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Autostraddle Needs Your Support To Survive!

Autostraddle.com has always been a completely free online magazine and social network and staying independent and accessible is essential to the work we do. As a politically progressive queer feminist media source, we tackle topics rarely addressed in the mainstream, support new writers, highlight neglected voices and give some damn good relationship advice — things that serve our readers but don’t attract much attention from advertisers or investors. That’s why 96% of our revenue comes directly from you, our readers.

That’s why, in 2014, we created Autostraddle Plus as an easy way for readers like you to ensure Autostraddle’s survival and, in return, get some truly awesome perks. We rely on A+ to cover 60% of our monthly operating costs. But we’ve fallen short of that goal in 2018 and need 500 new members and/or level upgrades to see us through 2019.

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What is Autostraddle Plus?

Autostraddle Plus offers readers a peek behind the curtain of Autostraddle with A+ swag, Insider “newsletters,” special discounts during Autostraddle merch sales and essays/interviews/roundtables from the previously-very-hidden parts of our hearts, souls and pants. Best of all, you’re helping us keep Autostraddle.com free for everybody.

Unless, of course, we have to shut down altogether. As LGBTQ+ identities become more accepted, grassroots communities like ours that helped make that acceptance possible are losing writers and ad dollars to deep-pocketed media companies with a sudden interest in telling our community’s stories.

We do a lot with a little around here. We all work remotely with no central office, operating on a budget that is one-twentieth of the size of our competitors. We do social media, ad sales, tech and accounting — jobs most sites have entire dedicated teams for —on top of our full-time jobs as editors, community managers, writers and designers.

A+ is a sustainable way for LGBTQ+ people and allies to opt in to a system that financially supports other LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people, like our enormous network of queer writers and creators.

If we’ve helped you, consider helping us — make a one-time donation or join A+ today!

Autostraddle Plus Perks

Monthly A+ Membership Level

A+ Cobalt Membership

$4/mo

  • Special A+ circle on your avatar
  • A+ Content 
  • Access to members-only A+ inbox to submit tips, feedback, and advice questions.

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A+ Bronze Membership

$6/mo

  • Official A+ Member Sticker
  • Special A+ circle on your avatar
  • A+ Content
  • Access to members-only A+ inbox to submit tips, feedback, and advice questions.

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A+ Silver Membership

$12/mo

  • “I Support Autostraddle” Enamel Pin (ships late-August)
  • A+ Sticker Sheet
  • Official A+ Member Sticker
  • Special A+ circle on your avatar
  • A+ Content
  • Access to members-only A+ inbox to submit tips, feedback, and advice questions.

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A+ Gold Membership

$25/mo

  • Choice of A+ Members-Only Gold Gal Pal T-Shirt or Scissoring Tote
  • “I Support Autostraddle” Enamel Pin (ships mid-August)
  • A+ Sticker Sheet
  • Official A+ Member Sticker
  • Special A+ circle on your avatar
  • A+ Content
  • Access to members-only A+ inbox to submit tips, feedback, and advice questions.

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FAQS

How will this change Autostraddle for non-members?

Not one bit! No really, not at all. I mean, every now and then a post will pop up on the homepage that you can’t access without a membership, but members-only content will exist in addition to all the great work we already do, not instead of it. We’ll never publish something on A+ that would have been written if A+ didn’t exist. We need our words to reach as many eyeballs as possible and in order to succeed as a website in general,  and personal essays are some of our best-trafficked and most shared pieces of content. So trust us that deciding to put a specific piece of personal writing on A+ rather than on the mainsite isn’t a decision we take lightly.

What if I already donate to Autostraddle?

If you’re already signed up as a regular donor to Autostraddle on PayPal and would rather funnel that donation through Autostraddle Plus, it’s no problem! Both services offer easy cancellation, and then you can just sign up with Autostraddle Plus now. If you’d like to donate via Paypal subscriptions AND Autostraddle Plus, we’re totally okay with that too, just for the record.

What if I’d like to donate more than $25/month?

Easy! Just use this nifty donation link. Donating through Paypal won’t make you an A+ member, but why not do both?

Can I give an A+ membership as a gift?

We’re working on this and will announce when we have that feature available.

What do these special posts consist of?

That is one of the most exciting parts of this project! It’ll be stuff too personal or personality cultish for the mainsite — we do exclusive Advice features as well as series like “Interviews With My Ex-Girlfriend,” excerpts from our diaries, annotated song lyrics by kickass queer musicians, and roundtables about intimate topics like internalized homophobia and lesbian bed death.

How will I know about the special posts?

A+ content will show up on your homepage and in your RSS feeds just like regular content — but only members will be able to read the article by clicking on it.

I’m broke but want to join A+ so bad. Is there hope for me? What if I already donate to Autostraddle?

We’ll periodically host contests on the main site to give you a chance to win a membership!

When will I get my t-shirt?

You can expect to receive yours within 2-4 weeks.

I want to support Autostraddle but really couldn’t care less about your behind-the-scenes newsletter or special snowflake personal feelings, how can I do that?

You can do that through this! Just sign on up… and don’t read the A+ posts. Simple!

I’m a merchant who would like to offer a special deal to A+ members, who should I talk to?

Hit up sarah [at] autostraddle.com.