BUTCH Voices Dallas

2010 Regional Conference June 5th


John Thomas Gay & Lesbian Community Center
Resource Center of Dallas
2701 Reagan Street
Dallas, TX 75219-3403

Registration: $20 Regular $10 Student
Includes lunch and FREE admission to Sue Ellen’s (the biggest lesbian club in Dallas) on June 5th

The Dirty South knows how to get down and Dallas, TX will host one of four BUTCH Voices Regional Conferences in 2010! Calling everyone from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee!!! Last year’s ground-breaking BUTCH Voices conference brought together hundreds of self identified Butches, Studs, Aggressives and other similar identified folks, as well as many allies for conversation, workshops, entertainment, and good ol’ fashioned butch bonding.

Our hope for the BUTCH Voices Dallas Regional Conference is to provide a similar, regionally-focused event with the same awesome, open spirit and attitude. We will also be including substantial programming around health and wellness.

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Conference Information

8-9 Breakfast/Registration

9-9:30 Opening Session

9:45-11 Workshop Session A

11:15-12:30 Workshop Session B

12-30-1:30 Lunch

1:45-3 Workshop Session C

3:15-4:15 Keynote – Jessica Pettitt

4:15 Closing Session/Talkback


(Re)Defining Butch

The very notion of out butching one another and competing for masculine validation intersects with complicated relationships, sex roles, friendships, and internalized sexism in a way that must be addressed directly. Lets put our fists down, and look eye to eye to those we are separating ourselves from so that we can collaborate in our fight for justice.

Keynote Speaker:
Jessica Pettitt is the “diversity educator” your family warned you about. She is easy to work with, accessible, and brings VERY simple concepts that are really hard to incorporate into our lives.  Nominated for two years by Campus Activities Magazine for Best Diversity Artist, Jessica’s programs are direct, customized, and highly interactive. Her workshops, seminars, and keynotes take participants on a journey weaving together politics, theory, current events, and story telling with large doses of humor reminiscent of Bob Newhart, George Carlin, and Paula Poundstone. This is by no means your average diversity program!  Though participants will be laughing, she promises no drum circles, guilty tears, or finger pointing.  This will be a HIGHLY interactive program that will leave participants with actual action steps to make REAL change in their lives.  Jessica takes 10+ years in Student Affairs, 5+ years of national consulting work, and 2+ years of stand up comedy stage to stage as part of her mission to inspire change, dismantle oppression, and recognize our privilege.  Through teaching, writing, and facilitating tough conversations, Jessica has figured out how to BE the change she wants to BE.  Now it is your turn!

Conference Workshops:

Just Rescue

Who has the power to choose who lives or dies? Who writes the moral code we live by? Who “unwrites” this code? Even with limited information, we are socialized to make quick decisions about another person. This directly relates to how we work with, talk to, and support other people. When given an opportunity to examine “back stories” and assumptions, participants learn the positives and negatives of stereotypes. Participants can use this knowledge to make informed decisions in the future.

Presenter: Jessica Pettitt

Being Young & Stud/Butch: Is it your Struggle or your Challenge?

Do you find yourself asking why this is so hard for me? Do you change the way you dress or carry yourself to fit in? Do you hide behind your swag, because you struggle with your identity? Do you change the way you dress at non-gay functions? Do you hear it’s just a phase, she will get past it?

Let’s talk about it…We all have been here and have heard these as well as many other questions. We not only understand, but we have worn those shoes, only in different sizes. We have all been told things such as: it can be prayed out of you, and we are going to burn in hell. Come share your story and hear others who have been down that very road. You are not alone.


Vonda Potts
Vonda Potts, a native of Oklahoma City,Oklahoma, She started her career in Business Management, and soon after began her Radio Dreams with Perry Publishing & Broadcasting doing Promotions, Programing, and then the break of becoming A on-air personality, using her own name as “Vonda” with 1340 The Groove. She moved to Dallas/Ft Worth in 2001 and soon hit the Gay Scene in Dallas Being a MC, at the Metro,The Brick, and club NV. After taking 9 months off, she came back as a Club Promoter and Started Vonda’s Soulful Saturday @ Elm & Pearl in July 2005, where she started the movement to unite the community, with cookouts, basketball tournaments, The Femme & Stud Teams, and The Summits. After Stepping out on faith she now has Next Level Entertainment, founded on her birthday September 23rd in 2009. Her dream is to one day have a united Family without hate. She has a strong backbone in her life, Rica her partner of 5 years, of whom she loves unconditionally. Without her support, she would loose her air

Kink!  The Spice of Life

We will discuss what kink is, why it exists, and what you should do about it…

There will be plenty to see, a suggested reading list and lots of discussion. There is nothing sexier, in my opinion, than a butch woman who knows what she likes and has the confidence to try new things.  Relationships are hard work but the payoff is a lot of fun. Let this class show you how to turn it up a notch… or ten… Turn those fantasies into reality.

