The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 19, January 2016

Letter From Your Editors

Hello lions, tigers and bears!

It's me, Riese, your favorite high-speed rail. I've gotten less than four hours of sleep for three consecutive days, which means my brain has fallen out of my ears. Once upon a time I was very young and could pull this kind of thing off. But then you grow up and research under-eye cream and everything changes.

But you know what makes me happy? SEEING THE HAPPY FACES OF MY AUTOSTRADDLE TEAM MEMBERS!!! Look at them:

1st row L to R: Carolyn, Rachel, Riese + Abby, Audrey, Nikki, Aja2nd row L to R: Aisha + her Mom, Alaina, Kayla + Banana Pudding, Carmen + Eli, Laura, Stef + Anna3rd row L to R: Maree + Pina Colada, Maddie + Chloe, Isabel, Mey + Gabby, KaeLyn + Waffle, Erin + NKOTB4th row...

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Riese is the 40-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in California. 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 3019 articles for us.