You Raised $2K for Women for Political Change at Rise Up Get Down — A+ Members Can Watch the Replay!

On Sunday June 28, the anniversary of the start of the Stonewall Riots, we threw a little digital shindig to celebrate Pride as an uprising and to raise money for Women for Political Change in Minneapolis. We’re giving A+ Members access even if they couldn’t make the live show because they’re the best, so if you sign up now, you just have to await the weekly A+ E-News for details!

Rise Up Get Down brought you porch-sitting vibes and the best kind of house-show-with-friends mood. With readings from high school diaries and comedic anecdotes from El Sanchez that will make you cringe (for other people, not for them!), gynecologist girlfriend flexes and hyper-organized Capricorn quarantine humor from Jes Tom, lyrical prose and magical poetry from The Stars and The Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus-Nasah (who also wrote a piece for Autostraddle’s erotica series SLICK), an earnest, touching, gorgeously-voiced musical performance from Be Steadwell and professional improv levels of MC excellence (plus outfit changes!) from Autostraddle Writer Shelli Nicole (who was just featured in this month’s A+ Insider!) the night was devilishly fun, and you can still tune in by signing up for A+! (AND YOU CAN STILL DONATE TO WFPC THROUGH THE WEEKEND UNTIL 7/6 WHEN YOU WATCH IT! Just click the donate button on your replay screen to open the donation box.) We’re at about $2,000 for WFPC after fees, and we would love to be able to give more from Autostraddle to direct relief  in Minneapolis!

How do members get access? A+ Members receive a weekly newsletter with a roundup of the week’s A+ content and other luscious things! And if you’re a member reading this, yes, you will receive the link and password to catch up on the show in your e-news this week! Thanks for being part of the queer culture club contributing behind the scenes to make Autostraddle go.

Want something to get a taste in the meantime? I have some CLIPS for you! (Note: These are named for moments, not titles of pieces, including book or song titles. Apologies!)

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Nico Hall is a Team Writer for Autostraddle (formerly Autostraddle's A+ and Fundraising Director and For Them's Membership and Editorial Ops person.) They write nonfiction both creative — and the more straightforward variety, too, as well as fiction. They are currently at work on a secret longform project. Nico is also haunted. You can find them on Twitter and Instagram. Here's their website, too.

Nico has written 47 articles for us.


  1. There was some inspiring flirting and surprise backup dancing as well! It was all around lots of fun!

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