Event description

The recent murders of Black people have again forced us to confront the reality of anti Black violence and our responsibility in ending it. Living inside Black masculinity means always being aware that your presence is a threat and having to work that much harder to heal the many layers of overt and internalized racism. Though the news and our Facebook feeds will go back to business as usual many of us continue to carry grief, anger, fear, and confusion without a place to process that.

Join us for a closed zoom session where Black butches, studs, and masculine identified people can kick back and connect. If you’re seeking community, feeling isolated geographically or psychologically this space is for you. Feel free to drop in at any point and introduce yourself. JD Fuller will facilitate the discussion and both Michelle and Brecklyn from the BUTCH Voices team will be present.

The following discussion questions are intended as a jumping off point but the conversation is in no way limited to them. Bring what’s on your mind and we’ll roll with it.

How have current events impacted you as a Black butch? How can we safely armor and ground ourselves in moments like these? What do we need from our non Black friends, family, and lovers? How can we support one another to emerge from microaggressions and state violence intact?

Virtual Attendance Guidelines
BUTCH Voices Virtual events are for adults over 18 only. In order to comply with Zoom’s terms of services, participants must be fully clothed if on camera. Please add your scene or go-by name and pronouns when joining a zoom meeting. There is an available built in background feature for added privacy. No recordings or screenshots permitted. Chat is for light commentary and questions. We will practice our values of moving up and moving back in the chat to reduce potential distraction while maintaining this accessible route for involvement.

JD Fuller LCSW Bio
J. Denise Fuller is a graduate of the renowned Smith School for Social Work. She is a culturally-competent clinician who has been providing treatment to adults and children for over 25 years. She is experienced in conducting psychotherapy using a variety of modalities and treatment orientations. JD provides therapeutic services that address a range of issues, including, but not limited to, trauma, anxiety, depression, adjustments, sexual, gender identity, addiction, as well as career and relationship challenges. JD has provided treatment for individuals, groups, couples and families operating in both public and private sectors.JD has developed, administered and facilitated training programs for children, adolescents and adults. She has created and led sensitivity, anti-racist, leadership and empowerment workshops to enhance team building skills as well as personal growth. JD is a critical thinker able to assess barriers and employ cognitive behavioral, solution focused and strength-based strategies to foster desired outcomes.

Please View the Youtube link in advance as food for thought if you are able. RSVP on Facebook where the Zoom link will be shared on the day of the event.