2021 Conference Schedule

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All times are in the Pacific time zone
All sessions will have ASL interpretation provided except for those noted.
The two that won’t have ASL are the two dance parties.
Click on the event for the description and presenter information

 

Thursday, August 19, 2021

6pm - 7pm Meet & Greet Happy Hour
Enjoy a special virtual happy hour to connect with BUTCH Voices attendees from all over. Dress up and be festive! Bring your own cocktails or mocktails as you join us from home. Visit with new friends and old to kick off the virtual conference weekend.
7pm - 9pm Kick Off Dance Party
Kick off virtual dance party for BUTCH Voices 2021 with DJ NO.Bi.Es. via zoom. Dance it out with other BUTCH Voices attendees and enjoy tunes that will make you groove.

Bianca Mack (she/her) is DJ NO.Bi.Es., a New Orleans-born, Portland-living DJ. Bringing a wide mix of sounds across decades, genres, and vibes, she’s sure to play the hits that’ll make you groove, reminisce, and leave better than you arrived!

No ASL interpretation provided for the Dance Party

Friday, August 20, 2021

3pm - 4pm Opening Ceremonies with the BUTCH Voices Team & L Frank Manriquez
Kick off workshop day 1 with a few welcoming remarks from the BUTCH Voices team, featuring a song from Indigenous butch elder, L Frank Manriquez and BUTCH Voices board member Koja Adeyoha.
4pm - 5:15pm Financial Foundation: Aligning Your Money With Your Mission with Jas
The Financial Foundation workshop takes a detailed tour through the fundamentals of personal finance: budgeting, saving, debt reduction, credit scores, and investing for retirement. Participants are guided through how all of these components of their finances are interconnected and equally important to establish a healthy relationship with their money.

Jas is a seeker of authentic connection, soul healing laughs, and transformative introspection. They believe deeply in creating space for all people to deepen their connection to self and community. Jas fosters these spaces through workshop facilitation on topics ranging from Restorative Justice to Financial Wellness.

4pm - 5:15pm Fight, Flight, Freeze, Laugh with Kelli Dunham
As MOC folks with a history of trauma, we know there is nothing funny about what has happened to us but we’re always looking for better tools to manage the emotional and logistical impact of our post-trauma response. Enter intentional humor, stage left. In this workshop we’ll learn the capacity (and limits) of laughter in mitigating our fight, flight, and freeze responses, pick up some handy exercises to use in our own lives, and have a surprisingly good time for a workshop about trauma.

Kelli Dunham is a nonbinary butch nurse-comic-ex-nun hybrid and the creator of health zines for LGBT folks including You Don’t Have To Love Your Body ToTake Care Of It: Brainstorming the Workaround.

5:30pm - 6:30pm Keynote - Tobi Hill-Meyer
As a board, we continuously strive to bring keynote speakers who represent the important work that is being done in our masculine of center community. We are excited to announce Tobi Hill-Meyer will be one of our Keynote Speakers for the 2021 BUTCH Voices Virtual Conference! Tobi will be our Keynote Speaker on Friday, August 20, 2021.

Tobi Hill-Meyer is an Indigenous Chicana trans woman who creates stories that have the power to give us strength, encouragement, and can create greater empathy. She is editor of the Lambda Literary Finalist anthology Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic, author of children’s books A Princess of Great Daring and Super Power Baby Shower, and director of the award winning erotic documentary series Doing it Online.

Tobi is dedicated to community support and fighting for positive change at a local level, is a founder of Gender Justice League, and currently serves on the WA State LGBTQ Commission. She lives in Olympia, WA with her family and young child, where she loves gardening, land restoration, and working on small building projects.

Find out more about her at tobihillmeyer.com

6:30pm - 7pm Sponsor - TomboyX
Join conference sponsor TomboyX for recommendations, questions about products, and even some virtual shopping via zoom.

TomboyX is a progressive underwear and apparel brand for people of all shapes, sizes, and orientations. We create the most comfortable, best-fitting, inclusively-designed garments in the industry. WHY WE DO IT To empower people to live their most confident life in comfort & style.

