The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 43, February 2018

Letter From Your Editors

Hello heart-shaped boxes!

The original publish date for this Insider was the 16th, which would've been HOT on the heels of Valentine's Day, for which we created you this collage of beautiful hearts:

1st row: Alexis, Audrey, Carmen, Carrie, Casey, Erin & Carol2nd row: Davidson, Heather, KaeLyn, Laura, Mey, Molly3rd row: Laneia, Rachel, Raquel, Reneice, Riese, Sarah4th row: Stef, Tiara, Valerie Ann, Vanessa, Yvonne, Abeni

Wow so much has happened since last we spoke. For example, A-Camp registration opened and filled up in a matter of mere days! The "campership essays + request for donations" post won't go up 'til later this week but we've already had tons of donations— including a couple who can't make it to camp this year mailing us a check so somebody else can, a camper earmarking her funds (and frequent flier miles) for a trans woman to get to camp, and another designating their campership donation for a queer black camper specifically. We've learn...

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Riese is the 36-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com 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 2523 articles for us.