We are headed up by camp directors Robin Roemer and Marni Kellison, and we’ve got a gaggle of amazing weirdos who make this the best adult queer camp experience on the planet.
Robin co-directed the first 6 sessions of A-Camp and is excited to be back in the role once again. She grew up going to and working at sleep-away camps and enjoys a really well crafted s'more. Robin is an art director and photographer producing visuals for advertising, entertainment and editorial clients. Her production company, Scheme Machine Studios, is based in Los Angeles and is responsible for the production of Suicide Kale, an Outfest and NewFest award-winning queer film.
Marni has been building out the weird world of A-Camp since its inception, co-directing since our humble beginnings in April 2012. Originally from Ottawa, she now calls Oakland home and works by day as a professional Canadian. She is a feminist by training, a carpenter by trade, and proud founding member of the A-Camp Family Band. Started in the comments now she's here.
Kristin is the CEO and Editor-In-Chief of Everyone Is Gay & My Kid Is Gay, and author of This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids. She also hosts Getting In Bed with Kristin, a live advice video series on Autostraddle, and co-hosts Buffering the Vampire Slayer – a podcast about (you guessed it) Buffy the Vampire Slayer – with her wife, Jenny Owen Youngs.She was once fired for being an absentee camp counselor at age 17 (absence related to falling in love with a girl for the first time) and is now back with a vengeance.
Riese is the aspiring power lesbian who invented A-Camp and is the Co-Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com. She is a GLAAD-award-nominated journalist as well as an other-award-winning blogger, fictionist, video-maker and copy-writer. Her work has appeared in magazines including Marie Claire and Curve and online including Nylon, Jezebel and Emily Books.
Sarah is a biracial femme designer living in Portland. For years she toiled away as a corporate ad drone before being whisked into the dreamy, glittery world of Autostraddle. When she’s not designing new merch, ordering the business womens special, or finding cool sponsors for camp, she’s taking extraordinarily long baths and dancing her brains out. She once recieved the award for “Friendliest Camper” at age 8.
Reneice is a black, queer, plus size femme living in Los Angeles. This gives her lots of content for her position as a Staff Writer at Autostraddle, and her work as a life coach for creatives in LA. She worked really hard and spent way too much money on her Masters in Social Work from New York University, and is an active and vocal advocate for racial equality and justice, LGBTQ rights, feminism, and body positivity. She has a serious obsession with robes and cookbooks, and loves yoga, brunch, and succulents like any good millenial angeleno should.
Lauren Klein is 25 years old and lives in New York City. She recently graduated from Juilliard with a highly practical degree in Trumpet Performance. She spends her days working in and out of recording studios in New York, and made her way to A-Camp by way of extreme organizational skills and a true passion for spreadsheets. A lot of people call her Karen.
Our Senior Staff Consultants
A-Camp is at its best when the entire community commits to making A-Camp a comfortable and accepting space for all campers. We expect campers to be both respectful of differences and patient with well-intentioned mistakes, while being aware that bullying, racism and transphobia have no place here. In order to ensure the best camp possible, A-Camp has four Senior Staff members dedicated to specific communities, serving as consultants to camp leadership and go-to supports for campers onsite. What follows is their own descriptions of their roles at A-Camp.
Carrie writes about disability, fighting the Trump administration, and assorted other topics at Autostraddle. She's appeared on podcasts including Bad With Money, Sex Out Loud, Yo! Is This Racist?, and The Bossy Show, and is an accessibility consultant for the EveryBody Los Angeles gym. She enjoys drinking tea and watching PBS, often simultaneously.
On her role as the Accessibility Maven: It’s my job to make sure A-Camp is inclusive to campers all along the ability spectrum. Come to me if you need to arrange transportation around camp, are wondering where the rest area is, have questions about how to negotiate the site overall, need to make requests about seating during meals and events, or have any other access needs that may come up during your time here. As Autostraddle expands its conversation to include disabled voices, I want to make A-Camp into that rare event that builds access right in rather than treating it like an afterthought.
