The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 82, July 2021

Letter From Your Editors
Y’all Summer is officially 2/3rds over and I am in p r o t e s t. It’s going by way too fast, with entirely too much chaos, and not nearly enough watermelon lemonade slushies! But we are making the best of it, hey look at our cute team and our cute lil summer vibes!

Top: Drew // Riese // Carmen // Kayla // Vanessa // Casey // SarahBottom: Laneia // Heather // Meg // Ro // Stef // Nicole // Shelli

I know that I say this basically every month (got keep ‘em wanting more, amirite?) but we have some BIG changes coming up at Autostraddle! Like on Thursday night I was here working until I literally said to Riese “my eyes are getting blurry at the keyboard letters” and Riese was like “go to bed” (which I did!) and I do believe that the next few months are going to be tight and tbh a little overworked, but damn — wait until you see what we are building on the other side of this. Sometimes growth is hard and we’re also going to have some of that in August too, but...

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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 351 articles for us.