Autostraddle Insider Issue Five: November 2014

Letter From Your Editors

It is the season of thanks and guess what we're thankful for: YOU. Also, a few other things, as pictured:

L to R, starting from the top - ROW ONE: Bren and Willow, Stef and a vegan pizza bagel, Maddie and postcards from friends, Chelsey and Erin, Cara and a giant turtle ROW TWO: Laura and M, Rachel and boxed wine, KaeLyn and Waffle, Laneia and Megan, Audrey and her Mom. ROW THREE: Carmen with Eli and Geneva, Ali and a bagel sandwich, Fikri and her queer friends in Singapore, Hannah and Gushers, Kate and Aimee. ROW FOUR: Lydia and her BFF, Riese and Abby, Robin and coffee, Brittani and basketball, Alley and sake

The holidays are busy and intense around here: we're making amazing gift guides as usual, hoping to rack up 1,000 members by year's end, stocking up on beloved merch and introducing some excellent new merch items that'll really just float your boat all the way down the river into a wave pool of endless love and affection.

Also, Carmen...

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Riese is the 39-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. 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.

Riese has written 2877 articles for us.