Workshop Descriptions

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Workshop times and locations will be posted soon.

Beyond the Check-boxes: Exploring Genderqueer Identity


Presented by:

Kyle Jones

Kyle Jones, genderqueer butch, blogs about life, loves and kinks at Butchtastic.net, offering up hot erotica and posts about gender, D/s, polyamorous relationships and parenting.

Do you use the term ‘genderqueer’ to describe yourself? Genderqueer is a term some people use to describe a gender identity that transcends the constraints of the binary system of male/female. Participants will share their stories of gender discovery and gain a better understanding other people whose gender identities are outside of, between, or some combination of the genders.

Black Talk, Back Talk: Naming Ourselves

Presented by:

Darlene A. Hall, Ph.D.

Darlene A. Hall, Ph.D. is a two spirit Black lesbian psychologist with strong social justice values. She has self-published a poetry book and is writing a book on gender identity/expression and race.

Lori Brown

Lori Brown is a butch identified Black lesbian. She loves music, sports, gardening, and car and bicycle cruisers and also Mentors and tutors high school students in math and science.

‘Listen in’ on a conversation between a Black two spirit lesbian and Black butch lesbian who’ve been friends for 24 years as they talk about race, invisibility, identity, internalized homophobia/butch phobia, the soft and jagged edges between two spirit and butch gender identities, and striving for psychological health in an unhealthy world. A facilitated conversation with participants follows. In creating a future where we live without judgment, listening to each other is a vital first step.

Breaking Down the ‘BOI’

Presented by:

Ryann Holmes - Bklyn Boihood

Ryann Holmes – is co-founder of bklyn boihood. After completing her MBA at Baruch College in 2011, Ryann is professionally focusing on web-development and social media strategy for organizations an individuals. As a founder, Ryann has delighted in working hard developing bbh’s infrastructure and watching the boihood blossom.

Morgan (Mo) Willis - Bklyn Boihood

Morgan (Mo) Willis – is Head Writer and Strategic Consultant for Bklyn Boihood. She facilitates workshops, develops programs and writes for various initiatives. Her work can be seen throughout the Blogosphere, lit mags and Razor Wire Women, an anthology examining art and activism with women in prison. She lives in sex-ay Uptown.

Genesis Tremaine - Bklyn Boihood

Genesis Tremaine – is co-founder of bklyn boihood. An accomplished visual artists, Genesis has shown her work in Chelsea, Harlem, Brooklyn, Toronto and is planning for work in Philadelphia. As a Special Education teacher in Brooklyn, she emphasizes the same values in the classroom as she does in being the boihood’s Artistic Director: integrity, originality and fearlessness.

bklyn boihood will facilitate an inter-generational discussion that asks what it means to be a “boi”. Since starting bbh in 2009, we’ve learned that the word boi comes with challenges, judgments and expectations that extend beyond our masculine-presenting queerness. the bois will share perspectives while engaging in individual and team-based exercises designed to open our minds and build sustainability by empowering self-definition.

Butch and Pregnant: What do I wear and What should you call me?

Presented by:

Michelle 'Ceo' Skoor


Michelle “Ceo” Skoor is a Portuguese (port-a-gay) genderqueer from Oakland living an identity that exists somewhere along the gender continuum. Ceo is interested in finding clothes that match hys masculine-of-center identity when pregnant and community building for the butch biological parent and their partners.

This workshop seeks to build community around butch biological parents and their families. From manternity(?) wear to name choice, this workshop will explore the varying experiences and voices of butch parents. As we build for the future, it includes us sharing our BUTCH parenting stories and living out loud as proud biological BUTCH dad/mom/papi/baba people. Whether you are a butch parent or are considering being one – COME!  Partners Welcome.

Butch Between the Sheets

Presented by:

Jackie Strano

“Jackie Strano is the Chief Operating Officer of *Good Vibrations (the legendary SF based sex toy store) and co-founder of S.I.R. Productions (Sex, Indulgence, & RocknRoll) with her wife, Shar Rednour. She was also lead singer of the popular SF based 90’s band, The Hail Marys (heard on the soundtrack of Hollywood movie, Bound starring Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly) and is now singing with her current project, The Passengers. (thepassengersband.com).


