I Met Autostraddler Lesbians Last Week, Did You? Send Me Photos!

Probably a lot of you met each other last week, as it was officially International Meet an Autostraddler Week and that’s what you were supposed to do, right? Right. How did that go for you? Did you meet some new friends? Did you talk about books? Did anyone promise to take you to Vegas?

I met some Autostraddlers last week, by the way. And while the location I chose left a lot to be desired, I think it went well. No one cried or made-out and everyone looked very cute / spiffy.

I double-autostraddled two laps, which was just as physically and emotionally awkward as it sounds but could’ve been worse. We were seated at the head of the table and being propped above everyone as I was, I felt very official and like the center of attention. Like I was in one of those movies where people sit at the heads of tables and are official. I was scared.

Steph and Val both brought friends who’d never read Autostraddle, and so they possibly thought I was totally weird / stupid, and that’s ok because I liked them anyway. Mo and I discovered that we both really love 8th Street Ale from Four Peaks Brewery because it’s hoppy, but not too hoppy. Jen and Diana offered to take me to Vegas because I’ve never been, and I think they were serious. Kelley, Anna and I realized that we lived so close to each other, we could probably have brunch at Cracker Barrel (but then Kelley reminded us that Cracker Barrel had a history of bigotry, so we’re gonna go to Hillside instead. I just decided that.).

The best part was that they’d met each other, these queer people. I think we’ll do this again. It wasn’t nearly as terrifying as I’d assumed, and that’s saying a lot.

I tried to take photos but the camera on my phone wasn’t working, which meant I had to ask other people to take photos for me and since Kelley had an iPhone and was seated nearest me, she agreed to snap some pictures.

I’m assuming that most of you photographed your events to some degree, as I feel that is a thing that people do, yes? You should send me your photos. I would like a gallery full of happy, smiling Autostraddlers sitting or standing near one another. I think that would be nice.

laneia [at] autostraddle [dot] com <— send the photos here

Laneia is the Executive Editor and founding member of Autostraddle, and you're the reason she's here. She's 37, has two kids, two dogs, one cat, one Megan, and some personal essays.

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  1. I met Rockford Jenin (whom I already knew/hung out with) and Other Elizabeth (who lives one neighborhood up from me), and Becky (who also lives one neighborhood up!), and Emma who lives in Grand Rapids but was visiting Chicago. Jenin also brought a non-Autostraddle friend who, as it turns out, lives a mere 2 blocks from me! There are also 3 more Chicago Autostraddler events planned before the end of the year (thank you, Other Elizabeth!) so for those of you who aren’t already in on the emails/google docs, hit us up!

    • Okay, 1. Rockford Jenin sounds a bit like a porn name to me, idk. 2. yes, meeting people was AWESOME and I totes plan to do this again, although it may be a while before I have the funds/time to drive in again. Unless one of you is willing to give me a place to sleep/cuddle for a night again (thanks Elizabeth!). Also, I can’t wait to meet more of you and hopefully, one of us will remember to take pictures since I think we all forgot the first time.

      • @ Elizabeth: I <3 being the Other Elizabeth, it makes me sound all sexy and mysterious. Or like a psycho-killer/identity-stealer from a Lifetime special movie…but, I'll take what I can get.
        @ Jules: Sorry if we missed you (there were kind of a lot of emails and I know we missed a few others/things got split in half). Email me, Other Elizabeth, again, at hanson [dot] elan [at] gmail [dot] com.

  2. I met an Autostraddler last week but didn’t know she was “family” until she hit me up on OKCupid yesterday. Also discovered lesbians at the coffee shop.

    I am in so much happy shock right now; I love you all.

    • OMG !!
      I CAME OUT IN SLO !!
      I FELL IN LOVE !!
      Girlfriend, I am sending you such awesome girl-on-girl woo woo white light right now (from 3k away)—it’ll make your freakin’ room glow in the dark!

      And advise from one of your wiser, more experienced Autostraddlers….if you haven’t had sex on one of those architectural structures up in Poly Canyon yet?……you are wrong, get on it girl. (wait for the most awesome summer day ever…..show off your harness tan lines for the rest of the month….oh wait, that was me….)

  3. I just discovered this site. Great articles. I missed International Meet an Autostraddler Week, although here in Canada we may not be auto-straddling as much as our neighbours to the south. I’ll catch it next year 😉 Keep up the great work!

  4. boston’s meet up was really fun and a pretty big group of us stayed at the meeting place until closing. some discussion topics included harry potter, rocket science and old school personals, so we couldn’t really go wrong.

    don’t be an autostraggler, go meet some autostraddlers!

  5. Saw about 15 girls for brunch, though I didn’t get any pictures and had to leave early… well at least I know that I’m not the only autostraddle reader in new york, though possibly the youngest.

    • It’s good to be the youngest. I was the youngest by a long way in the first proper internet community I joined and it was probably the best thing that happened to me. I got to learn and grow and be around amazing people and all that good stuff. I miss being the youngest, boo, bring it back.

  6. Fairly certain that there is only one other autostraddler in Vegas and even though we are facebook official we missed out on meetup week. Are there any more of you out there? And if you guys actually do make it put to Vegas hit me up! laurenoldfield08 [at] yahoo dot com

  7. I wasn’t comfortable putting my email up. Now I feel I may have missed my chance. But if anyone is near Waco, TX (or not. whatev.) email me at MR.Z_2014 [at] yahoo dot com. Let’s get acquainted.

  8. Any Sydney Autostraddlers around?

    If so would any be interested in meeting at Glitta Supernova’s upcoming night (one half of gurlesque (was Sydney’s best lezzie night), who have apparently gone their separate ways ). A night of girls doing fantastic burlesque for girls? Yes please! Watch it with wickedsmart Autostraddlers? Double yes please!

    THIS FRIDAY AT THE RED RATTLER.

  9. I sent Laneia our photo from NYC autostraddling. I’m sorry to the girls I forgot to take a photo with. I’ll have my camera and my memory ready next time. I think we had 7 of the (actually 16) in the photo. Wheeee. Keep me posted too. NYC meetup was wonderful. Mimosas again please.

    -Lauren

  10. Funny story — I didn’t arrange to meet up with autostraddlers, but when I went to see Harry Potter last night, my school friend and I ended up talking about RENT, and she was practically quoting the article from here. Guess I did end up celebrating meet an autostraddler week anyway

      • @taylor that’s cool, i know a young group called BAGSLY that does alot in the community. You have to be under 21 to be involved.

        @Dani I’m not sure what the South is going to do, but it needs something other than Gay Pride in Atlanta (which I totally love by the way). I know the GSAs from different colleges and high schools get together sometimes…at least Alabama & Mississippi does.

  11. DId you know Meet an Autostraddler Week falls in December in New Jersey? Crazy, amirite?

    Totally went on a haunted pub tour (and then to the homobar) with a fellow Jerseystraddler yesterday and had a superfuntime. The rest of you Jerseystraddlers need to come down to Asbury, good times abound!

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