7pm - 9pm Film Night: It Gets Messy In Here; talk back panel with Dr. Marshall (Kai) Green
It Gets Messy in Here (2011) is a short documentary that challenges gender assumptions and gender identities of all kinds by delving into the bathroom experiences of masculine-identified queer women and transgender men of color, featuring performance artist D’Lo, Alice Y. Hom, Prentis Hemphill, Megan Benton, Dr. C. RIley Snorton, Jun-Fung Chueh-Mejia, jay-Marie Hill, and Che.

Marshall (Kai M. Green) is a shape-shifting Black Queer Feminist nerd; an Afro-Future, freedom-dreaming, rhyme-slinging dragon slayer in search of a new world; a scholar, poet, facilitator, filmmaker; and an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies at Williams College. Green explores questions of Black sexual and gender agency, health, creativity, and resilience in the context of state and social violence. An interdisciplinary scholar, Green employs Black feminist theory, performance studies, and trans studies to investigate Black queer forms of self-representation and communal methods of political mobilization. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity with specializations in Gender Studies and Visual Anthropology at the University of Southern California. Green is a former postdoctoral fellow in Sexuality Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University and winner of the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral and Dissertation Fellowships. Green has published and edited work in GLQ: Gay and Lesbian Quarterly, South Atlantic Quarterly, Black Camera, and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. He is currently completing his memoir, A Body Made Home: They Black Trans* Love, with The Feminist Press. He is a proud founding member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). You can find him on Instagram and Twitter: @drDrummerBoiG and at drkaimgreen.com.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

8am - 9am Butch Yoga with Skeeter
Yoga class for all bodies and levels! Enjoy the journey of coming home in your body, without the stress and pressure of ‘am I getting it right?’ Come practice this slower paced yoga, at the pace of your own learning, wherever that is right now.

Skeeter honours the peaceful warrior nature that is uniquely revealed in each of us, through this journey called yoga. Skeeter’s purpose is to create a safe space for all students to arrive on your mat, wherever you are starting from. Skeeter very much enjoys the emotional evolution that comes from the practice. She welcomes you to your mat, however you find yourself there.

9am - 10:15am Let's Explore Equality vs Equity with Dana TherActivist Johnson, MSW
Equity involves trying to understand and give people what they need to enjoy full, healthy lives. Equality, in contrast, aims to ensure that everyone gets the same things in order to enjoy full, healthy lives. (The Annie E. Casey foundation). The workshop will breakdown and explore the differences and similarities of equality vs equity; and how they intersect into race, class, identity, gender, sexual orientation and inclusion.

Dana TherActivist Johnson, MSW (They/Them/Theirs) is a masculine of center gender non-binary community activist, Author, documentary filmmaker, workshop facilitator/instructor, and youth mentor. Dana’s an Author and documentary filmmaker of the memoir TherActivist: They/ Them/ Theirs, a narrative embracing Identity, Intersectionality, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The TherActivist embodies a “therapeutic activism” approach, while servicing and empowering people of color, LGBTQ+ communities, and marginalized populations. Dana serves as a LGBTQ Commissioner and PRIDE Initiative co-chair for the County of San Mateo. They are also a Board of Director of Rainbow Community Center, Contra Costa County. Dana has 16 years experience counseling and working with justice involved youth. Dana is motivated in assisting in the implementation of inclusive policies and protocols; and passionate about providing LGBTQ+ equity services, social justice services, and activism to marginalized communities.

9am - 10:15am Butch and Polyamory with smallWORLD Collective
This session will examine the intersections between the butch and/or masculine of center and trans masculine identities, and polyamory. Many nuances come into play when maneuvering these identities, this session will take a deep dive into them. We will examine external societal pressures, along with internal expectations through a queer butch Black lens.

smallWORLD Collective is an organization whose mission is to produce cultural, artistic, and informative programming, promote sex and body positivity, and uplift Black Queer Womxn, TGNC people, and other marginalized communities, through intentionally curated events, art, fashion, grassroots media, and activism. Based in Chicago, Illinois sWC collaborates with artists, entrepreneurs, and organizations from around the city and worldwide.

10:30am - 11:45am Showing Up White (and other forms of privilege) with Jess Pettitt
Jess introduces the concepts that the user or learner can utilize in their own lives immediately specifically addressing whiteness, passing, and privilege. Regardless of each participant’s identities and lived experiences, the concept of how we coexist, interact, and impact one another is imperative to build better teams, better connections, and deeper relationships. Spend an hour reflecting on how you fit into the conversation of diversity. Coming to terms with our own unique positive and negative bias as well as how that intersects with our responsibility of perception and sense of entitlement to validation is the foundation of social justice work. Our experiences, choices, and impact, both intentional and unintentional, matter. This is the starting place.

