You Should Go: Come Talk About Queer and Feminist Media With Us at UW Madison!

Next Tuesday, any of y’all who live in or around Madison, Wisconsin are in for a real treat. Team Autostraddle is comin’ to town! Or at least four of us are: Managing Editor and Head Bisexual in Charge Rachel Kincaid, QTPOC Speakeasy Editor Gabby “Wheeze Laugh” Rivera, Writer Who Makes You Cry Whitney Pow, and yours truly, Feminism and Straddleverse Editor Carmen Marie Apollonia Rios. (I took Apollonia as my confirmation name, did you know? You know now.)

On Tuesday, April 28, we’ll join the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Campus Women’s Center Coordinator Marie Gorman in a conversation about queer and feminist media as resistance and probably also how much we like working here. Doesn’t that sound amazing? I know it does. So come on down!


The event starts at 6PM on Tuesday, April 28 in the UWM Memorial Union at 800 Langdon Street and will go for about an hour. RSVP on Facebook and tell all your friends to come love on us! We’d really appreciate that. Or I mean, I would.

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

Carmen has written 919 articles for us.


  1. !!!!!!! THE ONE TIME I AM LIKE OH I’M FROM WISCONSIN, I WILL NOT BE IN THE STATE. I AM UPSET! IT’S FINE! EVERYTHINGS FINE! (this is really cool and I wish I could be there to support you all)

  2. i am here to say i am also accepting suggestions for lunch and dinner in madison as well as drinks as well as cheese stores

    • If you enjoy beer and want good variety in your food selection, I’d definitely suggest eating at The Great Dane (123 E Doty St) for dinner. They make their own beer and it is excellent (may I suggest a Stone Scotch Ale).

      Also, they have a menu (upon request) that breaks down which menu items contain which kinds of food products, so it’s rather easy to select something if you have dietary restrictions.

      I’ve ordered at least half the things on their menu and have never found something I didn’t enjoy. Also, they have great cheese curds. It’s all kinds of win.

    • If you like coffee, head to Barriques… for dinner, I am a big fan of The Icon (although if you are looking for a more Wisconsin-authentic feel try The Old Fashioned or The Tipsy Cow). If you are looking for vegan and/or gluten-free options, Willy St is your friend (lots of options in that area–just Yelp “Williamson St”)

    • ALSO I should add that if you fly in/out of MSN and get coffee at the airport, ask for the “white espresso beans”. Idk why they are so good, they just are and idk where else you find them but it’s always a good treat so don’t miss out.

    • As a fairly recent Madison transplant, I highly recommend all of the East Side neighborhood…. Williamson (Willy) St and Atwood are the main streets to hit up. It’s a bit more artsy-crafty queer and less dude-bro than downtown. Maduson’s West side is pretty much a suburb.

      Mickey’s tavern is great… cozy dive bar with much better than average pub food (try the super sexy fries!) and a great beer selection. Mixed crowd– hipsters, queers, hipster-queers, but still has a nice neighborhood feel. Right off the bike path.

      Weary Traveler is also awesome for lunch/dinner, but a little harder to find as they don’t have much in the way of signage (it is also kitty-corner from the neighborhood gay bar, Plan B).

      Lazy Janes for breakfast and amazing scones.

      Green Owl for the vegans among you.

      That’s all I got! :)

  3. In Madison the best Madison places to eat are often places with Pub Food (Cooper’s Tavern, Old Fashioned, Tipsy Cow). Brasserie V is also good. You can get good cheese at like Fromagination or even a nice grocery store like Metcalf’s.

  4. I am going to try to move heaven and earth to get to this! I go to college in La Crosse, about 2 hrs from Madison. Hopefully I can make it! I don’t have a car at school, though, so we’ll see.

    • i really hope you make it! if you do, you would deserve a crown or something right. i could swing that probs.

  5. WHAT!! Aim more south next time you guys. It was the best thing ever when Gabby and Laura were at my Christmas party…. :)

  6. Lemme know if you need a queer city / food / drink tour guide. That’s pretty much my professional jam (also I wrote the Queer Girl’s Guide to Madison for Autostraddle, FWIW). ;)

    • deeply ashamed i didn’t immediately go looking for one of our city guides! take my lesbian card away. TAKE IT AWAY. ok no give it back. but yes i am gonna use it as my guiding light and thank you for putting it into the world!

  7. Bummed I can’t make it to this tonight. I hope Madison shows you a good time, you’ve gotten lucky in terms of weather! Enjoy all the beer and cheese.

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