Hi hello fellow gays and queers, lesbians and bisexuals; it is Monday and look where we are! $53,713 of the way to our goal. That’s 45% in six days, people.
You may have noticed we just launched our second 2020 fundraiser. This is exciting news for a lot of you, but we recognize that it also might be an alarming or even annoying announcement to others. So we wanna answer some questions about our fundraising that we’ve gotten in the past, and just dig into what we’re doing and why.
Autostraddle leadership will your questions live (virtually) with our voices and faces! Ask about the vision, the fundraiser, what we’re planning, our favorite cookies — we want to hear from you and then talk to you through a screen!
If you’re asking “why fundraise now?” the answer is twofold.
I hope you sit for a moment and know that you gifted us — and so many other people — with a serious dose of hope. You are making sustainable, community-supported independent queer media possible.
Because we all need some queer joy in our lives, we’re going to throw you a (pay-what-you-want) variety show if we meet this goal! Think comedy, think music! Think of all of us pretending we’re bumping into each other in front of a stage and spilling drinks and showing off haircuts maybe done by a professional (or a friend who was able to come over) and laughing (well, you can still laugh from where you are) all together. That’s what it will be like in spirit. I want this so much for us! If everyone who clicked away the pop-up today gave $9.35, we’d ZOOM past our stretch goal!
Instead of preparing for doom, I can’t help myself from planning for the utmost beauty and enjoyment, for pleasure and laughter, for sharing stories and connections, regardless of whatever else is happening. Here are the near-future plans I’m inviting you to invest in with me on Autostraddle, during this final stretch of our fundraiser!
You ALL came together to get us to $100,000 and we believe you can get us to $50,000 more. 79% of the donations that made $100,000 possible were $50 or less! We mean it when we say that this is an effort of everyone coming together and donating what they can to make a huge difference. Together, you and we are powerful. We can make change happen. Let’s never forget that.
You’ve done so much for us, we want to do something for you, too — something fun and high-energy! So we’re bringing back last summer’s intensive and deeply fulfilling one-day fundraising flash sale!
Do you know?! Did you hear? WE MADE IT TO OUR MATCH GOAL! That means we’ve unlocked $23,000 in match funds. We’ve also reached a total of $76,217, which brings us 76% to our goal! Thank you. It’s because of you.
In a time when digital resources and connection are more vital than ever — including workplaces that employ LGBTQ people sustainably — Autostraddle wants to not only keep our lights on, but ensure they’ll keep burning as brightly as possible.
Help us reach our stretch goal and you could win an Autostraddle merch package!
Our fundraiser perk super special You Need Help is here!
We hadn’t planned anything beyond our original goal, but your belief in us has taught us a new kind of hope. Today, we’re introducing a fundraising stretch goal of $25,000 intended to help bring our senior staff salaries to a more manageable place.
For the past five-ish years, I have worked in the hellish, uncertain landscape known as the media industry. I have written for well over a dozen publications. None have made me feel more valued for my work than Autostraddle.
We’ve spent years — our whole lives, sometimes, it seems like — talking about what our community could look like if we weren’t spending all our time and energy on just staying alive, a feeling that queer and trans people know all too well. With your help, we’re excited to find out what thriving looks like.
If “oh yeah I should probably join A+” has crossed your mind at some point and you’ve not taken action on it, today’s your day! We’ve got so many reasons why, including this awesome sticker sheet we’re giving out to new Bronze, Silver and Gold members!
This includes very important holiday shopping information and other ways to help us year-round. Some of the things are free and some cost money but the one and only way to find out is to open this post and then read it! xoxo
In honor of our 2-year anniversary, Bronze members will be able to access the entire archive of Silver/Gold A+ content from July 11th-15th. This would be a great time to join or renew!
We’re sending exclusive Gal Pal and Scissoring stickers (which will never appear in the Autostraddle store) to A+ members who want them, so maybe this would be a good day for you to join A+.