By being Good Enough Now, we get to do the best we can with what we have some of the time because that is better than nothing never. This reality is at the intersection of good activism, leadership, and solid diversity work. Jess‘s approach takes these “professional development” tools and connects them to your whole life – from grocery store parking lots to challenging customers to frustrating co-workers all the way to self doubt – together we can use “personal tools” and be Good Enough Now.

10:30am - 11:45am Butches in Leather Panel Discussion
Moderated by Q Wilson, with Lainy BSpock, Koja Adeyoha, Tobi Hil-Meyer, Jody, JTheySay.

Welcome to Butches in Leather; A panel ranging widely in race, generation, leather and kink identities, and relationships. Our youngest panelist at 29, an East Coast, African American/Bahamian/Native American with a history as a dominatrix now exploring the world of kink and leather, a non-binary, masc of center Boi and Leather title-holder hailing from South Australia with strong ties to butch/femme community and education of kinksters in Adelaide, an SM Dyke Sadist and Daddy inciting capers, volunteering and mentoring for 35 years in Seattle, an Indigenous Chicana, butch trans woman and switch, and finally, our own BUTCH Voices board member with 20+years as a leather dyke and Native stone butch top, with a focus on joyful service, from every direction, and the exploration and education of the depths of D/s.

Q Wilson is a queer, actively non-monogamous, leather boi. It’s well known that flirting is Q’s default mode of communication. Q consistently strives to bridge the various communities to which he belongs.

 

 

Lainy BSpock AKA Dr Danger. SM Dyke, Top, Sadist and Daddy . Pronouns are She/Her. I live in Seattle and have been an active member of the Leather community for over 35 years; playing, educating, volunteering, mentoring and inciting capers. Proud member of the “Seattle House of Shenanigans”, an intergenerational Leather Family. The Dr. says: “Laughter is the Best Medicine and never take yourself too seriously.”

 

Koja Adeyoha is a two-spirit, mixed-blood Lakota, stone-butch dyke, activist, socialist, a staunch feminist, atheist and skeptic. Koja is a former competitive surfer with strong ties to the Mni (Water), the lessons it brings, and the stories it tells. She’s worked in Emergency Medical Services and the Fire Department for nearly 20 years and educates across the country in wide-ranging ways: from critical incident management, to consensual power differentials and dynamics, and economic and racial justice. Koja is also the creator of the “Dykes Only Space” at San Francisco Dyke March and former keynote speaker and long-time presenter for BUTCH Voices. Her most current passion projects are around RTS (Religious Trauma Syndrome), CPTSD (Complex PTSD), addiction and the integration therein of sexual liberation and harm reduction. 

Tobi Hil-Meyer is an Indigenous Chicana trans woman who creates stories that have the power to give us strength, encouragement, and can create greater empathy. She is editor of the Lambda Literary Finalist anthology Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic, author of children’s books A Princess of Great Daring and Super Power Baby Shower, and director of the award winning erotic documentary series Doing it Online. Tobi is dedicated to community support and fighting for positive change at a local level, is a founder of Gender Justice League, and currently serves on the WA State LGBTQ Commission. She lives in Olympia, WA with her family and young child, where she loves gardening, land restoration, and working on small building projects.

Jody was the Inaugural Ms Adelaide Leather 2018. They are involved in the leather and kink scene in Adelaide and across Australia and currently teach people consent in the kink community.

 

 

JTheySay: I’m Pussy&Cologne aka JTheySay, I’m a switch for the right dom and a dom to all. I personally identify myself as queer nonbinary. I hope to further encourage other masculine of center butch folks to find their voices.

 

12pm - 1pm Lunch AMA on Disability and Disability Justice with Patty Overland and India Harville
Join Patty Overland and India Harville for a Q&A session on Disability and Disability Justice issues. 

Patty Overland:
Butch. Wheelchair basketball athlete with the Bay Area Meteorites and assistant coach for the Bay Cruisers youth program at BORP. Co-Founder of Wry Crips Readers Theatre (disabled women’s theater group) in 1986 and responsible for its resurgence.