As C.O.O. of Good Vibrations, on a production side- Strano has helped usher in the age of ‘queer porn revolution’ by supporting younger queer artists, performers, and directors, and as director and producer of Gush: The Official Guide to the G-Spot & Female Ejaculation she helped Good Vibrations receive a European Feminist Porn Award for lifetime achievement that will be given this October in Berlin.

Jackie and Shar are proud parents of 3 sons and currently call Oakland California home.”

Good Vibrations COO Jackie Strano and her wife Shar Rednour present a critically acclaimed and historical clip show- “Lesbo Retro” showcasing authentic explicit butch identity, sexuality, desire, and representation throughout the past 4 decades from their perspective as founders of S.I.R. Productions. The screening will be accompanied by a sex and relationship-related workshop coming from a third gender/butch/masculine identified woman’s perspective, especially around sex toy use/communication/role play/relationship, body issues, and identity.

Butch Burlesque

Presented by:

Morningstar aka Papa Dino

Morningstar Vancil identifies as Two-Spirit and Butch and as a folk-artist, veteran, and community builder. Morningstar was born in Cavite City, Philippines and her family ancestry is Asian (Filipino), Native American (Mohican tribe), and Black Negritos (African). Morningstar came to the United States to gain political asylum in 1984, after the assassination of Benigno Aquino in 1983 and the start of the popular uprising now called People Power. She left the Philippines to resist the Marcos administration’s policy of civil disturbance and use of the military to quell citizen dissent. Morningstar has been an advocate for People of Color (POC) in the areas of immigration, human rights, domestic partnership, and tribal alliance-building. She has been clean and sober since 1991. She served as a volunteer for the Two-Spirit Groups’ Archives of the LGBT Historical Society, spoken on POC panel discussions, and co-founded ForS/mWoC, an organization dedicated to creating an equal and harmonious relationship among the S/M communities. She is a member of Kreatibo (a queer-pinay performance troupe), Butch Magic (a drag king troupe), Fat Bottom Revue (Big Burlesque), and Neshkinukat, a coalition of Native American artists in Northern California. Morningstar is a founding member and former officer of the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits and serves on the LGBT Advisory Board of the Human Rights Commission (City of San Francisco) and is presently LGBT board member of American Cancer Society. She is life-partner to Rae Suber. She is also recovering from gynecological cancer, diagnosed in 2003, and has been very active in creating community for lesbian survivors of this disease.

Anybody is welcome to come! Anybody who wants to explore a butch or masculine way of doing burlesques are welcome. Anybody who wants to watch us –please be our cheer leaders and positive reinforcement. When does a butch have a chance to be adored and encouraged to do burlesque? This is the place for you! Bring your suits, sexy boxers or anything that will make you look and feel sexy. Please no nudity. Burlesque is the art of seduction and teasing!

Butch Images in the Media/Film

Presented by:

Sharon Williams


Sharon L. Williams is a writer, director, teacher and stand-up comedian. Ms. Williams has written and directed several short films and plays and recently recieved her MFA degree in TV/Film and Theatre.

Butch Images in the Media/Film – As an emerging writer and filmmaker as well as a film and television professor, I am very much interested in the Butch image. I propose a dialogue complete with audio/visual from independent films that explore how we are portrayed in both narrative and fiction films. I would like to be on a panel with both above and below the line participants as part of the film festival. The panel would be interactive and describing where young writers and filmmakers can go next in exploring positive images.

Butch Leaders and Entrepreneurs: Inspiring and Supporting the Next Generation of Leaders

Presented by:

Willy Wilkinson


Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning writer and public health consultant who has worked extensively with health service providers, educational institutions, and social justice organizations to develop culturally appropriate service approaches for LGBT populations, with an emphasis on transgender equality. www.willywilkinson.com.

