The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 63, November 2019

Letter From Your Editors
Hello tiny evergreen trees!

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It's a bizarre twist of televised timing that The L Word is coming back just as the decade closes out, bringing us back to where we started from, here  — brought together once upon a time by stories that felt compelling to us in a way we weren't all quite ready to name but needed, just the same, to talk about. Or maybe what we really needed was a space to begin telling our own. Recently in Slack, Heather shared a Marie Claire article from 2009 about Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page and it was wild to remember a time when a not-out lesbian and her straight best friend eyeing each other flirtatiously was worthy of no less than 16 articles and a spot on our "2009 Icons" list. Now we have over 150 TV shows with queer characters that aired in 2019, part of  a massive database listing hundreds of shows that tried to show us who we are. "Settling" always fel...

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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 2753 articles for us.