One of the longest-running queer blogs on the internet is fundraising for its life.
If you’re reading this website, you’ve probably heard of a site called Autostraddle. Founded in 2009, the blog provided (and continues to provide) a revolutionary platform for independent media focused on culture from a feminist perspective. According to the section about the site, it is “the internet’s most popular, and oldest, private dating site that includes trans and non-binary people and all queer women.” While news outlets like AfterEllen have turned to TERF-ery publishing or outright closed their doors, Autostraddle remains an established voice in media, providing a platform not just for cis women who love women, but for people of all genders, with a focus on uplifting Black and brown people.
But even though it’s a great and unique website, Autostraddle is having trouble going down. According to a fundraising update posted on the site Thursday, the site needs to raise $145,000 in the next few weeks “or it’s over.” While fundraising efforts are routine for the private space, the announcement explains that the site’s co-founder and CEO, Riese Bernard, applied for and received an Economic Property Loan from the Small Business Association ( SBA), awarded to help businesses recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19. It’s the first time the site has taken out a loan, and considering the private equity reports aren’t turning over much money, fundraising is Autostraddle’s only way to fully repay the SBA.
“If we can’t raise the funds we need, we’ll lose all of our huge archive of resources and history on everything from sex to television to many conversations about identity. and politics and relationships,” the post reads, adding. Reports may be seized as “assets” if the debt is not paid. “We will all be scattered to the wind, not changing the nature of the media, not giving poets and trans writers their first few lines, not yet heard the right to write bad news that they want to write.”
Like all good fundraisers, Autostraddle comes with great benefits for donors. Depending on how much money they donate, people will receive a pack of “Gay Agenda” stickers, some super magnets, a (literally) peachy zippered bag, and even a 500-piece puzzle, made up of, queer photography. artist