Welcome 300 New A+ Members! Announcing a Mini Stretch Goal!

Look at that — in only 8 days, YOU MADE OUR 300 MEMBER GOAL!

This is great news for us and our financial sustainability — and more importantly, great news for all Autostraddle readers. The more people who join A+, the better the site is for everyone — we have more resources and stability to sustain new programs, take on new writers, and hire more queer people, and can continue to fund things like new tools and infrastructure, paid leave for illness or bereavement, and increased efforts toward accessibility. We can also ensure we’re here (along with our extensive archives!) for the next generation of queer & trans people.

We understand that many people — maybe you if you’re reading this — joined A+ because they’re in a place in their lives right now where they can support and they want Autostraddle to be around, even for people who can’t support right now.

Times are tough, but A+ is $4 a month, and of the thousands of people who tune in to read Autostraddle every hour, we have to hope that there are 50 more folks who can join and pay it forward for other gay people! Are you one of them?

This feature has an updated tracker on it! It says: Autostraddle Needs You! Join A+ Today! 4/50 reached of our member stretch goal. 6 days left

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But wasn’t the 300 person goal what you needed?

The 300 people who signed up have given us an incredible gift, and we are grateful down to the bottom of our lavender gay hearts. We initially set the goal of 300 people because we thought that was what we could do in two weeks; YOU ALL DID IT IN JUST ABOUT ONE. We’re in a place where we need as many new members as we can get, and since we were already planning to run the drive through the 30th, we’ve set a stretch goal.

To break down our situation right now:

  • As I said in our announcement, an ideal number of A+ members for our budget right now is several thousand more than where we’re at. 50 more folks signing up gets us ever closer to that goal, and helps make us more stable in the meantime. It’s a long road but we’re walking it!
  • As you might know from our last fundraiser, we had enough to be funded through July! Running this member drive helps us out with that whole thing that comes after July. Every bit, every person helps, and makes future fundraisers less frequent with lower goals.
  • This stretch goal still happens to be being declared JUST before a couple of awesome A+ only events! We never put anything vital behind the paywall, but we do sometimes put some fun extras – like tonight’s Strap-On workshop and the Discord Server this weekend with BOOKSMART watch-a-long with Kayla!

At the end of the day, it’s still Pride; we’re exhausted but also working hard and full of hope, trying to be there for each other. Will you join A+ to be there for other readers?

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Not sure yet? Check out our A Day of Work series to see the behind-the-scenes of the work you’ll be supporting. And again, if you’re already an A+ member, thank you.

Before you go! It takes funding to keep this publication by and for queer women and trans people of all genders running every day. And support from readers like you keeps the majority of our site free for everyone. Still, 99.9% of our readers do not support. Autostraddle is fundraising right now to keep our site funded through January 2022. Will you join our community of readers in helping to keep us around?

Nicole Hall is Autostraddle's A+ and Fundraising Director, and has been fundraising and working in the arts and nonprofit sector for over a decade. They write nonfiction as well as aggressively gay and sometimes spooky fiction. They live in Pittsburgh with their partner, Sadie. They are also a gardener, project queer, witchy/wizardly human and BFF to a lovely senior rescue dog. You can find them on Twitter and Instagram as @nknhall.

Nicole has written 48 articles for us.

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