A-Camp May 2013 Recamp #3: Fun Before 2pm, Fun After 2pm

Saturday Afternoon

Block A: DIY Body Scrubs (Laneia & Kristen) // Bisexuality/Sexual Fluidity Panel (Stef, Daniela & Rachel) // Swagger 101 (Gabby & Katrina) // Dirty Dancing (Launa) // Drag King Workshop (Kate)

Block B: Introvert Meet-Up (Whitney & Crystal) // High Tea (Laneia & Rachel) // Know Your Whiskey (Alex & Ali) // Angelus Oaks Fashion Week (Liz, Medd, Robin, Carly, Devyn, Mary, Brandy, Julie, Julia, Chloe, Riese, Haviland, Gabby, Rachel Walker & Intern Grace) // Dappy Hour (Gabby & Katrina)


photo by katie o.

Kate, Contributing Editor & Tiger Beat Counselor: The Drag King Workshop was hands down my absolute favorite thing about A Camp. I was originally going to do a standard “how to get into drag king mode” workshop, but it took me about five minutes to realize that this was not what the workshop needed to be about. Instead, we had an intense conversation about gender and drag as therapy and the figures in our lives we wanted to emulate. I had been trying to avoid my emotions all day, but this ended up being the most emotional afternoon yet. It was entirely worth it. It was cathartic, actually. We talked about owning spaces with body language, and building confidence through our behaviors. By the time we got to facial hair, I saw a very quiet and introverted bunch transform into a room full of grinning swaggering characters who were socially comfortable and teasing each other. That transformation almost made me cry. I am so, so, so, so proud of the Drag King Bunch for being willing to explore an intense and often difficult part of their identities, wrestling with some tough questions, and still managing to have a blast and be incredibly accepting and wonderful to each other. You handsome, beautiful bunch – It was an absolute privilege to draw your facial hair. Johnny Thunder wipes a manly tear in your honor.

this isn't a photo of the drag king workshop but it seemed like a cute thing to put here anyhow (photo by vanessa)

this isn’t a photo of the drag king workshop but it seemed like a cute thing to put here anyhow (photo by vanessa)

Riese: My favorite thing about The Bisexuality/Sexual Fluidity Panel, besides the actual panel, were all the joked-up names Stef and Rachel used to refer to the panel prior to the panel, including but not limited to The Dirty Sluts Panel and The Blow Job Panel. We have Stupid Bisexual Stereotype Humor Shorthand.

Daniela, Intern & Starjammers Counselor: Having gone to Camp 1.0 as a camper who was scared of being judged for having a long term relationship with a cis man, the sexual fluidity panel felt cozy like a little camp fire.

Stef: The Sexual Fluidity Panel was probably the most pressure I’ve put on myself to do anything in all of A-Camp history. I’ve felt like Autostraddle needed to be talking more about bisexuality for quite some time, and I was really thrilled for the opportunity to do so at this camp. I’ve never been so nervous to have Riese sit in on an activity I’ve done.

Riese: Once upon a time I’d decided to dedicate my life to writing a memoir/non-fiction book about bisexuality and was really immersed in figuring bisexuality out for myself and also I read like ten books about bisexuality, interviewed a bunch of bisexual girls, and conducted a huge survey of bisexual women — and so I was really interested to hear other people talk about something I’ve written 300 unpublished pages about! I only had half an hour or so before I had to go get styled by Brandy for the fashion show, but I was really excited for this panel and wanted to catch as much of it as I could.

(photo by rachel w)

(photo by rachel w)

Stef: Rachel, Daniela and I talked at length about our own experiences with labels and sexual fluidity in general, and the audience gave us a lot to work with. I’m incredibly grateful the campers gave us the chance to start having this conversation and helped us make A-Camp a more inclusive space. We’re not done talking about it, I promise! Also, this panel was really important because we made our moderator Intern Grace an honorary bisexual, and she’s terribly, terribly excited about it.

Daniela: The discussion itself was difficult at times because of all the charged meanings behind particular labels, but talking out in the open about our want for community and facilitating the discussion about sexuality beyond monosexuality was a thing that soothed some of the discomfort I didn’t know I had around my own representation of my sexuality. Having so many campers be there to chat about the challenges of creating an inclusive community that doesn’t wash over some of its members was a difficult, but oh so damn encouraging conversation to have.

Riese: I feel like it opened up a space that needed to be opened up for people to live inside and breathe on this mountain.

