The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 64, December 2019

Letter From Your Editors
Hello Harrys and Sally!

Look at everybody just really committed to existing this year:

1st row: Malic // Casey // Adrian // Sarah // Laneia2nd row: Dani // Meg // Carolyn // Heather // Himani3rd row: Shelli // Drew // KaeLyn // Kayla // Malic again bc we didn't have enough to fill out the whole collage HI MALIC :)

I don't think any of us would've predicted the 2019 we've had — wild highs, devastating lows, areas of unexpected progress and so much overdue reckoning and rebuilding. And even though it's hard to imagine from this stationary bike that is literally going nowhere (as I write this on my notes app on the gym), I do think we are getting somewhere. And we couldn't have done that without your support.

When everything was broken this fall, the one area around which I was not experiencing an immediate and overwhelming panic was our short-term financial solvency. When I looked at how other companies had managed corporate crises and repairing the ...

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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 2781 articles for us.