Abeni Jones is a multiracial black trans lesbian communications professional, educator, workshop facilitator, artist, designer, poet, and writer in Oakland, CA. Check out her stuff at abenijones.net! She loves bouldering, cycling, comics, video games, and CAMPING, and being a part of the Autostraddle family. A-Camp changed her life last year, and she’s so excited for this year’s camp - now in her home state of California!
On her role as C.U.T.I.E. (Consultant/Coordinator Undertaking Trans Inclusion & Experiences):
I’m so excited to make A-Camp even more inclusive, comfortable, and life-changing for trans women this year! I’ll be advising the camp directors on programming, etc. for camp, supporting trans women with camperships, be a resource and support person for trans women during camp, and basically do everything I can to make sure trans women’s safety/comfort/fun is centered at A-Camp X. Trans women: reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns about A-Camp! firstname.lastname@example.org
Mac is a glitter loving pusher of buttons, a queer woman of color, teaching artist, feminist, poet and general rabble rouser. She got her start in feminism from a book of feminist nursery rhymes when she was 6, and her start in pop culture analysis from 9 years of homeschooling (translation: 9 years of TV and movie watching). A firm believer in queering the collective consciousness, she strives to inspire people to redesign their idea of normal and step out of their comfort zone. She takes inspiration from Gertrude Stein, Angela Davis, Faith Lehane, Audre Lorde and bell hooks. Her words to live by are: "Have no filter, give no fucks." Someone once described her as "The love child of Angela Davis and Ru-Paul." She thinks that just about sums it up.
Yvonne S. Marquez is a lesbian journalist and an Autostraddle senior editor based in Dallas, TX. She writes about social justice, politics, activism and other things she's really into like Selena and tacos. As a QTPOC Speakeasy Co-Director, she hopes to create a fun and welcoming space or people of color at A-Camp.
On their roles as QTPOC Speakeasy Leaders: The QTPOC Speakeasy Leaders are representatives for the Black, Indigenous, Mixed/Biracial, Latinx, API and people of color at A-Camp and strive to make camp a more inclusive and enjoyable space for their QTPOC family. In addition to leading the Speakeasy session, The QTPOC Speakeasy Leaders work with senior camp staff to ensure A-Camp is inclusive and welcoming to people of color in its programming, talent selection and creation of camp policies.
OUR FABULOUS A-CAMP COUNSELORS
Alaina is a newly knighted Master of performance studies and current PhD student. They are obsessed with monograms, navy, and tan leather. They only love their cats, their bed, and their mama. A-Camp X will be their sixth camp, and they're thrilled to maybe learn how to do a cartwheel this year. Chat with them about gender and bodies, rituals, performance, play, and BDSM (duh).
Alexis Smithers is a queer black creator based on the East Coast. Featured in wusgood.black, Glass: Poetry, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Freezeray Poetry among others, they’ve interned and worked for Winter Tangerine, interned at Aplastic Anemia & MDS Foundation, volunteered for Self Care After Rape, worked for Voicemail Poems and volunteered for the 2016 Tandem Reader Awards as their Social Media and Technology Intern. They’ve written for 365daysoflesbians, Monstering Mag, and Winter Tangerine among others. They are a 2015 Pink Door Fellow, 2016 LAMBDA Literary Young Adult Fiction Fellow, and 2018 #GrowWithGoogle Udacity Scholarship Student. A web development student at Bloc.io, they work in food production and are staff writer for Autostraddle.
A.E. Osworth is Part-Time Faculty at The New School, where they teach digital storytelling, and they are also the Managing Editor of Scholar and Feminist Online at Barnard Center for Research on Women (Barnard College). They have spent the last half a decade as the Geekery Editor at Autostraddle, where they are now a Staff Writer, and have just finished a novel inspired by the events of Gamergate.
Alyssa is a tiny thirty-something hanky-in-the-pocket cartoonist weirdo constantly working to evolve her art processes and communicate new ideas. They spent the majority of their young life sketching in hospitals, and experienced their first heartbreak at age 8 during game 6 of the '96 NBA championships.
Archie is a professional non-nerdy cartoonist, half of The Fist You Podcast, zine-maker, sexual health educator, and overall an overcommitted busy person. Their new book, A Quick And Easy Guide To They/Them Pronouns, comes out this June. They will always eat the entire bag of Doritos in one sitting.