(photo by rachel w)

(photo by rachel w)

Swagger 101

Meredydd, Business Advisor & Golden Girls Counselor: After missing Swagger 101 at the past two camps I was excited to have a free block when Gabby and Katrina were running Swagger 101. I thought it would be all about picking up chicks (and it was) but it was also so much more. I loved the way they communicated and made it a safe space for everyone to move past their fears.

ready for swagger 101

ready for swagger 101 (by rw)

Katrina, Writer & Foxfire Counselor: What I like about Swagger 101 is that it’s kind of a total misnomer. The idea of “swagger” always felt like a male-fronted bastion of asshole behavior and false bravado, but for me and Gabby, swagger is (surprise) about feelings and honesty and vulnerability, and most of all, it’s about yourself.

(photo by rachel w)

(photo by rachel w)

Gabby: I asked Katrina if maybe we should change the name to something like “GeekSwag” or “GentleQueer Swag” and I got a resounding ‘hell no’. Katrina said that everyone has the right to own their swag. We can categorize it however we choose to but we don’t need to further cloak our queer sexiness in everything that is awkward. This is why we’re partners and part of the reason I can’t imagine any of my activities/workshops at camp without Señor Casiño. KC just gets it. We kept the name and upped our workshop game.

Photo by Cee Webster

Photo by Cee Webster

Cee, Tech Director & Golden Girls Counselor: I was really touched by the intro to Gabby & Katrina’s swagger workshop. It was my first time checking it out, and I’m glad I did. They lined up everyone face to face and made people tell the person opposite them what their biggest fear about approaching someone is. Since I was observing, I heard a wave of insecurities which really humbled me. It made me realize that their workshop was probably going to be really helpful for so many women, and that so many of us have the same fears and insecurities.

Katrina: We did this new exercise in the beginning where we had everyone line up and tell each other their insecurities about approaching someone, and I don’t know. It was this moment of totally visceral honesty and fear, and I loved it. I just totally loved it. I like to be afraid of things sometimes, because if you’re never afraid of anything, then you’ll never know your potential to overcome those things. Fear just means you’re a human animal, you know? You can’t rise to the challenge if there’s no challenge. You did it, and that was cool. So thank you.

(by rachel w)

(photo by rachel w)

Gabby: We brainstormed ways to make sure that people who came to the workshop had to (if they chose to participate and we always provide the option to just sit and chill and watch) look each other in the eyes. We wanted them up and practicing our suggestions and role playing all of the situations that they found intimidating in real life. We also needed to talk about some fucked up things that happen in the social scenes we try to thrive in off the mountain.

We call bullshit on the following real life scenarios:

1 – Trying to out-butch someone or using your butch presentation to intimidate someone trying to talk to your lady or otherwise-identified boo. Example: you go to the bathroom at the club, you come back and your boo is talking to someone who reads as “BUTCH” and you come back all on some, “Oh who’s this?” and “Umm, excuse me, that’s my girl” type shit, eyeballing everyone and grilling your boo like some major thing has occured and you need to pee a circle around the person you’re with. That shit is boring. I’ve done it and it makes everything terrible. At Swag 101, three awesome campers role played a way for everyone to just fucking kindly introduce themselves.

2 – Keeping silent. Example: a sweet self-identified femme walks by your group of friends at the club and either everyone assumes she’s straight or tries to throw themselves at her. At Swag we talked about a concept called “Ally Up.” Like in the moment, feel free to call out your friends or that asshole dyke at the bar who reinforces stereotypes, who loudly assumes they know every category that every queer person is in and who maintains those distinctions by vocalizing them while everyone else keeps their mouths shut. Maybe that exquisite queer in a fly-ass dress isn’t a femme, maybe they’re just a person who wants a drink and some nice conversation. Maybe we all just treat each other, like people? Least that’s the conclusion we came to at the workshop, together, as a f*cking badass family.

3 – Assumptions. this was kind of the general theme of the workshop and of life. We go out into the world and unintentionally assume that everything is as we see it. We keep our queer eyes on and still assume all the things. Two people, one who reads as butch and one who reads as femme, are automatically pegged as a couple, one is obvs the top and the other needs to be catered to and treated like a princess. We stereotype ourselves before we introduce ourselves to each other and it’s bullshit. One, there’s way more to life than any assumed butch/femme dynamic. Two, from what we gathered at the workshop, we’re so so tired of dealing with these attitudes from each other. We’re tired of navigating lesbian/queer circles where there’s no room to just be social and sexy and we’ve got to be all minding our presentations and shit.

