We are headed up by camp directors Kristin Russo and Marni Kellison, and we’ve got a gaggle of amazing weirdos who make this the best adult queer camp experience on the planet.
CEO and Co-founder of Everyone Is Gay. Host and producer of PBS Digital's First Person. Author of This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids. 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). IS NOW BACK WITH A VENGEANCE.
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.
CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle. Award-winning blogger, writer, editor and video-maker. Work appears in nine books, magazines like marie claire and curve, and online including jezebel and emily books. Trivia enthusiast, passionate panelist, collage pro, total weirdo.
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!
Carly Usdin is an award-winning filmmaker with experience creating content of all kinds for screens of all sizes. She has created promos, music videos, short-form, branded content and events. Her first feature, the no-budget indie comedy “Suicide Kale,” won the Audience Award for Best First U.S. Feature at Outfest 2016 and is currently on the festival circuit. Carly is a proud member of Film Fatales, the Alliance of Women Directors and the Academy of Magical Arts.
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.
Mey is a bisexual, mixed race, trans Latina. She writes about trans issues, comics, all-ages media, witchcraft and pop music for Autostraddle and other websites and publications. She also consults on comic books and YA novels and speaks on trans issues and queer media across the country. She's a Sagittarius, a bruja, a cetaphobe and is quoted on the Steven Universe Wikipedia page.
On her role as Queen Trans: Here at Autostraddle and here at A-Camp, we know that trans women are women and that it should go without saying that they belong in women’s spaces. But we also know that not everyone agrees and that not every women’s space is like this. So in order to make sure that we are prioritizing trans women in the best way possible, we’ve created the position of Queen Trans. As Queen Trans, it will be my royal duty to protect and serve all the trans women in my Queendom (A-Camp) and to make sure everyone else respects and affirms they’re right to be here. I know we’re being jokey about this, but believe me, we take this very seriously. Trans women are women and queer trans women are queer women. Transmisogyny does not belong here at all, and I will work day and night to keep it out of our space.
Yvonne S. Marquez is a senior editor at Autostraddle. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and has worked in LGBTQ media for the past few years. As the QTPOC Speakeasy Co-Director, she works to make A-Camp a more inclusive and welcoming space for people of color. Yvonne was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, a region along the Texas-Mexico border, and now lives in Dallas.
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.
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.
Laneia is a practicing Aquarian raised in the Tennessee hills. She's also the Executive Editor of Autostraddle, where she's written about her feelings and given advice for eight years. She probably wants to talk to you about menstruation, childbirth, boxed wine, sad songs, telepathy, never smiling, esoteric cosmology, and kittens! Laneia lives in Phoenix with her wife Megan, two kids, and two dogs. She'd rather be back in the South, but listen, it's fine.
Rachel is Autostraddle's managing editor, and is a published writer of fiction, nonfiction and journalism. She's led writing workshops both at camp and in university settings, and most recently was a visiting scholar to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's LGBT+ Studies Program. Her proudest accomplishments include co-leading X-Files Bingo and also the time she guessed a bar's wifi password correctly on only the second try.
Alex is a Visual Designer at Deloitte Digital in Seattle and co-founder of Autostraddle.com. Also an occasional drummer, silly dancer, whiskey society member, and climber of rocks/walls. Native New Yorker and previous resident/lover of Los Angeles. She believes it's an exciting time to be alive.
Nikki is the Logistics Coordinator for A-Camp 8.0. She has 3-years professional event coordinating experience under her belt. Has been an intern for Autostraddle for two years. She wears many hats and can usually be found at camp with her "Clipboard of Fun" clipboard in hand, looking for her favorite pen in her messenger bag and wondering if she brought enough backup sharpies from her personal stash. She is originally from Wisconsin where every summer as a child she would try to befriend deer at her family’s favorite campground. She was also bitten by a peacock at the same campground.
Lauren Klein is 24 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. Lauren is also very (very, very) allergic to cats. Talk to her about your favorite Shania Twain song!
Kaylah is a wayward wellness guru on Youtube, dancing queen, and Scorpio wild child. She loves selfies, bath time, adult beverages in miniature containers, and pouting. If she's not in her Ole Kentucky Home or her favorite grocery store (Kroger is THE BEST) then she's probably waiting for you to join her in Klub Deer.