“As a woman in a lab coat, you’re already defying society’s long held gender stereotypes; as a queer woman, even more so … I still think it takes guts to carve out an identity for yourself that doesn’t fit society’s assumptions, especially if you grew up in a highly conservative peer group like I did.”
I resurrected this incredible column to introduce everyone to Chelsea, a two-time A-Camper and this year’s Kippier Clothier Camper.
Lydia is a queer femme who writes an acclaimed personal style blog, Style Is Style. She’s been featured in BUST and Rookie but this is the very first official interview where she’s talking about coming out and being queer! Also her style is AMAZING. Prepare to fall in love.
Rebecca is a 37 year old electrician currently living with her partner in Philadelphia. She spoke about being an LGBT person and a gender nonconformist working in the trades and being a contestant in the ACLU’s My Big, (Il)legal, Gay Wedding contest!
Jessica has lived in London her whole life but currently attends Cambridge University where she studies English Literature. She spoke about Effing Dykes, intersectionality, mental health issues, and much more.
Straddler On The Street turns one year old today, so we captured Vanessa and insisted she let us interview her instead of vice versa like usual. The results are predictably full of floral print and feelings.
“I am 24 and my partner is in her fifties, and I really really want to talk about my experience in an age gap relationship.” We chatted with Connie, a first generation Asian American currently living in New Mexico, about this and more!
Natalie describes herself as a completely open book, and she’s not kidding! We talked about her transition, building community, and the pros and cons of living in rural Wisconsin.
Abby was the winner of the A-Camp 4.0 Kreuzbach10 campership, and as you might expect from such a human, Abby is sweet, energetic, confident and dapper as all hell. We talked about Ghana, names, gender, telling stories, and A-Camp.
“I’m on a major self-love extravaganza journey.” Lex shares her perspective on religion and spirituality, A-Camp, Reiki, work, art, and life.
Hannah talks about her love for A-Camp, her tricky relationship with her parents, and how it feels to be “gay and female and Asian.” She also offers some really solid advice for anyone who feels a little lost.
Jill/Gilles is a Professional Queer if I ever met one and strives “to bring trans*, female-bodies, queer representation to a community that needs it.”
Juliet is an Australian mum, sexologist, and traveler extraordinaire. She talks about all that and more in this lovely interview.
Mel won the Kipper Clothiers campership this time around, and you’ll know why when you see her amazing style. A third-time camper and longtime reader, she talks about Toronto, working at a hotel, her Filipino family, and (duh) A-Camp.
Charli is a “fat, body positive, queer/pansexual Native American girl from North Dakota” and she has a lot of things to say, especially about addiction, depression, music, and being a good person.
Mandi is the creator of Queerituality.com, a project we told you about a few months ago. She shared the inspiration behind that project, more about her own spiritual journey and how it intersects with her queer identity, and her favorite writers, books, and news sources.
Emily talks about the badass A-Camp tumblr she runs and her camp feelings, her incredible rainbow hair, and how she wants to collaborate with all of you power queer Straddlers.
Shelby lives in Chicago and is on track to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She talks about A-Camp, her wedding, and the costumes she makes for sci-fi conventions.
Amanda is a 24 year old student in veterinary medicine and comparative biomedical sciences at Cornell University who is both a cat researcher and a ball python handler!
Monique talks about being Mexican and queer in Arizona, her favorite artists, and her adorable dog Elliot (who is an extremely well-behaved road trip travel companion.)
If you have read Autostraddle even once, it’s likely that you’ve seen some of Marika’s brilliance in the comment section. She is one of our most frequent commenters, and she was kind enough to chat with me about science, hammocks, food, and family.