The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 42, January 2018

Letter From Your Editors

Hello Lesbian Style Icons!

Welcome to another month on this planet! In some parts of the planet, it's really cold. In other parts.... it's not so cold! Well, either way, here's how the handle the weather:

1st: Carmen, Vanessa, Kayla, Audrey2nd: Riese, Heather, Raquel, AE

1st: Tiara, Carrie, KaeLyn, Erin2nd: Casey, Yvonne, Rachel, Laneia

FTR the best way for me to stay warm is to wrap myself in the love I feel for all of you. Anyhow.

If you read my post on Queer TV in 2017 you're aware that things are looking up in that specific department, and we're so ready for 2018 — we've put together an official Autostraddle TV Writers Team to ensure timely and compelling content on the hundreds of new and returning lesbian & bisexual characters that're gonna flip or flop or flourish in 2018. We're also putting together a plan for covering the midterm elections to ensure that our side wins everything, thus more notably enabling us to take over the damn world.


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Riese is the 36-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key power lesbian 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.

Riese has written 2482 articles for us.