Ya’ll were flawless at Swag. You looked each other in the eyes and affirmed all the things that suck about dating, flirting and navigating gay social scenes. Then you took the workshop seriously and opened yourselves up to each other. It was beautiful. We all shared our tips for flirting, nailing compliments and handling rejection.

1 – Flirting: Don’t be a creeper. Know when to be cute and when to just walk away.
2 – Compliments: They’ve got to be sincere, interesting and again as non-creepy as possible. Also, give them without expecting anything in return.
3 – Rejection – Happens to all of us so don’t let it be the thing that defines you or your whole night.

These are summaries of the awesomeness that is all of us queers talking about picking each other up and being fly on a mountain. It’s what happens when we decide to have each other’s backs, be the best wingqueers we can be and stay open to letting others be flirtatious and explore our confidence and sex appeal in a social setting.

(photo by rachel w)

(photo by rachel w)

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  1. I kind of wish I went to Klub Deer now just so I could have shown smartphone pictures of my cat to Jill.

    • I have no cat of my own, so I’m collecting some photos from Tumblr just for Jill/Klub Deer next time around.

  2. All of my feelings are basically whiskey feelings, as without the aid of whiskey I only have smartass feelings. So naturally, the whiskey tasting was right up my alley, and that Handy was legitimately one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted in this life and perhaps the next. My go-to “fancy” bourbon was also on the list, the Four Roses Single Barrel, and I cannot recommend that highly enough. I think this should come back every year, and I’d really like to see maybe some historical stuff, like some old-school white whiskey, such as they drank back in the West? Or maybe a tasting focusing specifically on bourbons? Anyhow, if either of you ever need whiskey ideas for future camps, holler at me, as whiskey is my JAM.

    Also, I spent most of the night at Klub Deer showing my garter belt to obliging persons, so WELL DONE ME.

    • Wait, wait, today was also the day that Dina made a CRITICAL ERROR and started asking me about Western novels and genre fiction and I basically threw book titles at her and tried to defend Larry McMurtry by telling her that Lonesome Dove makes up for Buffalo Girls because it’s so fucking good and she was like, “I’ve seen the movie” and I was all, “OKAY BUT YOU HAVE TO READ IT. Because it’s probably the best Western ever written even if, strictly speaking, it’s not my favorite*”


      *My favorite is Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell, and it’s excellent even if you don’t like Westerns, so do yourself a favor, seriously.

      • I’m constructed of like, 99% whiskey ideas and history knowledge.

        I would love to help if ever you need it, on the real. There’s so much fun stuff you can do with history/booze/booze history

    • Heartbroken I missed the whiskey tasting, next time we’re in the same state please demo what you learned. <3

      • If you come visit me, I’ll feed you so much bourbon and history that you’ll be forced to ooze around as a puddle like you’re in The Secret World of Alex Mack

        • Maybe when I finish grad school I’ll take a cross country road trip, straddling everyone everywhere.

          I mean visiting straddlers everywhere.

  3. I had serious reservations about being the Blue Rainbow wars representative for this Family-Feud/Wet T-shirt contest thingy. Lots of nerves were had, then I placed the Cowboy hat of No Fucks Given on my head and dove in.

    Wow, well I have to say that the pic from Faggity Feud is going to be the one I treasure mainly because the absolutely huge grin I had getting blasted by Brandy.

    A note: The water in those water guns was.. stinky. :P Like, eww.

    • Shelby you rocked it in the hat!!!! I didn’t notice the stinky water because….alcohol?

  4. This was my favorite day! I was running on adrenaline and booze, we won a thing and it was the most fun time with my cabin/team ever. The whiskey tasting was super fun and I totally hope that by next camp I can learn dapper so I can partake in the hour. I am the saddest that I missed fashion week also. I played drinking games with the Golden Girls and fell asleep on my way to faggity feud and woke up for Klub Deer. BEST DAY EVER! Next time I will sleep so I don’t miss things.

      • I can’t even wait! Several well dressed ladies asked me to come and I just died a little each time. whiskey conflicted. Priorities?

  5. DeAnne Smith nearly killed me from laughing too hard. I literally laughed so hard my face started to get tingly from a lack of oxygen. I’m pretty sure I saw a white light… But I talked myself back down because I didn’t want to miss the end of her show.

  6. Bear-sized thanks, apologies, and owed drinks to everyone who got tangled up in my hair feelings.

  7. Brittani somehow I missed you dunking. I was probably busy looking at the other campers without shirts. I mean busy playing basketball. What?

