FRIDAY OPEN THREAD: I’m Leaving Autostraddle, Let’s Talk About Our Favorite Autostraddle Things

Hey family! I know that in the last open thread I said I was going to stop being the Trans Editor but still working here, and I’m sorry to say that it’s time for that to end too. Working at Autostraddle has been my dream job and it’s been my dream community, but it’s time for the next phase in my life, so I need to say goodbye.

But I’ll still be around. You can follow me on twitter and instagram, and I’ll be putting up some writing on my patreon if you want to find a new way to support me. You’ll also see my writing in other places around the internet and in print soon. I’ve got good things coming up. By the way, that feature image is because I am the Glee of Autostraddle staffers.

At my first A-camp with Hansen, Yvonne, Somer and Brittani

My favorite thing about being a part of the Autostraddle family has been you guys, the readers who have become my family. When I joined Autostraddle I had been out for less than a year and had just lost my church family when I came out.

I know it’s schmaltzy to say that you guys are my favorite part of Autostraddle, so let’s pick a few other things. Obviously anything that Riese (especially this essay) has written is my favorite, as is anything written by Heather and Gabby Rivera. I love all the essays by incredible trans women we’ve published. God I love this essay by Rachel. I love love love love love love love this Anonymous Sex Toy Review of the Njoy Pure Plug and I think about it and the ways it changed my life at least once a week. I loved watching Kaelyn’s Countdown to Baby T. rex and I love her now as a mother. I loved my Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Awards. I love everything ever read at one of the A-Camp staff readings. I love the friends I made and the family I built.

I remember on the shuttle on the way to my first A-Camp when Hansen put her head on my shoulder and slept. I remember meeting Laverne Cox and hearing her gush about how much she loves Autostraddle. I remember Riese paying for me to get my name legally changed. I remember meeting my future girlfriend at an Autostraddle meetup at ClexaCon. I remember every time one of you has come up to me anywhere and said anything about my writing meaning something to you. I remember all the wonderful ways the editors, my co-workers, and you readers have supported, encouraged, and loved me.

I want to know, what are some of your all-time favorite Autostraddle memories? Is there an article you loved or a meetup that changed your life? Did you discover a new passion through AS? Let’s share some love for this website before I leave.


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Mey Valdivia Rude is a bisexual Latina trans woman living in Los Angeles. She's a writer, comic consultant and a trans activist. She's a bruja, a femme, a pop princess and she loves comic books, witches, dinosaurs and crying. She has a cat named Sawyer and a very successful twitter.

Mey has written 575 articles for us.