 

 

India Harville: As a disability justice consultant, public speaker, somatics practitioner, and performance artist, India Harville has made it her mission to open people’s minds to the power of their own bodies. For more than twenty years, India has equipped non-profits, corporations, and universities with the tools and insights that they need to move into a wider and fuller concept of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). In addition, she has developed meaningful Disability Justice practices for workplaces, striving to make the professional environment more socially just and more equitably accessible. As a public speaker, India has been equally unwavering in her devotion to social justice, engineering keynote addresses and workshops about themes such as Disability Justice, DanceAbility, and the Disability Justice Centered Accessibility, among others. India incorporates twenty years of embodiment and dance practice into her work as well. India earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the New College of Florida and her Master of Arts in Integrative Health Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Whatever she is doing – practicing, performing, teaching – she is setting forth an example, that however our bodies show up the world, they are perfect, worthy of existence, and capable of magic.

1:30pm - 2:45pm Navigating consent and boundaries like a boss! with Andy Duran
Still nervous asking for what you want? Working on hearing no? Feel like you’re expected to just know what partner likes and doesn’t? Setting boundaries is a crucial conversation when it comes to our sex lives- so why not talk about it more in our day to day? Join Educator Andy of Good Vibrations on setting healthy physical, emotional, linguistic, and mental boundaries for establishing your identity and helping to maintain a consent-based environment – from the office to the bedroom and beyond.

Andy Duran is the Education Director for Good Vibrations. As a trainer for nearly 20 years, this California bear cub and proud blue-collar dandy loves providing accurate and accessible sex information with hopes to arouse curiosity and spread truth. Customer service and sex positivity are more than just buzzwords for Andy, but rather fundamentals that are essential for working in the field of sexual health & pleasure. When not contemplating sexual wellness, Andy can be found singing George Michael, blushing, and skateboarding around town.

1:30pm - 2:45pm Intergenerational Panel Discussion
Moderated by Laine Campbell, featuring panelists L Frank Manriquez, LisBeth Meléndez Rivera, MAL, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Tiff Hubbard, and Amber “Bruh Q-Pid” Moore.

Our intergenerational panelists for this session range from ages 24 to 69, and are from varying backgrounds and identities. As Butches and Masculine of Center folks, we have much to discuss with and learn from each other. Too often history is lost because of the polarization among the ages of members within our communities. Join us for a panel discussion focusing on the various issues we have faced and still face among a panel of individuals representing a range of ages and years in the community. Share your voice and revel in the experiences of those who have paved the way before you or are just coming up to continue where others have left off.

Laine Campbell is a butch lesbian and trans woman, born in Louisiana, and currently living in San Francisco. Laine is a self-taught software engineer and has worked in tech for 25 years. She has also been an entrepreneur and company founder, and is a published author in her field. Laine is passionate around diversity and inclusion, and access to the workforce for underrepresented communities. She is an active coach, mentor, and representative for trans folks, LGBT communities, and women in the workforce, and is a well known speaker in the industry. One of her greatest professional experiences was running the databases for the 2012 Obama campaign.

L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Ajachmem), an award-winning Two-Spirit, Native California Indian artist working in many media and a tribal scholar, community activist, and language advocate, has exhibited her artwork in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. She has served or serves on a number of boards, including that of the California Indian Basketweavers Association (for 15 years) and the Cultural Conservancy, and is a founding board member of the Advocates for Indigenous California Languages.

 

Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera, MAL, is a 30+ year veteran of the LGBTQ and labor movements. Lisbeth has extensive experience organizing and training at the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, racial/ethnic identity, and culture related explicitly to communities of color in the United States. Lisbeth has crisscrossed the country, training workers and community leaders in organizing, leadership development, and community building strategies from a grassroots perspective. She has also done extensive work supporting LGBTQ leaders in America Latina. Most recently, Lisbeth was the Director of Faith Outreach & Training at the Human Rights Campaign, where she worked with people of faith across denominations to ensure we can be who we are, love who we love, and practice our faith free of judgment. A graduate of the United Theological Seminary with a master’s in Theology and Social Transformation, she also has a biology and sociology background with a solid Jesuit and SND formation. Justice and equity make her passions flare, and her days move forward. Today Lisbeth lives in Hyattsville, MD, alongside her wife, Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz, and their chosen family, both human and furry!!

