Founder and Board Chair, Conference Chair
Joe LeBlanc is a Cajun qenderqueer butch who believes in personal story-telling as a significant method for people to share experiences and solidify a better understanding about LGBTQ identities, issues, and concerns. As the Founder and Board Chair of BUTCH Voices, he enjoys all of the connections he’s made as a result of working with community members, organizations, and allies over the years with the organization.
Joe is currently working as the Communications Manager at Camp Fire Columbia, and serves as an Advisory Board Member for Q Center in Portland, Oregon. He is a prior recipient of the Pride in Action Award with Pride Northwest in 2011, and was recently honored as a Queer Hero by the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest in 2016. Joe has developed and presented workshops at various conferences on issues around identity, community building, event planning, and advocating for trans-inclusive health care. He also enjoys road trips, coffee, taking way too many pictures, and a wide variety of music.
Board Member, Volunteer Chair
Mac McEachin is a policy associate at the International Refugee Assistance Project in New York City. He joined the board of BUTCH Voices in 2012.
Board Member, Outreach Chair
Carolyn Wysinger is a snarky black queer woman from Richmond, CA who just as well be from Long Beach cause she owns it. She is an author, blogger, bibiobutch & Facebook statustician. She spends most of her days ranting on Facebook and driving people around on Lyft. She didn’t create the #lyftchronicles but she sure as hell made them worth reading. She will finish her book eventually.
Board Member, Accessibility Chair
Born in Mexico City, Dri Batista became part of the LGBT movement in the early 80s as a journalist. Dri worked for El Dia and La Jornada newspapers in Mexico writing about women, youth, and LGBT issues. In 1984 he coauthored the book titled, “Liberacion Homosexual” (Posada Press, 1984), to later produce comic books on youth, LGBT, and health issues. Dri’s works and poetry have been published in diverse newspapers and magazines in Mexico, USA and Canada.
Today, Dri works as a Health Coach and started his journey as a transgender non-conforming person who identifies as he/they. He continues to be active in the LGBT community. Dri was recently invited to provide a Trans-Cultural training for Mental Health providers for Kaiser Permanente Southern California region. with the goal to educate providers about the Latino trans community and the cultural characteristics and health needs of this population. Dri has participated in BUTCH Voices prior, and enjoys serving as a member of the board.
Virginia native Debra Guy is a butch lesbian musician, wife, mom, blogger, and event manager. With over a decade of event management experience, Debra is a currently an event coordinator at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before coming to UVA, Debra spent many years at both George Mason University and American University, in roles varying from scheduling and event services to on-site event production. She has a keen eye for managing event logistics from both an organizer and facility manager point of view.
From her undergraduate days at George Mason University, Debra has been involved in the LGBT community – from co-chairing GMU’s LGBT student organization to performing with her band at Pride Festivals in DC, Baltimore, Delaware, and Charlottesville. Since 2009, she has authored the blog “Butch…and Pregnant” which chronicled her pregnancy, and now her life as a butch lesbian mom.
She is the frontwoman for the Washington, DC-based band Honeychuck (http://www.honeychuck.com/), performs solo acoustic music (http://debraguy.tumblr.com/), and records and performs children’s music locally in Charlottesville. Living in rural Virginia, she enjoys the serene country life of hiking, gardening, mowing her lawn, and cohabitating with the Blue Ridge Mountains, along with her hot librarian wife, enthusiastic toddler daughter, and devastatingly handsome dog.
Lea Robinson is a gender non-conforming butch dyke living in NYC. She built her first basketball goal in her front yard and years later landed in the 1992 Final Four National Championship, playing for Western Kentucky University. She had a long career as a women’s basketball coach and continues to works closely with The National Center for Lesbian Rights and It Takes a Team! on transphobia and homophobia in women’s athletics (www.learobinson.com).
Robinson is an actor and wants to see more visibility for queer, gender non-conforming artists. Thanks to the Butch Casting Project, she currently plays “Officer Ruffins,” the town cop, in Room For Cream, La Mama ETC.’s long running lesbian serial (prod. by the Dyke Division of Two-Headed Calf). She played Alma in KS Steven’s Butch Mamas! at WOW Cafe Theater! and recently served as the narrator for a staged reading of Dir. Akiva Peñaloza’s romantic comedy Hannah Henri (Scorpyofilms). She is developing a solo performance about playing basketball and growing up queer and black in Kentucky.
Jaye Kesler-Walls is a Butch heavy equipment operator, abstract expressionist artist, social activist, film maker enthusiast, and a proud parent of 5 adopted siblings. Born and raised in Texas, Jaye moved to Seattle, WA in 2002 after receiving a B.A. in Fine Art/Art History. Jaye has been involved with BUTCH Voices since the beginning organizing art shows, presenting workshops, and coordinating the conference programming. Jaye enjoys creating art in a variety of mediums, including photography, drawing, painting, and mixed media. Jaye’s art work encompasses a variety of subject matters and ideas including the concept of evolving identity through a series of self portraits created over the last 20 years. Jaye has volunteered as the Operations Manager and House Manager for the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival since 2002 to present. Jaye has also created two short films Super Speed, presented at the 2006 SLGFF, and On the Cutting Edge, which was featured at the 2010 Seattle Erotic Art Festival. After spending 7 years as a stay-at-home parent, Jaye recently started a new career as heavy equipment operator, and is living the dream.
Redwolf Painter is a two-spirit mixed blood Heyoka retired punk from Alaska. Wolf grew up in a poor mixed blood American Indian/White family with deep Alaskan roots which reverberates throughout their writing and social justice work. For the last 20 years Wolf has been writing, performing and producing events for various non-profit organizations, including Sundance Film Festival, CineVegas, San Diego Film Festival and Frameline. Concerned with the disappearing Native Track at Sundance, Wolf founded the Native American Film Series while working for the San Diego Film Festival in 2004 which is still running today.
Lex is a trans identified butch and spoken word artist focusing on social justice and spiritual liberation. They are the Communications Director at 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.
Film Night Curator
A proud café con leche queer, Des Buford has been a life-long gay-for pay and homo-for-hire. Des is currently the Director of Exhibition & Programming at Frameline where she leads the organization’s programming team for the San Francisco International LGBT Film Film Festival. She has also managed the inner workings of Frameline’s signature Festival, as well as strengthened the organization’s ties with local and national partner organizations. She earned her B.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, with a minor in LGBT Studies. In 2012, Des was featured in The Advocate’s Forty Under 40, a list of influential LGBT figures in media and politics. Des can also be found performing around the Trans Francisco Bay Area as award-winning drag king Delicio Del Toro.