International Know Your Straddler Week

International Know Your Straddler Week is the time-honored, first-annual, second chance to make a good first impression on your local Autostraddlers. It’s the perfect opportunity to be more charming than you were the first time you met everyone. Or maybe wear that blazer you like so much.

autostraddle meet-ups look like this

So International Know Your Straddler Week will take place between February 23 – March 5, which you may notice is actually a week and a half. This time around, really make an effort to get to know your neighborhood Straddlers! Plan to meet somewhere exciting and new. Possibly you could bring a friend along, perhaps an ex-girlfriend or two. Maybe play a game of Never Have I Ever, otherwise known as All the Sanctimonious Gold Stars Stay Sober While Laneia and Riese Get Plastered.

In the spirit and style of the much loved International Meet an Autostraddler Week, some editors have already arranged dates and times in their cities. If you’re interested in coordinating something locally, email laneia [at] autostraddle [dot] com and I’ll put your contact info on this fabulous shiny website. Then hoards of intelligent, quirky, sexually charged queer people will hunt you down and wait for you to tell them where to go. Sounds fun, right?

Only share meet-up details via email, not in the comments!


Wednesday, February 23
contact: laneia [at] autostraddle [dot] com


contact: rachel [at] autostraddle [dot] com


Thursday, March 3
contact: crystal [at] autostraddle [dot] com


Saturday, March 5
contact: edieirons [at] inthefire [dot] com


contact: sarah [at] autostraddle [dot] com


contact: caitlinmae [at] gmail [dot] com


a brunch situation
Sunday, February 27
contact: eabwritesdesigns [at] gmail [dot] com


contact: laura [at] autostraddle [dot] com


contact: emilychoo19 [at] gmail [dot] com


contact: [at] gmail [dot] com


Saturday, March 5th (Location and Time TBA)
contact: alex [at] autostraddle [dot] com


contact: yan [at] wooooo [dot] sg


Friday, March 4
Saturday, March 5
contact: pluraliser [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk


contact: cstreeting [at] gmail [dot] com


Saturday, March 5
contact: heathergfroehlich [at] gmail [dot] com


contact: masonjar.9 [at] gmail [dot] com


contact: agregister [at] gmail [dot] com


contact: mattimatti [at] gmx [dot] eu


contact: quix-ot-ry [at] hotmail [dot] com


contact: kristin_fardy [at] hotmail [dot] com


contact: lindsayeanet [at] gmail [dot] com


Saturday, February 26
contact: hayley.e.ware [at] gmail [dot] com


contact: desireedermody [at] yahoo [dot] com


haricot.vert [at] hotmail [dot] com


contact: ajmartucci [at] comcast [dot] net


contact: jgl8011 [at] gmail [dot] com


contact: daphne_duck [at] hotmail [dot] com


contact: notquitestarving.artist [at] gmail [dot] com

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  1. Well, unluck in luck. Something is happening, not just in Canada but actually in my city, but I won’t be there to see it for precisely that week and a half. Oh well, have fun (youluckybastards)!

  2. Id have one in Dublin but I fear id be one of around two people there and I feel that may might be a bit awkward?! Maybe there’ll be more people around during Dublin pride in the summer we could have an AS meet up then if this one doesnt happen! :-D I hope the rest of the meets are great fun!

    • Hello fellow Brummy!

      I indeed live in Brum but I’m away all next week…

      Are you a Loft / Gale / Village kind of girl?

      Drop me an email at scotton86 [at] hotmail [dot] com for shits and giggles.

      • Darnnn…y’see I’m on half-term, being 17. :’) I am totally a Loft/Gale/Village kind of girl, though.

        If it’s doable the week after I am free on Thursday/Saturday/Sunday and I have a couple of similarly-aged friends who read Autostraddle but haven’t signed up that I could get to come. :)

    • Yes yes, Birmingham!
      Although, it has to be said, I am not in possession of enough courage to turn up to any kind of meet-up which makes this post mostly pointless, the minute remaining portion of point being that you will now know there is one more out there in Brumland somewhere. Which is always good to know, I think. Plus, I might turn up next time!

      P.S. None of you will know me but I did make another post somewhere on the site once before and I feel compelled to say Autostraddle, I’m baaa-aack.

      OK enough narcissistic carry-on.
      Cheerio Autostraddlers.

      P.P.S. Oh yes, on a more general note, I went on to bloody Firefox to type this due to the much-mentioned Chrome x AS problems, which doesn’t sound like much of a big deal until you know that somehow my Firefox was long ago infested with some kind heinous trojan virus doohickey, and I only kept it because I am too lazy to save all my bookmarks……hello, tangent! Anyhow, totally worth it. Even when my precious thousands (read, actually tens) of pounds get stolen by online bank fraud people. Love for Autostraddle.

