Introducing A+ Platinum

We surveyed and asked, planned and discussed — and we came up with a new A+ level! When we introduced Cobalt ($4 a month) in 2015, it was to make A+ accessible to a larger group of people.

Platinum is kind of the opposite of that — an option for those of you who want to give more than our current levels allow and really level up the number of times in any 24 hour period you’re reminded that they’re an A+ member! You’ll have a mug, a keychain, a hand-sewn bag, a bookmark, and your choice of book! You can feel absolutely A+ about keeping queer media alive throughout all your daily activities.

Every member level — from our $30/year Cobalt members to our $500/year Platinums — gets access to the same A+ content and community (like A+ Pop-Up Discord Servers), but it’s a choose-you-own-gay-adventure in terms of the amount you contribute!

And there are perks!

A photo of the A+ platinum box full of goodies.

So, in addition to every perk that comes with the Gold level, Platinum members get:

The Bag

A small game playing item plus note book plus pencil plus necklace and small piece of gum all find their way into the roomy A+ platinum bag in this gif. The bag has the same hand pattern by Ren Strapp as the mask in our store, with various gestures, but in the A+ lavender color scheme with pinks, purples and black

This bag is lovingly hand-sewn by Jess Sheeran with a design by Ren Strapp. Lined with lavender satin and roomy enough to fit all your stuff: make up, Tarot cards, notebooks, sex toys, cell phones; it is a star piece of 100% gay engineering.

The Mug

the a+ mug on a lilac background.

Indoors, outdoors, this lightweight and durable mug says “I support queer media” and maybe also “I am over-caffeinated.” The metal mug is generously sized at 15oz and is black, speckled with white, with a white A+ logo and the message, “Support Queer Independent Media” on the back. It’s great way to signal your support of queer media to a cutie across a campfire or in your next tea + a good book selfie.

The Keychain

a black motel style keychain with silver imprint that says Autostraddle Plus Official Member, with the A+ logo surrounded by a halo of lines

We all have keys (likely) and this motel-style keychain reads “Autostraddle Plus Official Member” with a radiant plus sign. Attach it to your keyring, use it as your keyring, put it on your carabiner. The A+ community may be a digital space, but this very tangible plastic keychain will be a reminder that you’re always welcome.

The Bookmark

stop motion animation of our bookmark jumping into a copy of "zigzags" by kamala puligandla

The beloved “Read a Fucking Book” design has re-emerged on sturdy cardstock with a holographic design on matte black, always there to remind you that you’re reading a fucking book. Which brings us to the most exciting element of the Platinum Box…

The Choice of Gay Book

Like your own queer book club subscription service, you can choose from one of these recently published LGBTQ books! Right now, you can choose from:

A Quick & Easy Guide To Sex & Disability by A. Andrews

“Some able-bodied readers may be tempted to think this book is just for disabled people and their sexual partners; I urge you to reconsider. For me, this book is an opportunity to learn, grow, and make my work as a sex educator more intersectional. It has tips for communication and getting to know your body that are helpful to everyone.”

isabella rotman

A World Between: A Novel by Emily Hashimoto

“A World Between delivers a contemporary feminist love story that’s as sexy as it is smart and as fun as it is joyful.”

Julie R Enszer

Ace: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen

Read an essay adapted from Chen’s book here.

Everybody (Else) Is Perfect: How I Survived Hypocrisy, Beauty, Clicks, and Likes by Gabrielle Korn

“A collection of essays that straddle the line between cultural criticism and personal narrative, is a bold and complicated meditation on media, feminism, and the internet, written from the perspective of a thoughtful and deeply honest insider. It is also very, very gay.”

vanessa friedman

Everything is Beautiful, and I’m Not Afraid by Yao Xiao

“Everything Is Beautiful is one part beloved comics, one part brand new material, and all parts trademark Yao — warm colors, probing questions, deeply personal reflections, and an endless exploration of the binaries Yao has spent her life trying to navigate.”

Heather Hogan

Plain Bad Heroines by emily m. danforth

“Plain Bad Heroines is a book that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck, even as it surprises you with the occasional sweetness, and renews your appreciation for masterful story-telling.”

Lindsay Lee Wallace

The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean

Read the author’s essay about how writing this novel helped them come out here.

You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

“the story of a bisexual, love-addicted, Palestinian American woman, toggling present life in New York City and flashbacks from childhood trips overseas.”

Sarah Yanni

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Read Leah Johnson’s essay about how queer YA novels taught her to write her own happy ending.

Zigzags by Kamala Puligandla

“Ultimately, Zigzags was fueled by the nostalgia for all the places I’ve loved and left and missed. There’s a lot of flirting and parties and witty banter, but it’s very much about the necessary and heartbreaking recognition of when it’s time to move on.”

kamala puligandla

Small Surprises

We’ll be sure to drop in small surprises to our boxes like an extra coupon to our store, just to add a little more love.

Yearly Updated Gift Box

Every year, toward the end of the year, Platinum members will be able to choose another book and get another, smaller box of perks sent to them as thanks for their continued support!

Interested?

Join A+ Platinum

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Before you go! It takes funding to keep this publication by and for queer women and trans people of all genders running every day. And A+ members keep the majority of our site free for everyone. Still, 99.9% of our readers are not members. A+ membership starts at just $4/month. If you're able to, will you join A+ and keep Autostraddle here and working for everyone?

Nicole Hall is Autostraddle's A+ and Fundraising Director, and has been fundraising and working in the arts and nonprofit sector for over a decade. They write nonfiction as well as aggressively gay and sometimes spooky fiction. They live in Pittsburgh with their partner, Sadie. They are also a gardener, project queer, witchy/wizardly human and BFF to a lovely senior rescue dog. You can find them on Twitter and Instagram as @nknhall.

Nicole has written 42 articles for us.

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