Madeleine Lim


Madeleine Lim is the award-winning founding Executive/Artistic Director of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, where she directs organizational vision and provides artistic direction. QWOCMAP promotes the creation, execution, and distribution of new film by queer women of color and related communities. www.qwocmap.org

Fresh! White


Fresh!, born female, began identifying as a boy beforethe age of 6. Today Fresh! identifies as aTransGender/Butch-Dyke/African American, guy. Coming out as gay atage 14, Fresh! began and continues to be an advocate for equality and freedom of expression for all. Fresh! Is currently a speaker withboth the SF LBGTQ andMarin’s SpecturmBureaus as well as a certified speaker for Out & Equal. Fresh!Also has the honor to be a coach for members of the BrownBoi Project, a racial and gender justice project focused on youngmasculine identified individuals, and is part of the LeaderSpringTeam of Coaches, offering capacity building to nonprofit ExecutiveDirectors. Fresh! Is also a Principal with Prism Coaches:Transforming Lives Through Culturally-aware Coaching. Fresh!’shistory includes sitting on the board of CUAV,the SF Dyke March and SFTransMarch and raising money for various groups as a Drag King orEvent Planner. You can learn more about how Fresh!’s mind works bychecking out his blog at: http://freshencounter.org/.Fresh! and his wife, Writer, Facilitator, JenCross, share a home together with their puppy Sophie in NorthernCalifornia.

What inspires and motivates you? What are you most proud of? When did you know what you wanted to do? How do you take care of yourself? Come hear a diverse panel of butch leaders and entrepreneurs discuss these and other questions. Then reflect on your own dreams, goals, and challenges so we can engage in thoughtful discussion, and learn from and support each other.

Butch Trans Women Panel

Presented by:

Tobi Hill-Meyer

Tobi is an avid activist and culture producer creating zines, blogs, books, and film. Growing up within lesbian community, she prizes queer cultural history and inclusion driven queer community politics

It’s often assumed trans female-spectrum people who transition always move from a masculinity to femininity. But what about us trans women and MTF-spectrum genderqueer people who dream more of binders and strap-ons than we do of nylons and lace? This panel is specifically about trans female butchness. We will discuss issues such as: what we tell to our doctors/therapists, how we cruise in cis butch/femme spaces, and how we negotiate sex—especially when we take on male roles (ie: Daddy/boi/fag)

Claiming Our Seats at the Table: Masculinity and Spirituality

Presented by:

D'Lo D'LocoKid Productions

D’Lo is a political theater artist/writer & comedian. He teaches workshops in performance and writing for the queer masculine community & believes strongly in cultivating queer bodied actors of color.

Whether we believe in a higher spirit, Mother Nature, or the power of the people, our voices are vital in spiritual dialogue. Finding strength to live our masculinity with fierce integrity & grace is a ‘spiritual’ process already; but rather than honor our spiritual awareness, many religious communities have shunned us and suffered as a result. This workshop is for the sharing of spiritual journeys and the struggles in claiming our seats at the table of our religious and spiritual communities.

Cock Confidence

Presented by:

Sinclair Sexsmith

Sinclair Sexsmith runs Sugarbutch Chronicles: The Sex, Gender, and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky Queer Butch Top at sugarbutch.net and has been widely published. www.mrsexsmith.com

Many of us have experience with strapping on, packing, and playing, but there are lots of new products out there on the market that might be exciting and that you haven’t encountered yet. What cocks are good for packing, what options are out there for pack-and-play, which harnesses are the most loved, and which to avoid? Delve into some cock confidence, getting into the psychology of penetration, and discussing what it’s like to shoot from the hip.

Coming Out and Self-Expression

Presented by:

Chenyera Cook

Chenyera Cook is an 18 year old recent graduate from John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond, CA. She has been a part of several youth organizations including Skittles, DROC, and the Brown Boi Project. She has learned a lot from her involvement in these groups. She has also been deeply influenced by people in her family especially her sister and grandmother. They have taught her to set goals and better herself. Chenyera is passionate about music and being herself which are both sources of freedom for her.


