Hi there, fireflies! Did you know that we’re fundraising this week? (I bet you did.) But also also also, did you know that as I write this, you’ve helped us get to 54 whole entire percent of our fundraising goal? YOU ALL ARE PERFECT AND AMAZING AND I LOVE YOU.
I’ve been putting together the Comment Awards since 2017, and I feel like I’ve gotten to know so many of you by your comments! I wrote my favorite intro to this column ever on my drive back from A-Camp once, when the highway was long and flat and I was exhausted and grubby and felt so overcome by love for this community that I had to hit record on my phone and capture some of that love to type up later. I’ve met some of my very dearest friends because of Autostraddle. I also miss the readers I no longer see around the site, and hope they’re doing well.
I tell this story all the time, but before I ever wrote for AS, when I was just coming out and my imposter syndrome was on overdrive, I worried that I would never be accepted for who I was, that no queer community would truly SEE me. In the years since then, the Autostraddle community has proved to me over and over again that I do belong, that my voice has worth, that I can be exactly who I am. This week, as always, I want to extend that gift to all of you in turn. Please know that whether you’re an avid commenter or a perpetual lurker, I see you. When I say that I believe in this community, I mean it on a deeply personal level. I’m just SO glad we’re here together. I hope I get to keep celebrating you all in the Comment Awards for another hundred years, at least. I hope Autostraddle lasts forever.
This week, The Last of Us had its season finale, and Valerie Anne and Nic were there with this recap!
I am SO excited for this new column from Sai, The Queer Mom Chronicles. As a queer person who would like to be a parent someday, I can’t wait to see what she dives into!
Dani Janae spoke to Lucy Dacus and Jane Schoenbrun about making their new music video for Nightshift! I can’t stop using exclamation marks today but you know what? Everything is worthy of them!
This made me laugh: I’ll Watch Anything About Women Bullying Men. Guess the byline!
Curious about the Autostraddle business model? Read this explainer from Nico.
Shelli Nicole is at SXSW and had this review of Bloody Hell, a movie that really could’ve made its nonbinary characters less disposable.
Niko had this lovely review and reflection on the new book Running, which looks at the sport through a queer, feminist lens.
A League Of Their Own, my very favorite tv show, is fighting for a full second season. Let’s let Amazon hear our voices!
Read this: How Astrology Helped Me Accept My Demisexuality.
And then there were your comments!
The Baby Girl / Apocalypse Dad Award to fridax:
The One Set of Footprints Award to Christina Tucker and ShrugEmoji:
The Jersey Girl Award to Amy Wesolek:
The Yorkshire Meanie of Renown Award to Elisabeth:
The XOXO Award to Phelan Dante:
The Lesbian Party Bus Assemble Award to alchemille:
And the Queer Blessings Award to Snaelle:
The Unlurk Award to HBomb:
The Throwback This Straddle Award to alchemille and Kesiena:
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