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 Rude, Queen Trans
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 Marquez, QTPOC Speakeasy Co-Director
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.