Jimmy Sue Roque

Jimmy Sue Roque is a recent graduate for El Cerrito High School. An active member of hir school’s Gay Straight Alliance and other groups such as Da Rainbow Clique, Ze has and remains connected to the Brown Boi Project. Jimmy aspires to become a comic book illustrator and create LGBTQ friendly media such as children’s cartoons. By night, ze fights the evils of injustice using hir ultra fabulous super powers.


Destiny Trammell

Destiny Trammell is junior at John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond, CA. She is energetic and very involved several youth organizations including Skittles, The Alphabet Group and the Brown Boi Project. In the future, she plans to move out on her own, go to college and study physical therapy.

Edlinda Perry

Edlinda Perry is a 17 year old who attends John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond, CA. She is part of many youth organizations such as DROC, Sista to Sista, Skittles, and the Brown Boi Project. She wants to help her community and others grow and strive for better. In the long run, she hopes to become a registered nurse or teacher. Edlinda has always been passionate about helping others. Her mothers and other adult figures influence her to always work hard and reach her goals.

This workshop facilitated by and for LGBTQ  youth age 21 and under will create a safe space to discuss issues related to coming out including learning self-acceptance, coming out to friends and family and how to get support. Participants will be given an opportunity to reflect on their concerns and hopes about coming out as well as share successful strategies used to support them through their process. Workshop will include a short presentation, video clips and small group discussion.

Defining Class For Our BUTCH Selves

Presented by:

Bo Brown

Bo is a 63 white born BUTCH dyke ex-political prisoner who did 8 yrs in federal prisons during the l980’s for several bank robberies. She continues to be a prison activist as a BUTCH in the bay area.

What class we are is defined by the ruling class not by us. How do we define class position? What does it mean to us now & for the future? Are we simply defined by our job or our lover or education? What about the junction between race & class? What about mixed class? Are we up or down on the class ladder from our parents? Does it matter? Who cares? We need to start this tuff discussion for ourselves. Our future as community depends on our ability to know & define ourselves on every level.

Discovering Fitness for Masculine Women Today

Presented by:

Skyler Cooper

Skyler Cooper a drug-free 5 time consecutive overall bodybuilding champion. Learned how to use her fitness and muscular physique in a positive way to sustain& compliment her masculine identity.

Body image is still a struggle for many in the butch community. My mission is to empower these women by helping to identify what kind of fitness program is right for them in order to maintain a healthy way of life that compliments who we are now and going forward in the future!! We are the beginning of CHANGE in fitness and what it means to be butch.

Dispelling some myths.

* Don’t Judge a book by its cover

* How to get big without getting hurt

* Exercise your sex life

* Form vs function “what do i chose!”

Expanding Us – The experience of TransMen as friends, lovers and allies in Butch Communities.

Presented by:

Fresh! White

Fresh!, born female, began identifying as a boy beforethe age of 6. Today Fresh! identifies as aTransGender/Butch-Dyke/African American, guy. Coming out as gay atage 14, Fresh! began and continues to be an advocate for equality and freedom of expression for all. Fresh! Is currently a speaker withboth the SF LBGTQ andMarin’s SpecturmBureaus as well as a certified speaker for Out & Equal. Fresh!Also has the honor to be a coach for members of the BrownBoi Project, a racial and gender justice project focused on youngmasculine identified individuals, and is part of the LeaderSpringTeam of Coaches, offering capacity building to nonprofit ExecutiveDirectors. Fresh! Is also a Principal with Prism Coaches:Transforming Lives Through Culturally-aware Coaching. Fresh!’shistory includes sitting on the board of CUAV,the SF Dyke March and SFTransMarch and raising money for various groups as a Drag King orEvent Planner. You can learn more about how Fresh!’s mind works bychecking out his blog at: http://freshencounter.org/.Fresh! and his wife, Writer, Facilitator, JenCross, share a home together with their puppy Sophie in NorthernCalifornia.

Storm Miguel Florez

Cole B. Cole

Bio coming soon!

