Happy Birthday Autostraddle: 10th Birthday Cards and Love Notes from YOU

Wow, okay, it’s March 8, 2019, it’s Autostraddle’s 10th birthday, and as always, our community is the greatest thing that has ever happened to any of us.

A few weeks ago I asked you to send Autostraddle birthday cards in honor of our 10th birthday, and y’all more than showed up. Not only did you send cards and love notes, you also sent us homemade vegan cookies, cash donations, and a fucking handmade seahorse enamel charm?!?!?! You’re the best. You’re the actual best. We love you so, so much, and as we always tell you very honestly: we would not be here without you. Not only does your cash money keep us very literally alive, but your support, your love, your community spirit, and your belief in us keeps our hearts and spirits alive every single day. You’ve been keeping us going for 3,650 days. You’re perfect.

Thank you for these warm birthday wishes. Please know that we are gonna tuck them into our hearts, next to all the kind comments and cute tweets and nice Facebook messages and adorable in person convos y’all have gifted us over the years, and we’re gonna cherish them forever, cause we cherish you, our community, forever.

Here are some cute cards y’all wrote us. You kept saying thank you – and we wanna keep saying thank you – so let’s just keep saying thank you to each other, over and over and over, for forever. Thank you, truly madly deeply. Thank you.

Vanessa is a queer feminist writer and photographer currently based in New York. She really misses Portland. Find her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. I love this (enough to log in to my laptop which I hardly ever use, I order to read the cards which I couldn’t read on my phone). I live how fun all the cards are.

    For once instead of Autostraddle making me cry it was Autostraddle readers.

    Also I made the fucking enamel seahorse charm, because who wouldn’t want a seahorse charm?!

    • To be real, I did a final post office run on 3/7, because I couldn’t bear the idea that folks who had sent theirs in late but that had still arrived before 3/8 would be left out. Thanks for sending something in!

  2. Whew. Choking up at the library. I love the other readers like me, and god I love the writers and editors and tech people and people who join A+ or otherwise donate to make this glorious place happen.

  3. These are all sooo beautiful!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3
    Hope the snickerdoodles helped sustain you while you put this together, or in preparation for putting all this cuteness together!!

  4. <3 <3 <3

    Happy 10th birthday!! Thank you for the community, book/comic recommendations, and advice. I started reading autostraddle as a closeted college student 8 years ago and you've provided me with so much. I can't express how meaningful this site has been to me. Autostraddle has introduced me to so many of my favorite books, comics, music, tv/movies, given me the tools to talk about sex and sexuality, and introduced me to tarot.

    Thank you <3 I joined A+ and donated today. I want you to be around for a long time. <3

  5. These are all so lovely!! I worried as I was adding sparkly stickers to mine if I was going overboard, but I see now that rainbows and sparkles were a theme and mine fit right in, ha. Happy birthday, Autostraddle!! <3

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