The Autostraddle Insider: Goodbye Rachel Edition

Letter From Your Former Editor-in-Chief

We are gathered here today on this final day of Rachel Kincaid's tenure at Autostraddle dot com to say goodbye to this person we have known and loved for some time.

As legend has it, Rachel Kincaid commented on the recap of our 2009 Pride Situation — in which 15 interns from around the world converged into one hotel room for one wild weekend of marching, drinking, escaping homophobic parents, light fighting and deep gay bonding — to note "i am a little embarrassed by how bad I want to be an autostradle intern. autoembarrsassing."

By October, Rachel's dream would come true as she joined the Intern Team and was almost immediately cc'ed on an email in which I was attempting to assign a duty to Rachel and our then-COO asked "who the hell is Rachel?"

This is who the hell Rachel is: she's whip-smart, cynical, funny, weird, patient, helpful, perceptive, wise. I fell in love with Rachel as a writer when the Prop 8 trial beg...

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Riese is the 39-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of 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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