Jennifer Morris

Jennifer Morris is the Festival Director for the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and also administers the Frameline Completion Fund, which annually awards $20,000 in grants to LGBT filmmakers and the Generations Film Workshop: Youth and Elders Making Movies Together. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Film & Television UCLA.

Nick Krieger

Nick Krieger is the author of the new memoir Nina HereNor There: My Journey Beyond Gender, anexploration of the land between man and woman. He recently completed a booktour through the Bay Area, NY, and Philly, and will be speaking and leadingwriting empowerment workshops in the fall at the Southern Comfort Conference,WPATH Symposium, Transcending Boundaries Conference, as well as a few collegeson the East Coast. He holds an MFA in Writing from the University of SanFrancisco, and his writing has appeared in numerous outlets including 365Gay, OriginalPlumbing, Velvetpark, The Rumpus, The New Gay, and Curve. He is passionate about activismthrough art, creative expression, and queering all that he can. He is also deeply committed to his yoga practice and hisspiritual journey. Visit him online: www.nickkrieger.com.

We will provide a panel of 4 diverse FTM identified folks at various stages of transition and of various sexualities, to talk about their experience in Butch communities and in relationships with Butches. Our hope is to expand on the work BV is doing to mend fences and build bridges between these to communities for the sake of becoming stronger allies in our work to achieve full civil rights for ALL.

Fighting For My Wife, Fighting For My Life

Presented by:

Judy Rickard

Judy Rickard, lifelong lesbian, U.S. citizen and nearly lifelong resident of California, has worked for civil rights and LGBT rights since 1973. She is fighting to keep her wife Karin with her.

If you are an American citizen and your wife is not, you cannot sponsor her for immigration to America under current U.S. immigration law. DOMA, Defense of Marriage Act, defines marriage in the U.S. as one man and one woman, so your same-gender spouse does not qualify under Immigration and Naturalization law. I wrote a book about our struggle and the struggle of thousands of others, Torn Apart: United by Love, Divided by Law. I am fighting to change the law and keep my wife with me in America.

Gender 101

Presented by:

LYRIC


Anna Robinson

Anna Robinson is a successful graduate of LYRIC’s Social Change internship program, joining LYRIC’s Social Change team in October 2010 as its first Program Assistant. During hir time as a LYRIC intern and Queer Educator, Anna collaborated with a team of 11 youth to produce two films about issues effecting the LGBTQQI community, developed tools to research youth employment service delivery at One-Stops and managed production and editing of the WorkIt! Internship ‘Zine. Anna also facilitated LYRIC’s Transmagic group. Anna is also enrolled in SF State and is expected to graduate with a BA in May 2013.

Brittanee Lewis


Brittanee was born and raised in San Francisco. She is currently a senior at Independence High School and has been doing community work for the last year at Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC). Brittanee plans and facilitates HONEY, a weekly community building group for queer girls and allies 24 and under.

Jae Maldonado


Jae Maldonado is a transgender, bi-cultural, Latino transplant from the east coast. A native of New Jersey, he started his career as fundraiser. Jae received his Master’s in Public Administration and brings extensive experience in program development to his role as Director of Social Change at Lyric. He prides himself on creating culturally sensitive programs that aim to build confidence, responsibility, and life skills in youth. In his free time Jae enjoys his yoga practice, attending art events, and expanding his circle of fierce trans folk trying to make a difference!

This workshop developed by and for youth age 21 and under will provide a basic framework to understand gender identity and gender expression. As our communities change and transform, so do the ways and language we use to describe ourselves and each other. Workshop will include a short presentation and group discussion.

Homophobia: Bullying and Suicide Prevention

Presented by:

Chenyera Cook

Chenyera Cook is an 18 year old recent graduate from John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond, CA. She has been a part of several youth organizations including Skittles, DROC, and the Brown Boi Project. She has learned a lot from her involvement in these groups. She has also been deeply influenced by people in her family especially her sister and grandmother. They have taught her to set goals and better herself. Chenyera is passionate about music and being herself which are both sources of freedom for her.


