A-Camp September 2012: More Spaces & New Faces!

So, A-Camp September is only TWO months away, can you believe it? We cannot. We just cannot believe it, it’s even more unbelievable than Not-Butter or Not-Yogurt or your Not-Girlfriend. If you’re new here or have no idea what A-Camp is, check out our A-Camp page for recaps from our first A-Camp and information about the next one Basically, it’s all of us and all of you on a mountain for five days, with panels, workshops, games, dances, performances, crafting, sports and so forth. It is, one could argue, QUEER UTOPIA.

Anyhow, I have some very important camp announcements to make. Firstly, there are more spots! Due to a number of ultimately uninteresting circumstances, we have about ten open spots for A-Camp 2012. In other words, there’s still time for your dreams to come true! If you were hesitating before, you should really move past that and take the plunge:


Register For A-Camp 2012 (Sep 12-16th, 2012)


We’ve also added lots of new activities to our roster. I know what you’re thinking: this is gonna be a really talented mountaintop. It’s basically the San Bernadino Womyn’s Music Festival, except with cabins and bathrooms. 


Look At This Fucking Lineup:

if you want to make out with all of these people, that’s nothing ot be ashamed of

We’ve also added two guests to our team: Autostraddle Den Mother Vikki (of uppoppedafox.com) and Autostraddle 2013 Calendar Girl Morgan McCormick (Trans Labyrinth).

Our roster of activities is progressively growing increasingly awesome. Beth, the Fearless Leader of Alpine Meadows, is leaving the pool open for another week just for us. In addition to all the arts & crafts, hiking, sports and campfires, there will be sessions on things like DIY home projects, comic-book making, slam poetry, introversion and songwriting. You can fulfill your dreams of singing sensationalism at Glee Club, compete in Autostraddle Jeopardy to become Autostraddle’s Next Top Intern, or share all of your feelings in group therapy sessions conducted by an actual professional [pending]. That’s like 10% of what we’ve got going on so far.

We’ve got a great group so far: about half of you are under 25 and half are over 25. We have 31 Canadians, six Australians, five United Kingdomers, five other Europeans and one lovely lady from Singapore. Within the US, we’ve got campers coming from 34 different states, including 84 Californians, 17 Southwesterners, 30 Midwesterners, 44 Easterners, 15 Southern folks and 26 from the Northwest. So many new people to meet!

If you’ve already registered, be sure to “like” the camp facebook page and to check in there periodically for announcements.

Also — we’re having a really hard time getting in touch with a lot of you who registered in May or June but haven’t made further payments or responded to emails, even though I know we said like a gabillion times that it’s uber important for you to check the email address that you gave us.

If you’re on this list, please check all your folders for a.camp.september [at] gmail [dot] com emails, riese [at] autostraddle [dot] com emails and anything from the regonline.com system. We need to hear from you! We miss you and want to make sure you don’t miss out on camp:

Amy W.
Aurelie M.
Becca S.
Caitlin G.
Chloe J S
Deborah J
Erin C
Jackie V
Jenner D
Kaelan C
Kaitlyn M-H – also, your emails are bouncing back to us
Katie B
Kayla B
Lindsay P
Michelle M
Natasha C
Rachel JR
Samantha T
Sharon N

That’s all! Thank you for your time and patience.

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com 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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    All the hot people are going! And I can’t because it’s like 2 weeks after I go to school. Ughhhhh.

    • Just do what I did – have all your classes on Monday and Tuesday!

      (Also, I know this is totally valid because it was actually my mom’s idea. I’m sure she’d say it was ok for you to do it too.)

    • Hahahah, I’m starting an MFA just before A-Camp but it’s during a week with no classes so off I go!


    My excitement for 2.0 is exponential, so I’ll probably be frothing with joy the week leading up to camp.

    • We should have a Canadian edition. Or an east coast edition. Or at least something I can access from Quebec.

      • I’m from Quebec and I’m totally going into debt in order to attend, you can be fiscally irresponsible to! I believe!

    • Wait. You’re going? You mean I can actually sit and chat with you NOT on the last full day? Ok, that’s it. I’m officially hosting a Whiskey Circle Social!

  3. I wanna gooooo!!! Why did you have to wait til I joined the Peace Corps to start doing these? I can forgive your oversight as long as there is one next spring that I can attend once I finish my service. Please and thank you.

    • Second that, leaving for Army basic training and won’t be out till February. Hoping for A-Camp May so so bad. I’ll be devastated if it doesn’t happen :(

  4. I don’t need to student teach, right? It’s not important for my degree, right?

    Someone tell me it’s okay to skip half of one of my first weeks of teaching…

    • having survived the emotional hell of the first two weeks of student teaching, i’m gonna say NOT OK, even though you’re going to want to leave more than a little bit.

  5. I will make A-Camp one day in the future even if it costs me an arm and a leg. If Croce isn’t at that camp, I will be most upset and attempt to drown myself in whiskey. Okay that’s all.

  6. I keep forgetting I’m doing this (WHY?!) and then remembering suddenly while doing something ordinary like eating deviled eggs and I just get really stupidly happy.

  7. allison weiss
    allison weiss will be at a-camp

      • I think we need to make an AG doll for camp, and take pictures of her doing all things awesome. IT WILL BE LIKE YOU’RE THERE.

        • 1. papi, even words on the internet still hurt.
          2. i LIKE THIS IDEA as long as kait is in charge of it because i don’t trust any of the other chatters, quite honestly.


    And then my mom got breast cancer.

    So. Yeah.

    Never mind.

    (I will actually be trying really hard to get to the next camp if there is one. I have a feeling I will be needing it.)

  9. I just made the impulse decision to register and buy my plane ticket and I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED! I have been telling everyone I see or talk to that my dream is coming true – I’m going to gay camp! My friend got concerned and thought I meant a “pray the gay away” camp a la “But I’m a Cheerleader” haha. I even posted the news to Facebook (kind of the first public reference I’ve made to being gay although I’m out to close friends and family) so you know I’m excited!

    See you all in a couple months!!

    • There are simply no words for how much I love this! Find me at Camp and we will toast your brave impulsiveness!

    • I’ve been calling it “Lesbian sleep away camp.” I stopped when a friend said “you know that basically sounds like an STD waiting to happen, right?”

      So now it’s back to just “camp.” And I’m either so excited I can’t contain it, or so nervous I’m going to barf. It’s a toss up.

  10. 6 australians, 5 from the UK, 5 mainland europeans and 1 asian

    A-Camp is brought to you by Globalization®

  11. Stop taunting me with these posts!
    Someday I’ll be able to afford transAtlantic flights. Someday…

  12. Working to make sure students turn out to vote so Obama gets re-elected….or Allison Weiss.

    It’s a tough one.


  13. This is all terrifingly exciting. Also, just terrifying. Last payment made. It’s official.

  14. Question: Flights finally booked! Could you send me a link where I can pay for shuttle service? :^D Gracias!

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