Take Autostraddle’s Big Queer Money Survey So We Can All Prosper

Wow, money is everybody’s absolute favorite thing to talk about and think about, especially in online surveys. Right? Well, just kidding of course it isn’t but we’re hoping you like us more than you dislike talking about money, and you’d be so kind as to participate in this very important survey about two things: 1. Money (how you earn it and spend it), 2. Autostraddle (how you feel about it and do/don’t spend money on it).

There are questions about charitable giving, loans, living situations, discretionary spending and so much more!

Basically, we are trying to sort out our financial future (to sort out if we have a future at all) and understanding more about how our audience (a.k.a, “customers”) do money is very useful information for us. We do a lot of planning around what we imagine your financial realities to be, but very rarely ask you directly about it aside from an annual income question every few years or so on a random reader survey. Some of what we’re asking you for though are just pieces of information that we think will be valuable and compelling for potential posts about how queer women and trans people do money.

As you can see, I’m launching this survey at 9pm PST on a Monday night, which I expect to be a relatively slow time period on the internet. So if you spot any errors, please let me know in the comments so I can fix them before we social media this thing tomorrow at full force! However, when I fix a mistake, it sends everybody in progress on the survey back to the beginning of the survey, so I’m only gonna fix things that are really crucial rather than just suggestions, which I instead will file away on my extensive list of life regrets.

From our test runs, it should take you between 10 and 25 minutes to take this survey.

Take The Survey Now!

Riese is the 39-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Weird is queer money day or something, cause I was listening to NPR today and they were talking about a queer money podcast that just came out. Its called Queer Money Matters if I remember corecly.

  2. This is going to be so interesting!

    Also: Don’t be like me, be smart and convert your income from whatever currency to Dollars right away… (I eventually went back and corrected the numbers.)

  3. I’m glad I came on Autostraddle today; filling this out finally got me to get around to becoming an A+ member, which I’ve been meaning to do! (Facebook has recently been my de-stresser-mindless-scrolling habit these past few months, but freaking MoMo keeps popping up on my Facebook timeline, so here we are.)

  4. Note to people taking the survey: when you get to question 34 asking about your partner’s gender identity, don’t worry that there’s not a corresponding question about your gender identity. There are a bunch of questions about how you identify at the end of the survey.

    Not to Riese: question 37 (partner’s gender identity) does not include agender as an option but question 84 (survey taker’s gender identity) does.

    Will question 39 (whether you combine money with significant other) be interpreted in conjunction with question 51 (your share of the rent/mortgage)?

    If I check “other” in response to questions so that I can provide more details but my response is accurately summarized by another option (for example, on the student loan question #67), will you be able to count my response as the option that best summarizes it or will that mess up your statistics and I should just pick the option that fits best and not provide extra details?

    And now time to go back and actually take the survey because I am a weirdo who likes reading all the questions first before answering for real (and am always afraid I’m going to get to the end of the survey and accidentally submit on the read-through but that didn’t happen here so yay!).

  5. The question on amount of money in savings is a little ambiguous to me. Does this include retirement accounts or just your evergency fund (liquid savings)? Adding some clarity could lead to more consistent answers across participants

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