Tobi Hill-Meyer is an Indigenous Chicana trans woman who creates stories that have the power to give us strength, encouragement, and can create greater empathy. She is editor of the Lambda Literary Finalist anthology Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic, author of children’s books A Princess of Great Daring and Super Power Baby Shower, and director of the award winning erotic documentary series Doing it Online. Tobi is dedicated to community support and fighting for positive change at a local level, is a founder of Gender Justice League, and currently serves on the WA State LGBTQ Commission. She lives in Olympia, WA with her family and young child, where she loves gardening, land restoration, and working on small building projects.

Tiff Hubbard is a Los Angeles based artist and poet. She was born on the island of Oahu in Hawaii but spent most of her time growing up in Colorado. Tiffany’s passion for writing poetry stems from learning to embrace the duality of her different backgrounds as an African, Asian, and American woman. Her love of hip hop and lyricism is what creates Tiff’s unique sound and cadence. Her hope is that through her work, she will inspire, educate, and move people forward in a world where it can be easy to feel left behind. Her most recent collaboration, was with the Los Angeles LGBT Center for the annual ‘Models of Pride Event’, that aims to help young students feel safe and welcomed in the community. She is a two time Slam Poetry Competition Winner at Da Poetry Lounge located in West Hollywood. Tiffany loves to talk astrology and expand her collection of house plants. She recently released her debut poetry book, “Short Poems From a Short Love” in March 2021. For more details you can check out her website tiffhubbard.com.

Amber “Bruh Q-Pid” Moore is Executive Director of Real Bois Talk, a non‐profit organization in Atlanta, Georgia that focuses on African American Masculine Identified Gay females and their wellness. In addition, Moore is the VP and COO of Atlanta Black Pride, Inc. In 2008, Moore founded Sigma Omega Phi (SOP), the first masculine‐identified gay women’s fraternity in the nation to establish a collegiate present. Besides leading the fraternity in a variety of roles including President and National Executive Director, she has positioned SOP as a major community service‐oriented group focused on volunteerism. Further, Moore established the annual Greek Unity Brunch in 2010 to recognize and reward the outstanding community service contributions made by gay Greek fraternities and sororities around the nation. This year the brunch will celebrate 11 years. Three years ago, Moore expanded the brunch to The LGBT Greek Weekend. From her college days at Parsons School of Design and later at Florida State University, Moore has been active in politics, working in various campaigns including that of former Mayor Andrew Young and former Fulton County Commission President, Michael Lomax. She’s a member of PaveItBlue, a political women’s activist group, and The Progressive Women Candidates Forum that showcases women running for office in Metro Atlanta. Most recently Moore is an ambassador for Out Georgia Business Alliance and a member. Moore was just recently also casted for the reality show, Women In The Life Atlanta.

3pm - 4:30pm Keynote - B. Cole
As a board, we continuously strive to bring keynote speakers who represent the important work that is being done in our masculine of center community. We are excited to announce B. Cole will be one of our Keynote Speakers for the 2021 BUTCH Voices Virtual Conference! Cole will be our Keynote Speaker on Saturday 21, 2021.

B. Cole holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and has worked as a community facilitator, strategist, and consultant for the last 15 years. She is a co founder of City Dibs, a social justice development organization building Black Sovereignty. Their projects include: Dovecote Café, a community based oasis & café; Brioxy, a training pipeline for young people of color buying land and launching organizations collectively, and the House of Sedulō an artist residency for Black artists across the globe. Previously, Cole launched the Brown Boi Project, the largest leadership development organization for young LGBT people of color in the US. She also coined the term “Masculine of Center” and published Freeing Ourselves: A Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois as part of her work advancing new frames of gender. An Echoing Green Fellow, Coro Fellow, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and Spirit of Dolores Huerta Award recipient, she has worked across the US and internationally on issues of leadership development and social capital.

4:30pm - 5:30pm Sponsor - Early to Bed
Join conference sponsor Early to Bed for recommendations, questions about products, and even some virtual shopping via zoom.

Early to Bed is Chicago’s favorite sex shop committed to providing all kinds of folks with high quality toys, gender expression gear and accessories at reasonable prices. Our shop is designed to be warm and welcoming and our staff is educated and friendly. We are proud to partner with many local and national organizations that promote reproductive justice, feminist values and LGBTQ equality. We are proudly queer-woman owned. All bodies are welcome at Early to Bed.