Jimmy Sue Roque

Jimmy Sue Roque is a recent graduate for El Cerrito High School. An active member of hir school’s Gay Straight Alliance and other groups such as Da Rainbow Clique, Ze has and remains connected to the Brown Boi Project. Jimmy aspires to become a comic book illustrator and create LGBTQ friendly media such as children’s cartoons. By night, ze fights the evils of injustice using hir ultra fabulous super powers.


Destiny Trammell

Destiny Trammell is junior at John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond, CA. She is energetic and very involved several youth organizations including Skittles, The Alphabet Group and the Brown Boi Project. In the future, she plans to move out on her own, go to college and study physical therapy.


Edlinda Perry

Edlinda Perry is a 17 year old who attends John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond, CA. She is part of many youth organizations such as DROC, Sista to Sista, Skittles, and the Brown Boi Project. She wants to help her community and others grow and strive for better. In the long run, she hopes to become a registered nurse or teacher. Edlinda has always been passionate about helping others. Her mothers and other adult figures influence her to always work hard and reach her goals.

This workshop facilitated by and for LGBTQ youth age 21 and under will focus on raising awareness about homophobia, bullying and suicide. Participants will discuss critical prevention strategies to address risk of bullying and suicide amongst young people. Workshop will include a short presentation, small group activity and discussion.

How is that Your Mom? Isn’t He a Boy?

Presented by:

Jay Walls

Jay Walls is a Butch abstract expressionist artist, social activist, film maker enthusiast, and a proud parent of 6 children. Born and raised in Texas, she and her partner of 11 years moved to Seattle in 2001 after Jay received a degree in Fine Art/Art History from Texas Woman’s University. She is currently a stay at home parent and has never worked harder in her!

This discussion group is for anyone who has parented, is parenting, or is interested in parenting in the future. What are the special challenges faced by the butch or gender non-conforming parent? How have you dealt with them? What are your fears and concerns about parenting? Where do you turn for support? What have been your successes? Useful parenting resources will be provided, and we hope to encounter a wealth of experience and curiosity in the room. Come, share, and learn!

Intentional Masculinity

Presented by:

Kyle Jones

Kyle Jones, genderqueer butch, blogs about life, loves and kinks at Butchtastic.net, offering up hot erotica and posts about gender, D/s, polyamorous relationships and parenting.

This workshop is a discussion about what constitutes masculinity from the perspective of people born to female bodies.  From the moment we’re born, we’re flooded with messages about what it means to be feminine and masculine.  If we’re born to female bodies, taking on masculinity is a form of rebellion, as well as a shout of freedom and self-determination.  Intentional Masculinity is about choosing how you will embody and present masculinity rather than letting stereotypes choose for you.  In this workshop, we’ll talk about what masculinity means to us and discuss how to be conscious of the choices we make when we express ourselves in this way.

Intergenerational Panel

Presented by:

Chenyera Cook

Chenyera Cook is an 18 year old recent graduate from John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond, CA. She has been a part of several youth organizations including Skittles, DROC, and the Brown Boi Project. She has learned a lot from her involvement in these groups. She has also been deeply influenced by people in her family especially her sister and grandmother. They have taught her to set goals and better herself. Chenyera is passionate about music and being herself which are both sources of freedom for her.

Dee Taylor


Bio coming soon!

Iman Young


Bio coming soon!

This workshop will feature a panel discussion between masculine of center people across generations with a focus on developing stronger connections and understanding. We will explore the transformation, growth and challenges we face when building relationships across age in our community.

LGBTQ Services in Isolated and Institutional Settings

Presented by:

Dana Johnson


Dana “Hip Hop TherActivist” Johnson provides therapy/counseling, rehabilitation programing and activism to at-risk, gender variant, and urban LGBTQ youth in institutional, isolated, urban and outpatient settings. Dana provides these services by exploring the hip hop culture and embracing it’s positive images and meanings. Dana also provides workshops, reformative programs, trainings, motivational speakings, and spoken word selections. With her street savvy approach, Dana has brought a new persona to educated urban dominate lesbian woMen from disenfranchised communities. For all inquires please feel free to contact me at hiphoptheractivist@gmail.com.