The Tucker Inn (Tuck-HER-In) is the name affectionately given to the Tucker Family, consisting of butch Daddy Jimmie, femme, Mera & their very butch boy, boy cat. Cat joined the family a couple of years ago and the family became a poly unit. They are all long time members, presenters, and titleholders in the local and larger Leather Community, and are also big supporters of the International Court System and the Texas Gay Rodeo Association. The Tucker Inn is well known far and wide for the hundreds of homemade cookies that they donate every year to auctions or raffles for local organizations that raise funds benefiting local charities. They are also known for being a kinky poly family and that’s where the fun begins… Our most important sexual tool is our brains. There is no limit to what the imagination dreams of and there is only a small difference between those who are kinky and those who are not.

Butch meets Trans

Do you identify as trans and butch/stud? Are you not sure which identity best describes you? Do you feel pressured to make a choice between the two? Would you like to talk about it? For lots of masculine-identified people the line between butch and trans is blurred. This workshop/panel discussion is a safe space to talk about your experiences around butch/trans boundaries and where they come together or feel distinct. Come share your stories, ask questions and benefit from the wisdom of the group.


Treach Surnease Ferragamo

My name is Treach Surnease Ferragamo and I’m orginally from Philadelphia, PA. I am a Transman, however I started out as a Butch knowing inside that I was a man with a birth defect. I’m also a Assistant Branch Manager at Wells Fargo Bank. I have an undying passion to assist any & every person I come across with all their financial goals. My life goal is to retired early & travel the world with my loving wife, Mercedes.

LGBT Greek Life

This workshop on LGBT Greek Life will touch on the history of LGBT Greek Fraternities/Sororities and what a significance it has on the young Womyn who are in or out of College that wanted to be apart of the Greek but knew their sexual preference would not be accepted. We will discuss the history of the LGBT Greek Fraternity/Sorority Foundation and what positive images they represent. We will also discuss the similarities and differences between the regular Greek Fraternities/Sororities and the LGBT Greek Fraternities/Sororities.

We will talk about the different LGBT Greek Fraternities/Sororities that currently exist and supply a general website where the majority of them are listed. We will provide information about our Greek Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity, Inc. and our goals as an organization.


K. Williamson
K. Williamson, Frat EXuberant resides in Fort Worth, TX and has have been a member of Alpha Lambda Zeta since 2009.  She is employed as a Test Engineer for an Aerospace Corporation in Dallas, TX.  She is married to her partner of seven years and we have five children.  Frat EXuberant am very active in my community and is involved in groups such as Dallas Care for the Homeless and Dallas Voice.
Frat Exuberant states, “The main reason why I joined ALZ is because of all the positive things I saw the organization doing in the community and I wanted to be a part of something that was making such a huge difference in the lives of so many in the GLBT. I also saw the strong bond that the organization has and I’ve always wanted to become a part of something that would be uplifting for me, my family and my community.”   She feels that Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity is great because it stands out from all of the rest because of our unity and the ability to pull together and accomplish any and everything despite the obstacles put before us.

C. Warren
C. Warren, Frat AmbitioZ resides in Forth Worth, TX and graduated with an advanced honors diploma from Green B Trimble Tech. She attended UNT and majored in pre-med. Frat AmbitioZ was in management at Star Telegram newspaper for 10 years and decided to return to the health care field. She graduated from Concorde Career College in 2007 with a Vocational Nursing degree. She has plans to pursue her Registered Nursing degree to become a pediatric nurse. She has been with her partner for a year and they have two children. Her quest to become a member of the Regal Womyn of Alpha Lambda Zeta was fulfilled in the Spring 2010.  Since she became a member of Alpha Lambda Zeta, she is enjoying all of the benefits that being a member has provided so far.

Listen to Your Engine

Americans spend more time and money taking care of their cars then
their bodies. This venue will give participants a forum to honor their experiences
as “masculine identified”individuals when seeking health care.
We will explore some of the “denial of needs” behavior we adopt
as a Butch/AG/Tomboi/Studs and how to work towards self love.
The major health issues that affect our community and ways to
navigate the health care delivery systems will be presented.

