Founder, Board 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 lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as an Organizing Specialist with SEIU, Local 503, helping to empower workers’ voices and build collective power. He is a prior recipient of the Pride in Action Award with Pride Northwest in 2011, and was 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.
Carolyn Wysinger works in the LGBTQ community in a plethora of capacities. As a blogger, she has written for Autostraddle, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous and Media Diversified. As an author, Carolyn published her first book, Knockturnal Emissions in 2013. She has also been published in the Sinister Wisdom Literary Journal, and the anthologies Near Kin and Louisiana in Words.
Carolyn has participated in BUTCH Voices as a presenter since 2010, and joined the BUTCH Voices board in 2014. She has served on the steering committee for Black Lesbians United and the board for the NIA Gathering for Same Gender Loving Women of African Descent. In the area of politics, she is the former commissioner of Human Rights & Relations for the City of Richmond. Carolyn currently sits on the Executive Board of the Lambda Democratic Club of Contra Costa County and is one of the founding members of the Black Dems of Contra Costa County.
Carolyn has facilitated workshops at Black Lesbians United, BLAQout Conference, and Gender Spectrum. She is a faculty member at Richmond High School, where she teaches English and African-American Literature, while also serving as advisor for their Black Student Union, the Majorette Squad, and the LGBTQ Student club. As a Masculine of Center model, Carolyn has modeled for Saint Harridan, Dapper Boi, and Kirrin Finch. She has walked the runway for Queer Fashion Week, and is featured in Meg Allen’s photo book, BUTCH. Her latest adventures include being the host of the black queer podcast, The C-Dubb Show.
Evolve Benton (bio and photo coming soon)