6pm - 8pm Butch Nation
2021 Butch Nation Virtual Evening Performance Show
Saturday, August 21, 2021
530 doors, 6pm showtime
Free to conference pass holders. $15 for non-pass holders.
ASL interpretation provided.

Enjoy a night of Butch Magic as each act leaves you spellbound with poetry, music, and more! Hosted by Damnyo Lee, featuring “Yelz” Williams, Nic Masangkay, Asha “BOOMCLAK” Santee, Ebo Barton, Ceez Liive, and Tiff Hubbard.

The humbled yet gifted Danielle “Yelz” Williams is an outgoing hip-hop artist with a successful record of embracing challenges since she began creating original music in 2013. Based in uptown New Orleans, Yelz is best known for her energetic shows, culturally reflective music and her creatively arranged visuals. Her carefully formulated soundscape in her music draws influence from artists like Jay-z, Philadelphia Freeway, Lauryn Hill, and music activist Nina Simone. Thriving in the face of countless adversities and the oldest of five siblings Yelz has a lot to say. Yelz’s first project ” Black summer vol 1″ positioned her to earn respect as one of Nola’s best female emcees. After the Nola’s Hip Hop awards cypher Yelz became a new artist to watch. She kept pushing and was able to sign herself to her own label Black Summer Entertainment. in 2017. Since then she has been able to release a series of impactful and inspirational songs and visuals including ” War” 2017 and “Whole Bag” 2018. Yelz continues to grow as a emcee delivering witty bars and mantra bars with creative visuals. her latest release ” Gimmie The Loot” 2020 is out now on all major music platforms.

When you struggle with the ending, think of me. I’m Nic Masangkay —a cultural worker in music, poetry, multimedia, and transformation. Following years in a personal state of survival, I re-emerge in 2021 thriving. I am loved and ready to love. I know my power and where that can take us. We are living in “unprecedented” times, and everyday I feel the people’s universal fear of the unknown. Change is here: we have summoned it for so long. And now that it arrives, will we show up? Are you ready to let go of the way things were? How we got here? Post-survival, will you finally love like the world is ending? Like you are ready for what you asked for? I promise I am with you when it all needs to end. So let us begin: www.nicmasangkay.com.

Asha “BOOMCLAK” Santee was born with a beat in her heart and has been rocking to it ever since. Following in the footsteps of her father, who played the drums for their local church, Asha started playing at the age of 6. The entrepreneurial bug bit her early and at 14 she was teaching drums to kids in her neighborhood. After a successful high school basketball career, she received a full scholarship to play for Howard University and study Audio Production. By day, Asha was an athlete, but after practices, she would return to her dorm room to teach herself piano and music production. In pursuit of a professional basketball career after college, a broken leg injury would put her through two months of bed rest and there, she would find clarity in her gift of music. In 2017, she relaunched Note 2 Self with a refreshed approach to design, music, and community. Her affiliate program Bangin’ with BOOMCLAK offers affordable private and group drum lessons to kids and adults of all ages and provides a beat making program to black girls battling depression. Asha also launched The BootyHearts Art Gallery which is a growing 150 piece collection of original works inspired from music, relationships, and love. Recently, the gallery started the Equal WALLportunity Act which provides free art to homes in need during the COVID-19 quarantine. Asha Santee’s passion for music and art have taken her all over the world as she has been asset to several bands across the DMV such as The Peace & Body Roll Duo BOOMscat, The CooLots, The Huda Asfour Trio, Grammy Nominee Carolyn Malachi, and Grammy Award Winning, Mya. Asha currently has three solo projects on all streaming platforms including her latest release, GINKGO. It is by far no mistake that she is not in outer space collecting moon samples or in a lab mixing potions for the next beauty elixir. The vision was written and plain. Today, Asha Santee is an artist. Simple. Powerful. Inspiring. True.”

