Our Big Queer Money Survey gave us lots of ideas for how to entice more members to join A+ — but right now we’re still struggling to do even the minimum we promised existing members at launch. The first place your money will go is to hire a part-time person to manage the A+ program from top to bottom — from sourcing content to tech support to executing perks.
Increasing Our Editorial Budget
Our rates are embarrassing and they need to be higher. Our team writers and editors aren’t being paid enough, our freelancer rates are sad. We’re looking to add at least $6k/month dedicated entirely to bringing the voices you told us you want to hear more from: people of color, trans people and writers outside of the U.S.
We’re looking towards hiring a new developer because our current one, Cee, is very burned out after seven years of doing this work for very cheap, and is hoping to hand over the reigns within the next two months. We also need to get duties like bookkeeping off of Riese’s plate so she has time to write and sleep.
Hiring A Queer Girl City Guides Project Manager
In any other company, overseeing QGCGs would be somebody’s full-time job, and we know that we can’t relaunch this project with the standards of quality it requires unless we pay someone hourly to manage this project for as long as it takes to get it all together.
Funding The L Word Podcasts
If you’re a fan of the “To L and Back” podcast and want it to continue — or are eagerly anticipating the addition of a “Generation Q” podcast in the fall — please pitch in! We want to pay our editor/producer more than we currently do and ensure everyone involved in either podcast is paid for the work they do.
Laneia’s computer is on its last legs and we have some other office supply related needs to take care of.
Perks & Labor
We need to cover the cost of the perks we’re sending out and also pay Drew to help Riese ship them all out to you!
Our Senior Editors and Design Director have been drastically underpaid for years, making far less than half of what they could at a corporate-owned publication and often struggling to make ends meet or living off credit cards. Our next goal is a baby step towards reconciling that: a 20% raise for our five full-time employees.
Deeper Pockets, Bigger Projects
This spring, REI sponsored our Outsiders Issue, and for the first time ever, we were able to more-than-double our rates for freelancers, opening up the door for queer writers who've never had a seat at the table in glossy mainstream travel magazines. We remain so grateful to REI, but we won't always have corporate sponsors — with your help, we can continue to pay better rates to the diverse group of writers who contribute to our quarterly theme issues.