Audrey lives, writes, and eats their vegetables in Dallas, TX. They're ready to talk about bisexuality, faith, and feelings at A-Camp X and also extremely ready for that water slide.
Lover of animals, spreadsheets and warm socks, not necessarily in that order. Main goals in life are learning and laughing, both things she expects to do A LOT at A-Camp. She got engaged at A-Camp. She got married at A-Camp. She has a cat and a dog that miss her when she's at A-Camp.
Brittney Williams draws cartoons, superheroes, and queer comics for kids. Twice GLAAD award nominee. Aspiring weightlifter.
Cameron is a professional midwesterner and a monthly cartoonist for Autostraddle. She loves bourbon and Cranium and brooding and casual astrology and the fact that Stef has not broken her ankle again (yet). She is now uncomfortable with how many times she used "she" to refer to herself. Also excited to learn what vitamin D is in California.
Carolyn is a hard femme writer and editor with a focus on the intersection of sexuality with cultural issues and public life. She’s written about sex, kink, queerness, polyamory, culture, feminism, bodies, ideas, and her personal life for places like Autostraddle, Nylon, Bitch, Refinery29, The Toast and more. She’s Canadian and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Cee is the Tech Director of Autostraddle - they do all the technical things for the website which include coding, maintaining the servers, keeping everything working, and helping the writers and editors automate things so they can spend their time writing and making great content for you! They also run a small WordPress based website development company. When they're not in front of a computer, they like gardening, making things, tinkering with their house, reading, cooking and baking, traveling, hiking/camping, community building, being outside enjoying nature, and listening to music. They're poly, and are lucky to have really amazing partners. They live in Portland, OR with their two kittens, Tucker and Finley. This will be their 9th A-Camp.
UCLA social psychology PhD / professional data nerd. Volunteer crisis counselor with eight years of experience in emergency mental health services. Amateur mindfulness practitioner trained at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Crafty DIYke with a chemical dependence on green tea. After ten years of academic research, she's applying her expertise in the psychology of human behavior to help organizations optimize their services using a research-based approach. As A-camp’s chief R&D consultant, she wants to pester you with a million annoying questions to help A-camp be even more sparkly and queer!
Gia (or Gigs!) is a jag of all trades from Pittsburgh, PA, working primarily in video, dance, and performance art. When they're not "touring" (finding excuses to visit a-camp family) they can be found running with the Steel City Kitty variety show and the queens of the prestigious Blue Moon, and is frequently spotted clumsily canoeing near the 40th street bridge.
Grace lives in Portland, Oregon and drinks a lot of coffee as a result. She's the Senior Managing Editor of My Kid Is Gay, a site that provides advice and support to parents of LGBTQIA young people, which is pretty neat! Talk to her about podcasts, your life goals, or just let her show you pictures of cute babies. She went to summer camp for 3 days as a kid and cried the whole time, but she promises this time will be different.
Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their zoo of rescued pets. She is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, the Television Critics Association, and Hufflepuff house.
Isabel is a Mexico City native and current Brooklyn dweller. She's a documentary filmmaker by day and expert quesadilla architect by night. She runs a small production company with her brother and has spent the last three years working on her first feature film. She's a mediocre bowler.
Isabella Rotman is a cartoonist and illustrator from Maine living and drawing in Chicago. Her art is usually about the ocean, mermaids, crushing loneliness, people in the woods, or sex. She is author of the sexual health comic You're so Sexy When You Aren't Transmitting STIs, Not On My Watch; The Bystanders' Handbook for the Prevention of Sexual Violence, and Artist in Residence at Scarleteen.com.
Jennifer is currently in a doctorate program in clinical psychology and wants to listen to you talk about your feelings. Her friends frequently tell her that she reminds them of a puppy and frankly she’s okay with that. She can relate to anyone who loves german shepherds, dances weird, or eats at all food trucks indiscriminately. Jennifer is also a supervisor at the Trevor Project and loves mental health crisis services. Her clinical interests include researching how diversity can influence the health of an organization and she wants to be able to use that knowledge to make the world a more inclusive, safer place.