian girl. Long red hair. Fetish model. Look at the camera. Beautiful underwear.”

55 Lesbians Having A Bad Time In BDSM Stock Photos

16. Heather Hogan / July

The biggest news story of our entire lives.

BREAKING: “The L Word” Is Getting A Reboot, Bless Us Everyone

17. Heather Hogan / October

When I learned that this happened and was like “hey Heather, we need to write about this,” she was like, “Oh don’t worry I’m already writing it.” That’s how much she cares about you!

Gal Gadot and Kate McKinnon Sure Did Make Out on “Saturday Night Live”

18. Carmen Phillips / November

I wonder if the team at Madam Secretary knew what they were getting into when they made this casting choice. Bless Carmen for her allegiance to the Kat Sandoval Beat and overall greatness, honestly.

Sara Ramirez’s Kat Sandoval Debuts Even Gayer Than Imagined On “Madam Secretary”

19. Erin Sullivan / October

Erin Sullivan changes my life all the time, on this day like many other days she changed yours.

What You’re Flagging With Your La Croix Flavor

20. Carmen Phillips / October

Well y’all are consistent, that’s for sure.

Autostraddle Feelings Atrium: Sara Ramirez in This Suit and Suspenders With a Pocket Chain Around Your Heart

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Way to go Carmen!

    I’m so glad a bunch of these posts are personal essays and news/politics articles. I love everything ya’ll write about television, movies and celebrities, obviously, but I’m happy that the other stuff is getting the credit and eyeballs it deserves as well.

    Thanks to everyone at Autostraddle for another amazing year of quality queer content – I couldn’t have made it through this garbage fire of a year without you!

  2. Thank you so much Riese and everyone else here for another amazing year of writing. For me and I’m sure many many others this has been one of the hardest, most upsetting and infuriating years I can remember, and the community and support here has been a critically important source of hope and strength. I love you all.

    Here’s to 2018 being a year of reckoning and justice for the greedy gluttonous monsters trying to destroy the world in their horrific image. And to healing all the damage they’ve done.

  3. That “I Was Trained for the Culture Wars in Home School, Awaiting Someone Like Mike Pence as a Messiah”is super scary

    • The scariest part was some of the folks who came outta the wood works to “save” Kieryn or proclaim them a liar.

      The scariest one was there cheery af lady who put down that passage number of bit of the Bible which basically says drown the people influencing the kiddos. Like was she trained to just spit out that passage number when trying to “save” people ignorant to what the passage actually said or did she really know that passage and really mean it?

      Fucking evangelical Dolores Umbridge *shudders*

  4. I remember most of these but I’d missed Excommunicate Me From the Church of Social Justice. So glad I got to read it today and I’m so glad you posted it here. What an important piece!

  5. A welcome look back on some fantastic writing. Thank you for another good year. The Evangelical expose was chilling but so enlightening. Nothing like know your enemy.

  6. “75 Lesbian Ken Dolls, Ranked By Lesbianism” is the best post EVER, no doubts about it, after all it gave us “Lesbian Ken” Community Photo Gallery.

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