The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 59, July 2019

Letter From Your Editors
Hello New Pals and Old Pals!

This month's collage challenge was to show a picture of yourself traveling, a challenge which apparently stymied the vast majority of our team members who didn't contribute pics to the collage. I (Riese) personally misunderstood the challenge but listen, it's been a busy month:

Top: Kayla // Laneia's dog Penny // Drew // ReneiceBottom: Vanessa // Riese // Heather // KaeLyn

Wow guys, wow!!! This fundraiser! You! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

This beautiful team and all the hard work they've put into making this a SMASHING SUCCESS! Listen: I knew, numerically, that we had a lot of readers. But in the past two weeks we've heard words from so many more readers directly than ever before — via your notes with fundraiser donations, your support on social media, your responses to newsletter emails, your messages to us directly, your stories in the 616 writer applications we're currently going through. Today we got...

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Riese is the 37-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 Jewish 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 2728 articles for us.