One of the longest running and most popular blogs on the internet is fundraising for survival.
If you’re reading this website, chances are you’ve heard of a site called Autostraddle. Founded in 2009, the blog provided (and still provides) a revolutionary space for independent media focused on culture from a feminist perspective. According to the site’s about section, it is also “the Internet’s most popular, and oldest independently owned, singles and all-female dating site.” Even as blogs like AfterEllen pursued TERF-ery publishing or simply closed their doors, Autostraddle remained a strong voice in the news space, providing a platform not just for feminists who love women who love women, but for young people of all genders, with a clear focus on uplifting people. black and brown.
But despite being such an important and unique website, Autostraddle is in danger of going under. 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 gone.” Although fundraisers are the norm for a private site, the post explains that the site’s founder and CEO, Riese Bernard, applied for and received a Small Business Association (SBA) Disaster Loan, which was given to help businesses recover. economic impacts of COVID-19. It’s the first time the site has taken on debt, and considering that queer independent shops aren’t doing well financially, fundraising is Autostraddle’s only way to fully repay the SBA.
“If we can’t raise the funds we need, we will all lose our vast archive of resources and history for everything from sexuality to queer television to many critical conversations about identity and politics and relationships,” the document reads, adding. the archives could possibly be considered “assets” if the loan is not repaid. “We’re all going to spread on the air, no more changing the face of the media, no more giving writers and writers some of their first lines or unheard of freedom to write the weird stuff they WANT to write.”
Like all good fundraisers, Autostraddle comes with great benefits for donors. Depending on how much money one gives, people can get a pack of “Gay Agenda” stickers, cute magnets, a peachy (literally) zip-top bag, and even a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, all made and modeled after the queen. singers.