The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 80, May 2021

Letter From Your Editors
Hey there (almost) summer sun rays! Welcome to your Insider! We are proud of some things, and so we sure did take pictures with the things that we are proud of!

1st: Meg + divorce // Drew + TikTok // Shelli + tattoo sleeve // Stef + new apartment // Vanessa + exciting secret news2nd: Nicole + pottery // Heather + walking // Casey + a whole human // Ro vs Chicago's Mayor // Laneia + living room livability

It’s Memorial Day weekend — a fact of which I conveniently forgot and so, even though we technically do get Memorial Day off as editors (this was not always true! But we are working very hard at finding a more sustainable work/life balance, growing up, ya know what I mean) I conveniently forgot it was a holiday, and so here I am. Working. I will say that I made a fancy yogurt parfait out of some Chobani from the back of the fridge, Cheerios, cut up strawberries, and a dream. So it’s not all bad!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend it outdoors at ...

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Carmen is Autostraddle's 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 353 articles for us.