This Checks Out Is Our New QTPOC Newsletter: Let Us Slide Into Your DMs

Please allow me to paint you a picture.

You know when you and your friends are sitting around on a lazy day — maybe you’re at the tail end of a lake hang on a blanket, maybe you’re on the couch with your feet up or on a forever-long train ride — and your mind starts to pick up the same old cycles it wants to rerun — like how much money is in your bank account and is this really a relationship you want  and are you doing enough with your life? And then somebody, thankfully, interrupts with a thought-provoking story, after which, you’re like “mhhmm, exactly that” or “bahahahahaha” or “I was just getting into that with so-and-so!?!”

This Checks Out Is Here For That.

You can now sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter, curated by Carmen and Kamala, that features work by queer people of color FOR queer people of color — because isn’t that the dream?

We are that somebody (yes, Aaliyah) dropping you something relevant, thoughtful or just purely entertaining. We want to save you from anxiety about laundry or that white lady at work or your latest identity crisis. We want to remind you that we’re part of a dope community — with inbox candy that includes:

  • Great writing from Autostraddle and the broader internet by the baddest queer writers of color — dare we say, the true voices of our generations?
  • The delightful music, podcasts, videos, and more that we’ve got in our queues
  • Smart, hot, queer Black, Indigenous and Brown creatives, activists, nerds, who are impressing and inspiring us
  • Anecdotes and MAYBE even the occasional joke from our lives out in the wild world

We’re really proud of the amazing body of work by queer writers of color that’s been gracing the homepage of Autostraddle of late. You don’t want to miss these gems. And you don’t need to dig for them.

Join our party! Get This Checks Out delivered to your inbox every other Wednesday. We will do our best to blow your minds, because YOU are the ideal QTPOC audience we’ve always wanted. And let us know if there’s something you want to see in this newsletter — it’s yours too!

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The Speakeasy

The QTPOC Speakeasy is a collective of Autostraddle's writers of color.

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  1. I’m so excited for this! I signed up as soon as I saw it on the sidebar of the website! (The graphic is beautiful, by the way)

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