Event description

Ten Years of BUTCH Voices!

BUTCH Voices held our first national conference in 2009 in Oakland, and here we are returning for our 10 year anniversary!

BUTCH Voices will once again convene in Oakland for our 2019 National Conference, from Thursday, August 15th to Sunday, August 18th.

We are excited to work once again with the amazing 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. Accessibility info

Announcing our featured Keynote Speakers will be Kelli Dunham, genderqueer ex-nun storytelling nurse comic, and Nalo Zidan, Queer Black word artist and Founder and Creative Director of BlackGirlMasculine.

At BUTCH Voices 2019, there will be:

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

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 connecs us to each other, and to something much bigger than ourselves.

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Official After Party for Butch Nation performance night!



Workshop Schedule

Friday Time Broadway Room Telegraph Room MacArthur Room
Opening Remarks 8:30am-8:45am BUTCH Voices Board
Session​ ​#1 9:00a – 10:15a Boi Meets Wellness: Building a Wellness Ritual
Evolve Benton
Butch Boi Mind & Body
Chris Baldwin
Rattling Gender Constructs
Estela Furtado
Session​ ​#2 10:45a – Noon STRESS: A Silent Killer
Darlene A. Hall, Ph.D.
Unpacking internalized misogyny and accountability
Rohan Dave
Still Butch: Maintaining Community Through Transitions
Jackson Reinagel
Lunch Noon – 1:30p Lunch on your own!
Session​ ​#3 1:30p – 2:45p Two Libras and a Shot of Tequila; Realness In Relationships
Jenni Bosco & Michelle Dixon
The Art of Ownership
Sinclair Sexsmith
Nice Chinese Girls Don’t: Being Kitty Tsui & Butch
Kitty Tsui
Keynote 3:15p – 4:45p Kelli Dunham
Film Night 7:00p Butch Briefs and BUTCH Voices After Dark


Saturday Time Broadway Room Telegraph Room MacArthur Room
Session​ ​#1 9:00a – 10:15a An Exploration Toxic Masculinity from Fitness
Lindsey Page
Inter-generational Panel  
Session​ ​#2 10:45a – 12:00p You Don’t Have to Love Your Body to Take Care Of It
Kelli Dunham
Intersections through Artistic Expression
Jo “Paradigm” Roberts
Lunch 12:00p – 1:30p Lunch on your own!
Session #3 1:30p – 2:45p The M Code
Bethany Kelley
Stone Out Loud
Koja Adeyoha
Writing Our Way Into Butch
Rita Losch
Keynote 3:15p – 5:00p Nalo Zidan
Butch Nation 8:00p – 10:00p Butch Nation Performance Night
HellaGay! 9:00p – ?? Official After Party for Butch Nation Performance Night!


Sunday Time Broadway Room Telegraph Room MacArthur Room
Session #1 10:00a – 11:30a Intersectionality Of Non-Binary
Dana Johnson
Navigating consent and boundaries like a boss!
Andy Duran
Disability: We’re still here Panel
Lunch 11:30a – 1:00p Lunch on your own!
Session #2 1:00p – 2:30p From Pentecostal to Pleasure: Healing Queer Indoctrination through Pleasure Practice
Old & Butch: We Paved the Way Panel California name and gender marker changes
Chris Crittenton
Spoken Word 3:00p – 4:30p Sunday Stories: A BUTCH Sermon
Drum Circle 4:30p – 6:00p BUTCH Voices Drum Circle 
Closing Remarks 6:00p – 6:30p BUTCH Voices Board