  8. Wait. Wait, Rachel Walker is a Calendar Girl!?!?!? Holy shit!

    Also, real talk, Rise, I hope that wasn’t a serious idea about naming the Non-Monosexual Panel “Dirty Sluts” or “Blow Job”. That makes me super uncomfortable even considering a real thing =/

  9. Also my best camp memory was when Geneva walked into breakfast Sunday with thr VIP shirt I had lost in Klub Deer the previous night and said she was proud of me. That means a lot, Geneva.

  10. ALSO THE KICKASS HEROINES PANEL WAS SO AMAZING. Launa and I had a side panel afterward where we could have lots of Doctor Who feelings, so that was just the best part.

    I loved this day the most. Especially staying up until 5am talking about feelings and Deanne Smith being hilarious. And Breakfast Club. And hiking. It was just a really good day.

    • This is one of those situations where I don’t remember faces, but I believe there was a time at camp where I overheard two people being mean about Eleven and then I yelled at them and went away.

  11. Klub Deer looks like legit the greatest thing.

    Well, the entirety of A-Camp looks like the greatest thing. I WILL MAKE IT SOMEDAY.

    • Registration for October camp is Monday! Join us!! It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done with my life, ever.

    • It’s worth flying across the Pacific Ocean for, and it takes a lot of Ativan for me to fly across the Pacific Ocean so I don’t say that lightly.

      • At first when I scanned your comment I thought it said, “And it takes a lot of Activia for me to fly.”

        Which I thought was a pretty deep and beautifully honest confession. And hey, maybe everyone needs some digestive help when traveling, right?

        AUTOSTRADDLE & ACTIVIA. I see a perfect partnership evolving. Let’s hit up their corporate sponsorship division and get a case of it for October.

    • I spent 2 nights in Klub Deer (and part of one afternoon) in a bra/bikini top and blazer. I’m blaming Riese (but it was a good choice, so whatevs).

      Also, the TIGERBEAT picture! Oh, absinthe.

  12. It’s been almost a month and I still can’t decide whether being Carmen’s sometimes lighting director in Klub Deer, having Brandy Howard touch me through a wet tshirt, or being a member of the “Nichols” family was my favorite part of Saturday.

  13. I do have to say that it was a little bit distracting being on the bisexuality panel while the drag kings were parading past the window.

  14. The Bisexuality Panel was my everything, so major snaps for that. It turns out I have WAY A LOT of feelings on this subject.

    I think I had started the feverish writing process for my talent show piece that day so most of my day was spent in a prolonged feelings-induced panic attack w/r/t that. (Sometimes writing is like pulling off all my fingernails but I do it anyway.)

    Also I’m pretty sure this was the night when Leslie and I took off our shirts in Klub Deer.

  15. Ahhh!! I loved camp so much and there’s so much to reflect on!! I came in on the end of the “Your relationship doesn’t have to suck” panel and it was so intense, and during the Q&A section to that panel, I made a really good friend.

    Also, Devyn is amazing, not only because we have the same name, but yoga. All the yoga.

  16. Tooo many good things happened on Saturday. Whiskey tasting was wonderful, although I was late to Dapper Hour because of it. BUT THAT’S OKAY BECAUSE I WAS ENJOYING MY WHISKEY (aside from being hungover to start the session off).

  17. from now on whenever i write that something is mysterious i’m going to follow with (canadian?)

  18. omg ok, seriously, deanne smith. we laughed so hard we cried and stopped breathing and almost saw jesus.

  19. dapper hour <3

    also, most of the VIP cabin did at least three outfit changes a day, it was the best thing, like we considered the entire camp a fashion show

  20. #graceellisbisexual. the #1 trending topic in angelus oaks. the ONLY trending topic in angelus oaks.

  21. All I can say is thank you for not getting a picture of my boobs. My work would not be happy ;)

  22. Probably the excessive amount of red wine I’ve had tonight, but holy shit I love y’all, what a bunch of badasses. A Camp is a thing I need in my life.

  23. Dapper hour was one if the most beautiful sights of all time. It should be added to your bucket list.

    Also, Deanne. So funny, so pretty <3

  24. The only problem with the mentoring thing is I can’t pick just one problem to get mentorated. What I need is a team of mentors. Preferably in HAZMAT suits for their own protection.