This presentation will educate about servicing and working in isolated and institutional LGBTQ settings and communities; i.e. jails, group homes, private schools, treatment centers, and disenfranchised and small communities etc. This workshop will empower individuals who are the only LGBTQ individual within their working setting. It will educate about programs that are provided to strength LGBTQ individuals in various institution settings.

Mayuca, from the bottom of my heart: A Mexicana Story of Butch-Boi Culture & Identity

Presented by:

Adriana Batista


Adriana has a MPH and is a published author of comic books, poetry, short stories and essays. Her last poetry book is COLORS (2009). She calls herself a Public Health Poet and Community Health Comedian.

A combination of poetry/comedy that includes information about butch-boi women in Mexico from country side and the indigenous communities.  This is the true story that explores the issues of discrimination, butch-boi identity, culture, and the importance of provide asylum as refugees to butch-boi females who are the target of violence and crimes in their country of origin. This presentation is designed as solo poetry/come.

Owning Your Birthday Suit: Embodiment for Masculine of Center Folks

Presented by:

Amy Butcher


Amy Butcher and Sinclair Sexsmith met at a tantra retreat three years ago and have worked together for deeper embodiment and gender liberation ever since. They both study erotic energy and write smut.

Sinclair Sexsmith

Sinclair Sexsmith runs Sugarbutch Chronicles: The Sex, Gender, and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky Queer Butch Top at sugarbutch.net and has been widely published. www.mrsexsmith.com

Masculine of center folks often find it hard to be present in our bodies, to feel the powerful connection between genitals, heart, and mind. Explore a variety of playful experiential exercises to increase embodiment while respecting stone sexualities and everyone’s boundaries. Learn some simple tools to feel erotic energy, build connection to your desires, and feel more alive and at home in your body. Experience the taboo power of sharing this exploration within community.

Pansies, Mommy’s Boys & Sissies: Fae Representations of Masculinity

Presented by:

Alix Izen

Alix Izen is a genderqueer intersexed FTM fella who is feminist to the core. He is a proud pinky-extending dandy pouf, a Mommy’s Boy, a delicate tough pansy and a faggy butchdyke who loves femmes.

James Darling


Bio coming soon!

Pansies, Mommy’s Boys & Sissies represent a variation on queer masculinities often not acknowledged, discussed or celebrated within the more widely visible butch identities.  We intend to address these topics:  How do fae masculine folks fit in to the butch/trans/aggressive community?  Does our movement celebrate or simply tolerate people who occupy such liminal identities?  What kind of gender spectrum do we see for ourselves within the butch/trans/aggressive community moving into the future?

Performance Art to lure Bois in for Gyn Exams

Presented by:

Cole Thomas

Cole Thomas, Ed.S., a coalition-builder and founder of AGenda Benda Justice facilitates groups with African American women at the Atlanta Health Initiative.

Allen Moore


Bio coming soon!

Cole Thomas, Life Coach, Activist and former career Licensed Professional Counselor and her partner explain the cultural, economic and psychosocial conditions that can impact masculine-identified, African American lesbian adults’ resistance to obtain regular gynecological screenings and care. They then provide information on a host of art events initiated in the US Southeast in effort to attract “studs” and keep them connected to the AGenda Benda LGBTIQ Healthcare Awareness Campaign.

Sexual Health Justice

Presented by:

Lead Presenter: B. Cole and The Brown Boi Project

The Brown Boi Project is a community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and our allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving Racial and Gender Justice. B. Cole is the founder and Director of the Brown Boi Project.


Lead Presenter: Erica Woodland and The Brown Boi Project

The Brown Boi Project is a community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and our allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving Racial and Gender Justice. Erica is the Field Building Director of the Brown Boi Project.

Other presenters: Cucci, Third Root Community Health Center and ReC.L.A.I.M.

