Hundreds attend second national BUTCH Voices conference

This review was written by Nicole Jones.
Appeared originally: Oakland North

…Oakland continues to be a prime location to host the national BUTCH Voices conference. At Thursday night’s opening celebration, Oakland City Councilmember at Large Rebecca Kaplan addressed the conference goers. “As the only butch in the local government,” she said, “I gotta say it is so awesome to be in a room of badass butches and allies.”

Kaplan, who referred to herself as the council’s “Dyke at Large” on Thursday, said Oakland has the highest number of lesbians per capita in the country. “Having this conference here is so important both for the community who lives here,” Kaplan said, “but also to have people coming from out of town to be part of this in our city.”

The weekend conference included musical performances, films, a poolside dance party and sessions on topics from “Homophobia: Bullying and Suicide Prevention” to “Butch and Pregnant: What do I wear and what should you call me?”


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