  25. I think that Autostraddle does an awesome job of uniting queer people from many walks of life. However, the more I articles I read, the more I feel that Autostraddle focuses too exclusively on the Butch/Femme dichotomy. As a girl whose sexuality, gender expression, and gender identity are too fluid and elusive to pin a label on, I feel a bit isolated. I know that queers in general aren’t separated into these two separate spheres, but when I see things like “femme meetup,” I have to wonder what equivalent of that exists for those who are confused, uncertain, and equally uncomfortable with butch and femme, not entirely feminine or masculine (but uncomfortable with genderqueerness as well). Perhaps my perception is skewed as I am more of a casual reader and don’t see all corners of the site where I might be represented, but I get the feeling that this site might be sorting people into too few bins. I don’t know that posting a comment on this article is the proper venue, or if I’ve gotten my point across as well as I hoped, but I ultimately feel a little lost in this queer community. It is really easy to feel like I’m not actually queer or that I’m not doing it right, and I think many others feel this way too. Or probably the range of queers is an enormous sea of identities with only small sections identifying with butch or femme, but it almost doesn’t feel that way on this site and many other queer internet spaces.

    • Hiya Chloe!

      Your comment is really interesting to me because I’ve heard this criticism before from my wife, but as an androgynous weirdo myself, I’ve never really felt this way. (And I read this site, like, A LOT a lot.) I guess I see stuff that’s labelled “butch” or “femme” as descriptors as well as identities, kind of as shorthand for one end of the gender spectrum. That might be because my personal brand of androgyny is more of an “and” than a “neither”.

      I saw the femme and dapper meetups as just another activity – there were plenty of other things going on at the same time that I attended instead. (Or possibly I sat under a tree muttering to myself while scribbling in a notebook. I did that a lot on Saturday.)

      I do feel you on the sexual fluidity front – my first camp (1.0) I felt like I had to keep my bisexuality under wraps because everyone was like “YAY LESBIANS” the whole time. (And at least I have a female partner – I know people with male partners who just didn’t mention their partner at all during camp. That makes me sad.) But 3.0 was way better for me in this respect, I think because the bisexuality panel existed and that helped raise the awareness.

      I think one of the great things about AS and camp is that they are constantly evolving and trying to incorporate feedback like this. I can’t personally picture what, for example, a meetup for the people in the center would look like, but it sounds like you might! And I’d love to know more, and something tells me the staff would too! And if you don’t, that’s cool too.

      Anyway, I hope you stick around because I do think this site has something for everyone – and if nothing else, there’s also a scroll button for articles that don’t apply.

      AND! If you ever do go to camp, I think the Gender Panel would be right up your alley. I went at 1.0 and I remember touching on a lot of these issues.


      • Everything Dina just said. Gender panel was awesome. And i think that aside from the femme meet up or maybe Dapper hour (which I think represented a variety of gender presentations) there was no real gender presentation specific events at camp. The bajillion other activities at camp were super inclusive. Which is also how I feel about the site as a whole. Something for everybody. Also, this site is run by a group of diverse, non-perfect humans who are trying their best to create an amazing inclusive safe space that I have not found anywhere else.

    • We had a bunch of meetups led or suggested by campers that just wanted to meet similar-minded folk. So while we had the femme/dapper meetup, we also had everything from Canadian to tech to women in science. It’s not at all to put people in boxes, but just simply to let people connect to one another, you know? Throughout camp I spoke to a lot of people that thought about gender a lot and could not/did not agree with the butch/femme spectrum so they just didn’t go to those meetups. And hey, if you come to camp and want to find some people that look at life through a similar lens, send an email to marni or robin (or find them before meals IRL) and they’d be more than happy to make that happen.

    • Hi Chloe!
      I agree with what Dina, Torrebelle, and Kristen have said: You bring up an extremely valid concern, but I feel like AS is the one site (and through A-Camp, the one physical space) where I feel like people are embraced wherever they are on the gender expression spectrum. I don’t identify as butch or femme, but I haven’t felt excluded from the space/site, but I understand that is just my opinion. Like Kristen mentioned, some of the group meetings came up to bring folk together, and each event wasn’t the end-all-be-all of what camp/what this site is. I think AS has always reflected on not just promoting one idea of what queerness is (cause that is impossible and weird and why would we/they do that). But I hope you stick around too, and if you ever get a chance, go to A-Camp because I literally have never seen such a diverse crowd in terms of gender presentation. It literally made me tear up, and I felt really included and safe in that environment.