Take Away: Solidarity and community about our feelings and
challenges when seeking health care. Empowering skills to talk
to  a Health Care Professionals and insure your dignity and Gender
Nonconformity. Identify the main areas of the body we need to
pay attention to and act responsibly.

Dr. Oliver L Blumer
Dr. Oliver L. Blumer , DC is a Health Care Professional in the Dallas area
with over 25 years of clinical experience. Specializing in mind/body/spirit
patient centered care, he offers a humorous but realistic approach to being
responsible for ones own health. Drawing from experience and research,
Dr. Blumer creates an open forum for those of us who have live in some
phase or comfort zone along the masculine spectrum. Of particular interest,
are the psychosocial cultural manifestations of gender nonconforming
individuals and how this brings new and rich meaning to being human.
For over forty years Dr. Blumer has lived in the Lesbian community. The
past two years he has spent in medical transition. He and his beautiful wife
have co-presented at Gender Odyssey and they have been presenters on
local University discussion panels. Dr. Blumer is available for peer
counseling and mentoring for those questioning medical transition.

Racial inequalities in the LGBTQA Community

We will discuss the challenges of race, gender and socio-economic status and talk openly with the right language and not be insulting of each other in how we engage in this topic while honoring those who came before us in the LGBTQ struggle. Given the wide range of experiences people have based upon their ethnicity, gender identity, age, sexual orientation etc…Why don’t we see more diversity in LGBTA leadership and movement? Find solutions that we can go back to our communities with and begin having these conversations with a direction of strategizing and becoming a unified front. Raise awareness of why diversity is so important for the LGBTQA movement.

Michael Robinson – Facilitator (GET EQUAL ACTIVIST)
I became a gay activist because I was a key witness in a hate crime of 7-19-07 around 12am on a Wednesday night. I did what I could to stop it, but I was faced with a gun and had to back off to get help. We caught both of them that night. We took them to trial the following year and they were both found guilty of aggravated robbery. Police filed it as a hate crime but the D.A. Craig Watkins wanted to file the case as an aggravated robbery charge. I formed a community activist group (United Community against Hate Crimes). Gathered leaders who wanted to get involved, demanded the local officials to make the community safer and take back our streets where the Dallas gay community resides.

Bobby Singleton and Jonathan Gunter were convicted of aggravated. Robbery. Bobby received 75 years and Jonathan receives 30 years for that crime. Activism chose me, now I am choosing activism to stay involved in the LGBTQA civil rights struggle.

44 other activists and organizers from across the country got together to launch GET EQUAL at the Highlander Center in Knoxville, Tenn. We wanted change the direction of the movement to gain full equality for ALL LGBTQA people. Radical Inclusivity has become the theme of GET EQUAL and we will gain full equality with all of us at the table and in leadership to reflect all the colors of the rainbow of this movement.

C.D. Kirven – Facilitator (GET EQUAL ACTIVIST)
C.D. Kirven is a nationally known Author, Artist, Activist & Filmmaker, best known for her Lambda Literary nominated debut novel What Goes Around Comes Back Around and for making the first GLBT cell phone documentary about same sex domestic violence The Dark Side of the Rainbow: The Price of Inequality. She was born in Waco and raised in Dallas, Texas. Before attending college, her article about corporal punishment in the “Dallas Teen Age” newspaper went over AP wire when she was 16 years old which began a wave of interest that restricted corporal punishment in Texas. She worked at the 1999 and 2000 Sundance Film Festival. Guitar-player Kirven is a well-respected visual artist with 5 years experience; her artwork will be featured in the 2009 Sept/Oct. issue of Curve magazine and will be auctioned in October 2009 at the HRC Black Tie Dinner event. Kirven has an upcoming art exhibition entitled “Life through the eyes of a Southern Blue-Necked Dyke.” The exhibit is about equality, music, sexuality & acceptance, and explores the production of art with music, artistic & political content. It allows the audience to see the world through the eyes of an African-American lesbian reflecting on her racial and sexual history then expressing herself with contemporary images. “Blue-neck” is a spin on the term “Red-neck” which is paying tribute to her deep southern roots. Chas was the grant coordinator for the Legacy of Success Foundation. She chaired several successful events like “One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Dinner” which raised money for a food pantry program for low-income HIV-AIDS people. She chaired the partner in film program with OUTTAKES Dallas Film Festival for LOSF which sponsored the “D L Chronicles” to bring awareness to unhealthy sexual behavior and promotes post-infection HIV-AIDS education.