The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 76, January 2021

Letter From Your Editors
Hi! Hello! Welcome! It’s a New Year, and we are tackling it with some new notebooks and some stubborn We Can Do It energy!

1st: Rachel // Malic // Laneia // Drew // Meg2nd: Nicole // Heather // Vanessa // Casey // Stef

Well my friends, January really came in swinging, did it not? There was an insurrection, an inauguration (funny how those words rhyme), a pandemic that funny enough still wasn’t cured when the clock struck 12 on New Years Eve, and at least from my bedroom window — lots of cold, lots of snow, and long dark nights. A friend recently joked to me “the thing about January is that she’s going to make sure you feel each and every one of her 31 fucking days.” I’m not sure if that’s ever felt more true to me than this year.

But also, I just polished off a plate of pancakes and bacon with a warm mug of hot chocolate, so maybe things aren’t that bad. At Autostraddle we have been working day-and-night for a lot of exciting things to come! I know we...

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Carmen is Autostraddle's interim Editor-in-Chief and a black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. There were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

Carmen has written 305 articles for us.