Autostraddle is an independently owned online magazine and social network for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women (cis and trans) as well as non-binary people. The website is a "politically progressive queer feminist media source" that features content covering LGBT and feminist news, politics, opinion, culture, arts and entertainment as well as lifestyle content such as DIY crafting, sex, relationships, fashion, food and technology. Autostraddle was founded by CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief Marie Lyn "Riese" Bernard and Design Director Alexandra Vega in March 2009. The senior editorial team consists of Riese Bernard, Laneia Jones, Rachel Kincaid, Yvonne Marquez, and Heather Hogan. Feminist Collections has highlighted Autostraddle's successful balance between serious, political and light-hearted articles.
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|Owner||The Excitant Group LLC|
|Created by||Riese Bernard|
In the 2012 Weblog Awards, Autostraddle was awarded Best Weblog of The Year, Best Group/Community Weblog and Best Entertainment Weblog. Autostraddle was nominated for GLAAD's Outstanding Blog Award in 2013 and 2014, and won in 2015. One of their articles,"105 Trans Women On American TV: A History and Analysis" by Riese Bernard, was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the category of Outstanding Digital Journalism in 2017. Autostraddle was nominated for GLAAD's Outstanding Blog Award in 2018.
Revenue and funding
In an article for Nylon Magazine, founder and Editor-in-Chief Riese Bernard discussed Autostraddle's alternative revenue strategies in the context of the rapid disintegration of queer women-oriented publications and online spaces.
Autostraddle creates queer community both on and offline. Online, Autostraddle carries on the tradition of such historic lesbian publications as The Ladder by providing a forum where lesbians and queer women can discuss relationship dynamics, radical queer politics, economic injustice, and much more. Autostraddle facilitates offline community development through A-Camp (see below), local gatherings such as annual “Holigay Meet-Ups” and its Pride Meet-Up Month, which are organized by users with Autostraddle's support and promotion, and Queer Girl City Guides (see below). Autostraddle also offers ideas, tips, and resources for hosting a meet-up.
In April 2012, the first A-Camp was held as a pilot at Alpine Meadows Retreat Center in Angelus Oaks, California, where 163 queer campers and 35 staff members gathered to enjoy a weekend full of various panels, workshops, discussion groups, classes, entertainment and other activities.
Ensuing A-Camps have been larger, with between 300–400 campers in attendance per camp, including staff, and have taken place in the same location in California in September 2012, May 2013, October 2013, May 2014, May 2015 and June 2016. A-Camp took place in Wisconsin in October 2016 and May 2017, and the event moved to Ojai, California in May 2018. Special guests at A-Camp have included Mary Lambert, Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, Julie Goldman, Brandy Howard, Be Steadwell, Mara Wilson, Gaby Dunn, DeAnne Smith, Hannah Hart, Somer Bingham, Lex Kennedy, Megan Benton, Mal Blum, Dannielle Owens-Reid, Kristin Russo, Jasika Nicole, Jenny Owen Youngs, Julia Nunes, Brittani Nichols, Mollie Thomas, Haviland Stillwell, Ashley Reed and Sarah Croce. A-Camp was the subject of Episode #14 of WNYC's Nancy Podcast, "Kathy Goes to Camp."
Queer Girl City Guides
As part of their travel section, Autostraddle began publishing Queer Girl City Guides in 2012. Queer Girl City Guides are user-created, Autostraddle-approved guides to cities in the United States and abroad for queer women moving to or traveling to a new city. Through conversation-like copy and photos, the guides discuss places to dance, eat, drink, be entertained, party, play sports, get a “lifestyle haircut” or tattoo, celebrate pride, purchase LGBTQ books and publications, participate in activism, and more. The guides also provide insight on local colleges, gayborhoods and neighborhoods or places to avoid. Some guides also include sections on trans culture.
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