      P.P.P.S. Yes I am having one of those days, where the words just have to come out somewhere. Phew. Long-windedness over. Sorry.

    • hey! are you a lawrentian by chance? that’s how people from exotic places like hawaii end up in appleton, right? lawrence was super gay when i was there (graduated last year) and i bet there are at least a half dozen readers on campus. email me if you want and i could probably put you in touch with some people. rachel jay russell [at] gmail dot com (full name disclosure… oh well)

  3. HI if you live in montreal or surrounding area:

    i am not here feb 18-27 so the meetup will be like march ~4 or something. feel free to do something earlier if you want! if you didn’t come last time and want to come this time, shoot me an email and i’ll include you in the giant email thread that’s about to happen.


  4. Some of us Ohioans met up last time and a few of us have since met up again! Both meetings were in Columbus but I think a couple of the girls from Columbus might come down to Athens, where I am, to visit sometime. So anyway if there are any other Ohiostraddlers, holla at us.

    Sadly/not so sadly, I will be moving to LA in June, so I’m hoping another one of these events will happen after I get there!

    • we definitely have readers in new orleans, because they are all up in my sitemeter making me think my brother is reading autostraddle and then i realize it’s not my brother, it’s like 500 other people. WHERE ARE YOU BITCHES

      • Yeah, I just googled LA from Sac, and its about 6 hours, so if we could at least get one in San Francisco, I think thats more logical. I would still shoot for Sacramento itself, though. Or somewhere within an hours drive, but I would still need to carpool with someone. We should try our own get together!

        Why don’t you be the co-ordinator for this, since I know nothing about CA, being new here and all.

          • Idk, I don’t want to be getting on a train possibly very drunk. If I can’t get something closer, I’ll probably just get drunk on my own and pretend I’m there.

          • Okay folks, for Sacramento meetup:

            kitsuina at hotmail dot com

            We can work out the details as we move along~ I definately won’t make it to LA, and highly doubtful about SF, but Sac might be feasible.

            Also, if I misspell anything, it only means I already started the partying. And B&J margaritas are awesome. That is all.

          • I’m just going to ask again here. Anyone up for San Francisco sometime during the first week of June? Anyone?
            I’d really like to make that week as gay as humanly possible. Please help me out here.

  5. Londoners (England, that is), I’ve put myself down as organiser – email me at with ideas or to register interest, and once we’ve got a few more people I’ll send a group email to check when is good for everyone.
    So far I’m thinking around 4-5th March, but open to suggestions/ doing a bunch of different days for people who can’t make it. Anyways, drop me a line!

      • If there aren’t more Tucson people to meet up, perhaps some of us Phoenix folk could possibly maybe just set up a mini-road trip-esque kind of deal? I really don’t need much persuasion if there’s any sort of road trip involved really. And the drive isn’t *too* bad; I work at shows down there every couple of weeks….so….yeah.

          • I work some metal shows down there. Used to be at The Rock, but now we’re moving a bunch of the shows to Club DV8 (which I still haven’t been to yet actually…). The Rock is an okay place, but the fact that they have one of the best sandwich shops RIGHT across the street = love. ANYWAY…

            I’m sure there wouldn’t be a problem setting a lil’ meet-up deal whenevs you’re here. I’m fairly certain the majority of us are still recovering from last night’s meet-up – it was pretty intense.

  6. trying to decide if a 4 hour train ride is worth meeting up with the Chicago straddlers. They are pretty amazing, and a brunch situation sounds too good to miss!
    How far would you go to attend one of these meetups?

  7. HI ALL,
    My partner and I live in the Phoenix area and are SUPER excited for a meet-up! We just moved here 2 months ago and so have no friends as we have no clue how to make any in a city of this size so this is a great opportunity to meet some great Straddlers that we can hopefully befriend!! :)

    • I tried to start one in LA a few weeks back, so I sent an email to everyone who left their’s in the comments, but I think my email went to everyone’s junk folder! Also, I’m really bad at organizing stuff like this, but I tried!

    • I found a group of people from NC last go round from primarily the Raleigh/Durham area, but I’m limited in terms of travel at the moment. I was hoping to find someone closer possibly… *sigh* It will all get better when I transfer to UNCG in the fall.

      • oh, for sure! i’ve only ever passed through greensboro on a greyhound bus but i’ve heard it’s really nice. it was really pretty! and i think i read in the waiting for superman post that you’re an elementary ed major? that is so cool :]

        we should have an internet meet-up for the north carolina folk; this state is quite wide, ha. we could organize a skype chat or something? my e-mail is sarahb[dot]harlow[at]gmail[dot]com if that is helpful to you.

  8. Chicagoland Autostraddlers! I am making our Sunday brunch reservations tomorrow Wednesday the 23rd since there are going to be at least 12 of us, so if you haven’t contacted me already, please do by tomorrow/Wednesday afternoon! Thanks muchly :)