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Celebrate the New Year with Autostraddle’s 2014 Calendar

Posted on: December 26, 2013

New Year's Eve 2014

Celebrate the New Year with Autostraddle’s 2014 calendar.
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The New Year is upon us, and one organization that is commemorating the occasion in a wonderful, queer way is Autostraddle, with its newly minted 2014 calendar.

Founded in 2009 by Riese Bernard and Alexandra Vega, Autostraddle is an online presence run by a dedicated team of authors, creators, and progressive thinkers. It is an “intelligent, hilarious, and provocative voice and a progressively feminist online community for a new generation of kickass lesbian, bisexual, and otherwise inclined ladies (and their friends).” Autostraddle has been nominated for and taken home a handful of awards including the 2012 Bloggies’ Weblog of the Year Award, and for “Outstanding Blog” in the 24th Annual GLAAD Awards. At its core, Autostraddle is a safe online space, a community of radical thinkers and a strong collective entity.

One of Autostraddle’s most popular facets is its annual calendar, a beautiful collection of stories, images, and diverse queer and lesbian bodies. “Every year we conceptualize, design, shoot, produce, and give birth to a brand-new Autostraddle calendar. These calendars showcase a diverse group of amazing and accomplished queer women,” explains Autostraddle contributor, Alex. Unlike many calendars that objectify each month’s subject, the women in the Autostraddle calendar are featured on the website, along with their detailed personal stories.

These women celebrate their bodies, and celebrate themselves, by sharing their coming out stories, personal anecdotes, hopes and dreams. Autostraddle’s annual calendar features a diverse array of bodies, another distinction between this calendar and others. As Danielle, aka Miss June explains, “I had to fight for this body. Since the day I was diagnosed with bone cancer at age fifteen, I began to wage wars on multiple fronts,” of having to adjust to losing her entire right leg to her disease. This woman is proud, courageous, and absolutely stunning; she is unafraid of sharing a part of herself that is unconventionally beautiful, and is photographed standing tall, her prosthetic leg exposed.

Danielle is just one of the twelve inspirational models the calendar is comprised of, a work of art that showcases queer, unapologetic, dynamic women. For more information about Autostraddle and its annual calendar, visit the organization’s official website.


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