Ebo Barton comes from salt— from the moment before worlds converge. In this world, we are still trying to articulate that mixed Black and Filipino, Transgender and Non-Binary, Queer, Artists and Educators not only matter but are precious. In another world, Barton is loved, safe, and valued. The only difference being that the latter is a path they must make themselves. You may have seen Ebo’s work in Natasha Marin’s Black Imagination and heard in the audiobook read by Grammy and Tony award winner, Daveed Diggs. You have also seen Ebo’s work on The King County Metro, and online on Write About Now, Button Poetry, and All Def Poetry channels. In 2016, they placed 5th in the World at Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2017, they co-wrote and co-produced the award-winning play, “Rising Up”. In 2018, they played “Invisible One” in Anastacia Renee’s “Queer. Mama. Crossroads” and reprised the role in 2019. A leader in arts and activism, Ebo Barton is committed to creating opportunities for others to organize, heal and rejoice. From weekly open mics to curated shows like Alchemy Poetry with Ben Yisrael to educating across the country at various institutions, 2020 Jack Straw Writing Fellow, Ebo Barton’s written, performative, and community work demand societal reckoning.

Ceez Liive: “I never felt more alive then I did on the stage. Never felt more power then being behind a mic.” It started as poetry. Ceez didn’t have a beat but the linguist always had a rhyme scheme and a story to tell. Finding a place by performing poems at any venue that would allow, Ceez used words to educate and entertain. She has been featured at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café, The Nokia Theatre, The Saban Theatre and several other venues throughout the country. In January of 2011, Ceez’ first feature film “Gun Hill Road” premiered at The Sundance Film Festival. In 2022, she will be releasing an EP that showcases the Bronx bred MC. Ceez is a polymath that touches the hearts and captivates the minds of every audience she performs for.

Tiff Hubbard is a Los Angeles based artist and poet. She was born on the island of Oahu in Hawaii but spent most of her time growing up in Colorado. Tiffany’s passion for writing poetry stems from learning to embrace the duality of her different backgrounds as an African, Asian, and American woman. Her love of hip hop and lyricism is what creates Tiff’s unique sound and cadence. Her hope is that through her work, she will inspire, educate, and move people forward in a world where it can be easy to feel left behind. Her most recent collaboration, was with the Los Angeles LGBT Center for the annual ‘Models of Pride Event’, that aims to help young students feel safe and welcomed in the community. She is a two time Slam Poetry Competition Winner at Da Poetry Lounge located in West Hollywood. Tiffany loves to talk astrology and expand her collection of house plants. She recently released her debut poetry book, “Short Poems From a Short Love” in March 2021. For more details you can check out her website tiffhubbard.com.”

8pm - 10pm Dance Party
After party/virtual dance party for BUTCH Voices 2021 with DJ Olga T via zoom. 

Raised and based in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, Olga T is a true DJ legend in the northern California club scene and is known for never disappointing when taking over the turntables. Always infusing countless genres, from Hip Hop, Dancehall/Reggae, 80s, 90s & Y2K Throwbacks, Funk, Old School, Latin, R&B, to Top 40, Electro, Trap and soulful House music guarantees a happy jam packed dance floor.  Olga T is known for having perfect crowd reading precision, passionate energy and flawless transitions that take you on a musical journey.  A loyal vinyl-head and always true to the original art form of DJing, using digital tools solely to enhance her always spontaneous sets, Olga T is masterfully explosive in each and every performance. If you haven’t seen/heard DJ Olga T in action, you’ve been missing out on an incredible party experience!

No ASL interpretation provided for the Dance Party

Sunday, August 22, 2021

9am - 10:15am Pilates with Teresa
This is a deliberate-paced class for all levels and abilities. What the heck does that mean? Deliberate (n.) slow, unhurried, steady, as though allowing time for decision on each individual action involved. Like a Sunday drive, Teresa uses imagery, metaphor, and other stuff to challenge you to connect with the juiciness of the work — including details about the form, alignment, and/or movement of an exercise.

All you need is a yoga mat and some space to see your screen. If being on the floor is not your jam, pull up a chair as you can also do this while seated.

How to Set Up for an Online Session:

Mat: Set up your mat or chair square in the room, not to the camera

Camera Setup: If you choose to have your camera on, please set up your device slightly above the mat or in line with the chair. Far enough away to see the entire mat (and you). Not so far that I cannot see you.

Devices: Computer is best: wide angle lens, easier to manipulate camera position Phone/Tablet prepare with tools for positioning. You can use: Tripod, Light Weights, Resistance Band, Sticky Pads/Non-slip Surface – Do not block camera.

