What Is Autostraddle?


Founded in March 2009 by Riese Bernard and Alexandra Vega and still run by a team of progressively feminist queer and trans folks, Autostraddle is a digital publication and real life community for multiple generations of LGBTQIA+ humans (and their friends). The driving fire behind Autostraddle is building a space for lesbians and queer people to be our entire selves, to be known for the multi-dimensional ways we move in the world.

Autostraddle is a serious labor of love that started out as a group of friends trying to change the queer media landscape. Now with over 20 million views per month — it’s the internet’s most popular, and oldest independently-owned, website for lesbian culture that’s inclusive of trans and nonbinary people and all queer women. But popularity doesn’t lead to ad dollars for LGBTQIA+ or women’s media, which is why we still rely on the financial support of our readers to stay standing.

In our past, we’ve been extremely proud to be the winners of the 26th Annual GLAAD Award for “Outstanding Blog,” the2012 Bloggies’ Weblog of the Year Award and to have been a nominee for “Outstanding Blog” in the 24th, 25th and 28th Annual GLAAD Awards.

In 2023, we merged with QTPOC-owned company For Them, combining our dedicated audiences to blaze forward with a shared mission of providing inclusive and empowering content, resources, products and connection for our community.

Our Mission

We actively work to manifest an explicitly intersectional feminism that centers the freedom and joy of queer, lesbian and bisexual women and all genders of trans and nonbinary people of color as well as people living with disabilities. We recognize and support the multiplicity of struggles and unequal, disproportionate impacts our community faces — our fights are not separate, we embrace them as a whole. In all that we do, we strive for Black and Brown queerness is the center, the norm, the future of our lesbian & queer culture — white gay culture is not the default, but just one square of the fabric of our site.

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Meet Our Team.