Carolyn Yates
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Carolyn Yates is a writer and editor with a focus on the intersection of sexuality and gender with cultural issues and public life.


Carolyn has written about sex, kink, relationships, identity, queerness, witchcraft, polyamory, culture, feminism, bodies, ideas, and her personal life for NylonRefinery29Bitch, the ToastJezebelAutostraddle, the BillfoldXtra!, and elsewhere.  


Press & Speaking

Carolyn has been featured in Allure, Vice, Refinery29, and

She has appeared on Bad with Money, Buffering the Vampire Slayer, Sex City Radio on CIUT FM, New York Magazine's Sex Lives podcast, and DeAnne Smith's Questionable at Best.

She also regularly appears at A-Camp, a queer retreat held annually in Ventura, CA, where since 2012 she’s led workshops on topics including DIY kink, kink 101, sex toys, sexting, sexual health, shibari, polyamory, and dirty limericks.



As a freelance writer and editor, Carolyn writes and develops content around queerness, sex, kink, identity, witchcraft, culture, bodies, and more for publications such as NylonRefinery29Bitch, the Toast (RIP), JezebelAutostraddle, and elsewhere.

As the NSFW Editor at Autostraddle, Carolyn wrote, edited, and directed queer sex and relationship content from 2013 to 2018. (She was also the Literary Editor.) In 2015 she conducted the Ultimate Lesbian Sex Survey, a survey of queer women and anyone who identifies with that experience, which is one of the largest of its kind. She stepped down as an editor in July 2018 to focus on other projects, and remains at Autostraddle as a queer sex consultant.

As a scholarly copy editor, Carolyn makes academic writing accessible and elegant. Here are a few books she’s copy edited.

Carolyn grew up in Toronto and has a BA in English literature and political science from McGill University. In 2015, she immigrated from Montreal to Los Angeles. She’s into the palm trees. 

Carolyn identifies as queer and hard femme, and uses she/her and they/them pronouns.


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