Each year leading up to our National Conference we receive questions about (1) who is allowed to attend, and (2) where is the best spot to view “Butch Fleet Week”?
Part One: The answer is simple: everyone is welcome at BUTCH Voices! That means you, too! While our programming is focused on issues that butches and masculine of center folks face, allies are welcome as attendees, and are welcome to submit proposals for our events. Priority for presenters and performers is given to masculine of center individuals, and some of our events have had closed spaces. For 2017 each space is open to all. We invite everyone to attend and participate in respectful and critical conversations with us at #BV2017. Get your conference passes and event tickets here.
Part Two: The 2017 BUTCH Voices National Conference (aka Butch Fleet Week) starts on Thursday, August 17th and ends on Sunday, August 20th. Check out the conference schedule and details here.
Start your #BV2017 adventures with Early Registration/Checkin at Oakstop on Thursday, August 17th from 3pm to 5pm. There you can register onsite, checkin, pick up your swag bag, and meet other attendees and some of the BUTCH Voices team. Next head over to The Port Bar for our official Meet & Greet from 5:30pm – 8pm. We’ll have the BackSide Lounge space where you can connect with locals from Butch/Femme Socials, and other attendees. Then get ready to dance and TAKE UP SPACE with our Kick Off Dance Party – SPACE. SPACE is a monthly sexy & sweaty queer dance party that takes place on the every third Thursday of the month in Oakland at The Port Bar. BUTCH Voices is excited for DJ Olga T to spin us some tunes with Tai and Sormeh as our gogo dancers.
We kick off our first day of workshops with a welcome from the BUTCH Voices Board, and then get into a solid day of sessions on topics such as: The “M” Code, Butch Heroes, Activism is Life, Some Assembly Required, BDSM 101, Conversations That Matter, the Commercialization of Black Butch Identity, and Still Butch After All These Years. Sessions 1, Sessions 2, and Sessions 3.
You won’t want to miss our featured Friday Keynote speaker, Koja Adeyhoha. Koja is a local Two Spirit, mixed-blood Lakota community activist, stone butch dyke, and a creator of “Dykes Only” space at the SF Dyke March.
Friday night we have some great options for you, starting with the Oakland book reading of Nerve Endings at Feelmore. Join BUTCH Voices presenter Tobi Hill-Meyer, and other authors as they read from their works from this all-transgender erotic anthology.
The Exiles are offering a special after hours workshop at Oakstop on Sadistic Rope Play. No rope experience necessary, come get your rope skills learning on! Event tickets available for purchase for non-conference attendees.
Another day of incredible workshops on topics such as: Navigating Kink Life as a Disabled Butch, Resilience, Butch Embodiment and Care, Black Lesbian Masculinity and Self Care, Writing it Out, Fucking with Stone, Butch Writing, Not Your Parents’ Porn, Making Room for Butch Trans Women, and Queer & Trans Sexual Health. Sessions 1, Sessions 2, and Sessions 3.
Saturday night is all about performance with Butch Nation, with a sexy lineup of comedy, live music, spoken word poetry, and more! Hosted by Damnyo Lee at Malonga Casquelord Center, with individual tickets available for purchase for non-conference attendees.
One more night of dancing to cap off your Saturday – head over to The Uptown for Hella Gay. This is the official after party spot for Butch Nation. Conference attendees just show your conference pass and get in FREE!
Our last day of workshops we start a little later, because that Saturday night is a long one, right? We’ll have workshops to start our day on such topics as: an Intergenerational Panel, Black Lesbian Masculinity and Community Mental Health Care panel, Identity under the Knife, Building Healthy Masculinity in a Toxic Era, Starting a Queer Clothing Company, and Moving through the Sex Industry. Sessions 1 and Sessions 2.
We get deep with Our Bodies, Our Stories, our spoken word event featuring butch and masculine of center wordsmiths, poets, and authors reading their works and sharing their voices with us. Then we close out #BV2017 with a plenary session and final remarks from the BUTCH Voices team.
If you’re sticking around for Sunday night, check out Debauchery, at the White Horse. Where you will find amazingly talented queers stripping for queers, while raising money for community organizations. Tell ’em BUTCH Voices sent ya!
Join us for any and all of these events and be a part of BUTCH Voices as we “Reconnect. Recharge. Resist.” for our 2017 National Conference. See you in Oakland!