Event description

BUTCH Voices 2017:
Reconnect, Recharge, Resist

BUTCH Voices is back for 2017!

BUTCH Voices will once again convene in Oakland for our 2017 National Conference, from Thursday, August 17th to Sunday, August 20th. We are excited to work with the folks at Oakstop for our conference home for workshop and keynote spaces. Oakstop is located at 1721 Broadway, in the heart of Oakland, and also near the 19th St. BART station.

At BUTCH Voices 2017, there will be:

  • Workshops
  • Performances
  • Networking
  • Community
  • Resources
  • Keynote Speakers
  • And more!

Reconnect. Recharge. Resist.
Our theme is directly related to the times that we find ourselves in as individuals and as a social justice-minded community of Masculine of Center individuals and allies.

Reconnect. It’s been far too long since we’ve gathered collectively under the BUTCH Voices umbrella. It’s time to reconnect with old friends, with ourselves, and with ways of engaging and creating change. Meet new friends, tap into ways that we can each have an impact individually, and deepen our connection to movements that can make a difference together.

Recharge. When we are together, the ways that we support and care for ourselves and each other, is like no other place and time. Soak up that energy. Share yours. Fill up your activist fuel tank, and let’s put our collective energy into action together.

Resist. In times of darkness, hate, and bigotry, it’s even more necessary for us to come together across differences to strategize and impact change. This time calls for us to connect and share our collective tools from vehicles such as: protest and direct action organizing, to knowing how best to advocate for others and ourselves within political and larger institutional systems.

When we bring our collective voices into action and support one another, we are so powerful together. Being in intentional spaces filled with hundreds of like-minded and beautiful MOC community members and allies is something that connects us to each other, and to something much bigger than ourselves.

Separate tickets available for non-conference attendees for our Saturday night Butch Nation performance at Malonga Casquelord Center are available. Individual tickets for non-conference attendees are also available for our Friday night after hours workshop on Rope Bondage by The Exiles.

We look forward to seeing all of you in Oakland this August!

Reconnect. Recharge. Resist.

In the event you are no longer able to attend the conference after purchasing your registration, we offer full refunds if the request is greater than 21 days from the event start date. If it is within 21 days prior to the event, 50% of the registration will be refunded.
Have questions about 2017 BUTCH Voices National Conference? Contact BUTCH Voices


Official After Party for Butch Nation performance night!


Workshop Schedule

Fri​day Time Broadway Room Telegraph Room MacArthur Room
Opening Remarks 8:30am-8:45am BUTCH Voices Board    
Session​ ​#1 9am-10:15am Conversations That Matter Butch Heroes  
Session​ ​#2 10:45am-Noon Activism is Life: Beyond Protests Some Assembly Required Navigating Kink Life as a Disabled Butch
Lunch Noon-1:30pm      
Session​ ​#3 1:30pm-2:45pm Still Butch After All These Years! The Commercialization of Black Butch Identity BDSM 101
Keynote 3:15p-4:45pm Koja Adeyoha    


Saturday Time Broadway Room Telegraph Room MacArthur Room
Session​ ​#1 9am-10:15am Resilience, Butch Embodiment and Care Black Lesbian Masculinity and Self Care Write it Out, Reconnect & Recharge your Writing
Keynote 10:45am-12:15pm Gabby Rivera    
Lunch 12:15pm-1:45pm      
Session​ ​#2 1:45pm-3:00pm Queer & Trans Sexual Health Not Your Parents Porn Butch Writing Workshop
Session #3 3:30pm-4:45pm Fucking with Stone: Navigating Sex and Relationships   Making Room For The Other Trans Butch


Sunday Time Broadway Room Telegraph Room MacArthur Room
Session #1 10am-11am Intergenerational Panel Black Lesbian Masculinity and Community Mental Health Care Panel Discussion Identity under the Knife
Session #2 11:30a-12:30p Building Health Masculinity in a Toxic Era You Should Start A Queer Clothing Company: Here’s How Moving Through The Sex Industry
Lunch 12:30p-1:30p      
Spoken Word 1:30p-3pm      
Closing Remarks 3pm-3:30pm BUTCH Voices Board