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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Marie Lyn Bernard, aka Riese, is an award-winning writer, blogger, journalist, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in the midwest, lost her mind in New York City and is currently making it work in California. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better, The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image and The Hazards of Being Female," "Dirty Girls," and "The Best American Erotica of 2007," magazines including Nylon, Marie Claire, GO, Curve, Interlude, and CollegeBound, and all over the web including, Jezebel, Queerty, Emily Books and OurChart (RIP). She was the recapper for The L Word Online and host of Showtime’s Lezberado and her personal blog has earned many dubious honors including Best Personal Blog 2008. Riese has spoken about blogging, community-building, feminism, cyberculture and sexuality at places like BlogHer, Yale, New York University, The University of Chicago and The Museum of Sex. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Interlochen Arts Academy and The Olive Garden's week-long training intensive; she enjoys eating foods, having big ideas, reading books & talking to her stuffed dog, Tinkerbell. Also, she's Jewish. Follow her smokin’ hot adventures on twitter. Contact: riese[at]

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