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. In fact, we’re happy to be running a membership giveaway right now for people unable to support currently who still desire membership!
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 — 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 the A+ Discord Server this weekend), but it’s a choose-you-own-gay-adventure in terms of the amount you contribute!
And there are perks!
So, in addition to every perk that comes with the Gold level, Platinum members get:
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.
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.
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 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
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
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.”
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!
Already a member? (First, THANK YOU. You’re amazing and your hair looks excellent today.)
Support Independent Queer Media
We’re raising funds to make it through the end of July. 99% of the people who read this site don’t support. Will you be one of the ones who do? Joining A+ is one of the best ways to support Autostraddle — plus you get access to bonus content while keeping the site 99% free for everyone. Will you join today?