 

This workshop will be made available to all ages but will be youth friendly (with youth break out groups), providing a fun and sex-positive space to discuss sexual health and wellness. Participants will have the opportunity to have an honest and open dialogue about sex with the purpose of increasing knowledge and resources to promote sexual wellness. This will also be the West Coast release of our groundbreaking health guide—which will be made available to workshop participants for free. Cucci is a social enterprise that promotes sexual health justice by providing sex education workshops and quality sex toys. Third Root Community Health Center is a worker cooperative of health-care practitioners based in NYC.

Testosterone

Presented by:

Kestryl Cael Lowrey

Kestryl Cael is a dandy trans butch performance artist, writer, and educator. Kestryl Cael has taught and performed at conferences, colleges, festivals, and local theatres across North America.

Blamed for ‘butch flight’ and romanticized for broadening possible gender expressions, this hormone has polarized many butches. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn what testosterone can (and can’t!) do, and participate in an open discussion about reasons that butches may choose to start or stop using the hormone. Led by a butch that went on and off of T, session participants will examine the role of testosterone in contemporary masculine-of-center communities.

The Health Wise Butch, Taking Care of Ourselves

Presented by:

Adriana Batista

Adriana has a MPH and is a published author of comic books, poetry, short stories and essays. Her last poetry book is COLORS (2009). She calls herself a Public Health Poet and Community Health Comedian.

An interactive workshop-presentation combining humor and health awareness for butch women to respond the questions: How can I interact better with doctor? When, why and how I have to see the gynecologist? How “pack” healthier? How make our intimate relationships healthier? How do we grow older? To raise awareness to enhance our physical and emotional health by empowering our butch community by taking care of our health.

The National Transgender Discrimination Study & The Future of Social Justice Activism

Presented by:

Christine Darosa

Christine Darosa is a long-time activist and troublemaker in San Francisco, & is a contributing writer for SocialistWorker.org.

The National Transgender Discrimination Study offers detailed data on the challenges facing trans & gender nonconforming folks, & clearly illustrates how intersecting oppressions operate. It’s a call to action: because of these intersections, it’s clear that the future of social justice lies in gender-inclusive activism. Transphobia in movements is a reality, however. Can we use the NTDS to help bring folks & movements together to build truly inclusive grassroots activism & change the world?

Two-Spirits: Bridging Gender and Generations

Presented by:

Cayenne Woods

Cayenne is a mixed-blood two-spirit butch dyke who loves youth and elders coming together.

Two-Spirits: Bridging Gender and Generations – How two-spirit people might help heal and transform, both personally and in the larger culture, the damage society has done around gender – to heal the rift between the genders, internally and externally.  Applies to the theme by finding ways to tap into Native and earth-based wisdom to help heal and restore the Earth and get more connected. More and more people are seeking out Native ways for this.  Butch Voices has been so much about connection for many of us, and this is part of that.

Under the Smooth

Presented by:

Lori Brown

Lori Brown is a butch identified Black lesbian. She loves music, sports, gardening, and car and bicycle cruisers and also Mentors and tutors high school students in math and science.

Explores the complexities of internalized homophobia as it relates to Black butches. Participants will interactively examine to what extent homophobia may shape our public masks and various relationships. We will also discuss how a Black butch’s thoughts and movements in our families, the Black community, and the world may be affected by the internalized homophobia that ultimately manifests in each of us.

Unpacking the Leather Jacket: Challenging White Privilege and Masculine Privilege in Butch visibility

Presented by:

Paige Kruza

Paige Kruza is a white queer stonebutch who loves community accountability and her animals.


Sophia Lanza-Well


Sophia Lanza-Weil is a queer femme with rough edges; proudly old-school, working class and feminist.

This workshop is for white butch attendees to increase awareness of our own white privilege, masculine privilege, and their intersections with each other and other identities. What does butch visibility and community look like? How can we effectively challenge racism, misogyny, and femmephobia within butch and LGBTQ communities? How do we hold each other accountable for creating better community? Come talk about immediate and long-term steps to make our communities stronger and less oppressive.  All are welcome.