    • firstly, i’d like to second everything torre, sonia, kristen and dina said. secondly — i own this website and this camp and i don’t ascribe to any kind of butch or femme role, nor does my co-founder & COO, nor do the executive editor, the senior editor, the music editor, our editorial assistant or 75% of our writing team. so i don’t even think it’d be possible for us to pull off a butch/femme-focused website! we actually got a lot of feedback for the first three years of autostraddle that there wasn’t enough on this site for butch or masculine-of-center women, and so we’ve responded to those criticisms as best we can by adding more and more content.

      i think when you look at camp imagery, you’ll see a lot of dapper hour photos ’cause people took a lot of photos at dapper hour. and dress-up clothing for people of all orientations, gender identities and expressions tends to be especially gendered, and people tend to take a lot more pictures when everybody is dressed up, which would perpetuate that conception. also a lot of us dressed up for dapper hour just for funsies (with borrowed bowties, of course)… and dapper and butch aren’t interchangeable terms. if you look at the actual camp schedule though, you’ll see that out of 60 planned activities, only three could be interpreted as being gender-related (gender panel, dapper hour & drag king workshop).

      even though i can’t relate to it, i find it very inspiring the strength that many queers find in their gender expressions and identities — mey’s bit on the femme meet-up was especially touching — and when campers wanted us to make a space for that at camp, we did! as kristen said, we have meet-ups for lots of different like-minded groups of people at camp. and maybe i’m biased, but i’m on board with sonia’s assertion that she’s never seen such a diverse crowd in terms of gender presentation. (including a huge group of people like me, who just kinda wear what’s comfortable and don’t think too much about gender presentation.) it truly is inspiring. of course there’s only one way to see for yourself… :-)

    • Maybe at this point I’m just being redundant, but I have to echo what everyone else said.

      Your comment, “It is really easy to feel like I’m not actually queer or that I’m not doing it right, and I think many others feel this way too.” really spoke to me, because for a long time that’s how I felt about presenting as femme – like if I wore dresses, I wasn’t androgynous enough and people just assumed I was straight. So the femme meet-up, for me, was a chance to spend time with other people who saw my queerness and the way I represent it for exactly what it is. You also have to understand that the femme meet-up wasn’t even on the official schedule, it just popped into being sort of spontaneously as a result of a bunch of femmes wanting to get together and Mey being awesome.

      In the end I really think the lesson we all continue to learn is that Gender Is Hard, for a lot of people, regardless of their gender presentation. Gender with Sexuality Is Hard too, when it seems like there are requirements for what it means to “look” queer.

      And that’s the great thing about Autostraddle. There are so many people here who are also dealing with Gender Is Hard (like, maybe almost everyone, except apparently Riese*). And all those people would be happy to talk about gender, in a multitude of ways, whether it’s about the binary, the spectrum, avoiding labels, embracing labels, creating new labels and identities entirely, etcetcetc.

      (*that’s a joke, nobody yell at me)

  26. After each new Recamp article I want to go to A-Camp more desperately. Such a beautiful location, lots of exciting workshops and panels and so many beautifully diverse queers! Unfortunately I live very, very far away and usually have to work during the time when A-Camp takes place. Hope to make it there some day, though.

  27. Reading these recamps makes me want to go to A-Camp and hang out with all the awesome queer people. Darn living-in-Europe. Maybe some day!

  28. Gah, all of these recamps are killing me (in a good way). Klub Deer t-shirts and flashcards from the sex health panel should be a thing, or like some be illustrated, and some left blank to D.I.Y. TAKE MY MONEY :D

  29. I just love reading the A-camp recaps! I wish there was an Autostraddle camp in south america :'(

  30. Riese, I loved the zine-making activity! I got to make a tribute to Lena Dunham and learn more about zine culture, which made me wish I’d been paying more attention when I was a wee tween in the 90’s.

    Lizz, your sexual health workshop was great! I learned quite a few important bits of information, and I really appreciated the way you addressed my questions. The next time I shop for a toy, I will think back fondly to this session.

    Once again I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to all the staff who worked so hard to make Camp 3.0 happen. I really appreciate your efforts and hard work! You are all amazing <3

  31. deanne smith was pretty much my favorite thing that has happened to anyone anywhere ever. also i never stick around klub deer long (i’m easily distracted) but it’s always one of my favorite parts. the first night at klub deer, when we had shitty speakers and the music was super quiet so everyone just sang REALLY LOUDLY to make up for it – that was one of my favorite moments!

    • even though there were only 14 people in Klub Deer the first night, the singalong style dance party was one of my favorite things.

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