Founder, Board Chair
Joe LeBlanc is a Cajun Genderqueer Poly Butch who believes in personal story-telling as a significant method for people to share experiences and solidify a better understanding about LGBTIQ identities, issues, and concerns. Joe is the Founder and Board Chair of BUTCH Voices. He has served as a member of the University of Michigan’s Spectrum Center Speakers’ Bureau and TransGender Michigan.
A graduate from the Out in Front Seattle LGBTQ leadership program, Joe has served as an Advisory Board member for TransActive, a founder and coordinator for Q Patrol PDX, and currently serves as Assistant Citizen Co-Chair for the Alliance for Safer Communities. He has developed and presented workshops at various conferences on issues around identity, community building, event planning, and advocating for trans-inclusive health care. Joe is currently working as the Development Coordinator for Basic Rights Oregon and was awarded the 2011 Pride In Action Award by Pride NW. He also enjoys writing poetry, road trips, coffee, taking way too many pictures, and a wide variety of music.
Mary Stockton has been a successful Financial Services Professional with Stockton Financial and Insurance Services for almost 2 decades in San Diego. She has earned the award of Agent of the Year Award twice and continues to thrive in the financial marketplace. Prior to moving to San Diego in 1996, she owned and operated the women’s bookstore, Crones’ Harvest in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Her business became a valuable cultural center and she was honored with the Helen Diner Community Leadership Award. Her community involvement also extended to the arts, where she took pleasure in producing plays, poetry slams, concerts, and witnessed the burgeoning talent of many successful progressive artists’. She has served on the Board of Directors at Stepping Stone of San Diego, volunteering for four years in an effort to promote alcohol and drug rehabilitation for the LGBT community. She also served for 6 years on the Board of Directors of The San Diego LGBT Community Center and as Board President of Diversionary Theatre, the third oldest LGBT theatre in the country. She currently serves on the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, an LGBT community foundation in San Diego. She won the 2011 San Diego Pride Community Service Award, the 2012 Tom Homann Law Association Outstanding Service to the Community Award, as well as the Silver Award for best Financial Planner in the SD Uptown News Readers Choice Awards.
Mary has been a self-identified butch for more than 25 years although she has been living as a butch her entire life. To help create space has been her work as an activist for nearly 30 years and to now have the ability to devote her energy to her Butch brothers and sisters is a dream come true. Mary is blissfully married to her wife, Alison McManus, a Family Nurse Practitioner and an activist in her own right. They have made their home in the North Park area of San Diego.
Strategic Impact Chair
Redwolf Painter is a two-spirit mixed blood Heyoka retired punk from Alaska. Wolf grew up in a poor mixed blood Native/White family with deep Alaskan roots which reverberates throughout their writing and social justice work. For the last 15 years Wolf has been writing, performing and producing events for various non-profit organizations.
Sinclair Sexsmith (mrsexsmith.com) has been producing, conceptualizing, and participating in digital communities since 1994. They are well versed in butch/femme, queer, and trans identity studies and hold a deep love of poetry, bringing a combination of heart and geekery to online organizing. They have maintained the award-winning Sugarbutch Chronicles: The Sex, Gender, and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky Queer Butch Top at sugarbutch.net since 2006. Contributing essays and smut stories to more than fifteen anthologies, they are also the guest editor of Best Lesbian Erotica 2012 and editor of Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica, both from Cleis Press. Mr. Sexsmith has Bachelor’s degrees in both gender studies and creative writing. Currently, they travel all over to conduct workshops on sex, gender, and relationships, and serve the Body Electric School as a coordinator.
Born in California and raised in South Africa, Nolizwe Nondabula is a numbers loving, global citizen boi currently living outside of Boston, MA. Lizwe is a graduate from Clark University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Business Management.
Lizwe has always been actively involved with her community. Since moving to New England, she’s volunteered with organizations such as Queer Women of Color (QWOC), Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC), Habitat for Humanity, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of Brookview House, a non profit with the mission of helping homeless and at risk families learn the skills necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Additionally, Lizwe is the Mentorship Program Coordinator for the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC). HBGC is one of the few non-profits organizations in Boston dedicated to inspire and empower Latin@, Hispanic and Black LGBTQ identified individuals through activism, education, community outreach, and counseling. When she’s not serving her community, you can find Lizwe on the football field, playing full contact tackle football for the New England Intensity or studying for her GMATs as she plans on pursuing her Master of Science in Finance.
Members at Large
Meg is a is a born-and-bred Southerner who enjoys kayaking, shooting things, and having intense arguments. S/he graduated magna cum laude from Temple University, with a BA in Political Science. Meg works in politics, but has also been a concrete factory laborer and a farmhand, and prefers the latter. Her dream is to own and operate her own ranch and have it double as a safehouse/educational facility for queer youth.
Lex is a trans identified butch and spoken word artist focusing on social justice and spiritual liberation. They are the Communications Directorat Inner Light Ministries, Coordinator at Santa Cruz County Trans Teen Project, and Coordinator at Queer Youth Leadership Awards. They live in the Santa Cruz with their family of five.