The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 62, October 2019

Letter From Your Editors
Hello Scary Spices!

Wow, everybody looks truly terrifying. Look at this haunted house:

Top: Carmen, Drew, Malic, VanessaBottom: Stef, Shelli, Valerie Anne, and Carmen again bc LOOK HOW SCARY THAT MASK IS

Let's get this out of the way straight off: this is the first piece of A+ content that has dropped on your laps since the last time we had an Autostraddle Insider! For that we are sorry! Honestly we are attempting to do nothing less than change literally everything about how we operated before, which means establishing processes for things we used to just do by the seat of our sweatpants. It's hard work. But! We are getting closer and closer to the light at the end of the tunnel, and I'm told that the light at the end of the tunnel is going to be really glorious and we're all going to bask in it like we just came out of the womb? Or like the end of a movie where there's a big dance number and lots of colored lights and a really intense lesbian couple ...

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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 2772 articles for us.