HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEF! LOVE, A+ AND THE INTERNET

Today is our dear Music Editor Stef's 31st birthday! This is a really exciting occasion because if there's anything that makes you feel better about where you are in life than turning 30, it's turning 31. Trust me, I speak from experience.

Anyhow, Stef turns THIRTY ONE TODAY! Stef is a very special human. She's a founding member of Autostraddle.com and has worked all five A-Camps, serving as A-Camp Family Band leader and Get In The Van Icon. Stef is an amorphous weirdo who has many life passions, including Selena, darkness, vegan nonsense, t.A.t.U., her cat that I'm allergic to, and The Spice Girls. Stef knew everybody before they were famous. Stef and I have broken up as friends like 3-4 times in the past seven years, but it's all good now. The first time I met Stef, it was when she got Carly and I into a Northern State concert. The next time I hung out with Stef, we went to a strip club. Stef accidentally ended up in the same place as Kate Moennig twice in 24 hours, which means Ka...

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Riese is the 37-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian 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 2799 articles for us.