The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 79, April 2021

Letter From Your Editors
Hello to my April flowers!

And speaking of flowers, this month's prompt was take a photo next to a flower/ something green/something growing, and here we are, clutching on to spring with all our might:

Top: Nicole // Shelli // Dani // Meg // Drew // Vanessa // RachelBottom: Kayla // Ro // Sarah // Stef // Carmen // Laneia // Heather

Well this month just FLEW RIGHT ON BY, didn’t it? I’m sitting here with a blank page trying to look back on it for you, and? It’s a blur. A blur of hard raw emotion in the face of another slew of very public police murders, of the trial of Derek Chauvin, of facing the vulnerability and stress of looking to protect yourself and your loved ones and track down even just one vaccine appointment. Of getting sick form those vaccine appointments (and still being glad you went through it). And precariously, on the flip side of all this, clawing ourselves out of winter — of facing longer days and sunlight and rain that promises us ...

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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.