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.
Founding Co-Director of A-Camp and proud member of the A-Camp Family Band, gearing up for the 2016 one-night-only reunion tour. Spent some time in feminist academia and the non-profit sector before veering into the trades and finally landing in diplomacy. Proud Canadian, aspiring breadbaker, bourbon enthusiast. Started in the comments now she's here.
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 who spent eight years in corporate advertising before being ricocheted into the world of Autostraddle. She's in charge of designing merch and all things advertising–including getting cool sponsors for camp! Into taking her shoes off in the rain, bubble bath soaks, and being enthusiastic on the dance floor. Wants to take photos of you with your favorite A-Camp swag!
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.
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! email@example.com
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.