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 40-year-old Co-Founder and CEO 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 California. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," 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. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!

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

    It’s a tough one.


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