Lighting: Light from the front and/or overhead, not the back. If window is behind you, the close window shades/blinds or put camera on opposite side

Volume: Turn Volume Up. If feedback or echo…lower volume one notch down

Screensaver: Adjust to 1 hour or Never

Honorific(s)): Please add your honorific(s) aka pronoun(s) next to your name if you would like. You can do that my going to the upper right hand corner of your Zoom screen and clicking the three dots (…) then click Rename and add your pronoun(s)

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Teresa Ellis– She/Her/Femme, is the Captain of the Strong Squad at Pilates Barre and Jams in Oakland, CA. Teresa has been teaching the fitness since 2008 and her goal is to make movement available and accessible to the people who have never felt comfortable walking into a status quo studio because the staff and participants would be assholes if the person didn’t fit the aesthetic. As a Black queer femme and a former sex worker, Teresa knows what it feels like to be othered, so she opened PB&J in 2017 to center Black, Brown and indigenous humans as well as Queer, Fat-bodied, Trans, Non-Binary humans and Sex Workers. “It just made sense as who would l be fooling if I didn’t include the very peeps who have brought so much joy, love, support and badassery to my life?” She hopes you enjoy taking class
with her.

10:30am - 11:45am Closed Space for Black Butches and MOC Folks with JD Fuller
Black mental and social health is important. 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 oppression. Many of us continue to carry grief, anger, fear, and confusion without a place to process those emotions and thoughts.

Join us for a closed zoom session where Black butches, studs, and masculine identified people can 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.

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.

10:30am - 11:45am Feeling Down: Butches and Depression with Dri Batista
Feeling Down: Butches and Depression is an online workshop designed to discuss the basics on depression such as how to distinguish when have a deep blue mood that requires additional support to overcome or manage and when we just have the blues due to everyday challenges. The focus is to raise awareness and break the stigma on depression among butches and our community to be able to talk about depression in the open and with no shame or guilt. Assess how much the pandemic has impacted our emotional wellbeing and strategies to cope when waiting to go back to “normal.” Provide current resources that offer support and education about depression and recognize when to ask for help.

Adriana Batista, Dri, is a non-binary trans queer butch who became part of the LGBTQ movement in the early 80s as a journalist. Dri worked for El Día and La Jornada newspapers in Mexico writing about women, youth, everyday life issues and publishing poetry on Sundays. In 1984 Dri co authored the book titled Liberación Homosexual (Posada Press, Mexico), to later produce comic books with humor on women, youth, LGBTQ, and public health concerns under the independent Press House “Quiero Mas;” coauthor of Esporádica, the first comic book magazine made by women in Latinoamérica (Mexico, 1988-1991); SIDA No se Quita, (California State Office of AIDS, USA, 2002); Empieza con Fuerza tu Día (California State University, Fullerton, USA, 2009). Dri has a master degree in public health and has been working doing disease management for chronic conditions for more than fifteen years, and has also developed health education materials for low literacy and high-risk populations with emphasis on the use of comics and short stories to approach target groups and to raise awareness on health disparities and access to care.

12pm - 1pm Lunch AMA with the BUTCH Voices Board
Join the BUTCH Voices board members for a Q&A session about the organization, our conference, and more.
1pm - 3pm Sunday Stories: A Butch Sermon
A spoken word event featuring masculine of center wordsmiths, poets, and authors sharing their stories. Free to conference attendees, $10 to non conference attendees. Hosted by Damnyo Lee, featuring Roya Marsh, Tiff Hubbard, Paradigm, and Nico Pang

A Bronx, New York native, Roya Marsh is a nationally recognized poet, performer, educator and activist who works feverishly toward LGBTQIA justice and dismantling white supremacy. Roya is the co-founder of the BronxPoet Laureate position and the awardee of the 2021 Lotus Foundation Prize for poetry. She is the author of dayliGht, a debut collection of poetry exploring themes of sexuality, Blackness, and the prematurity of Black femme death—all through an intersectional feminist lens with a focus on the resilience of the Black woman from MCD × FSG Originals (2020). Twitter/Instagram: @ChampagnePoet; Photo Cred: David Hong”

Tiff Hubbard is a Los Angeles based artist and poet. She was born on the island of Oahu in Hawaii but spent most of her time growing up in Colorado. Tiffany’s passion for writing poetry stems from learning to embrace the duality of her different backgrounds as an African, Asian, and American woman. Her love of hip hop and lyricism is what creates Tiff’s unique sound and cadence. Her hope is that through her work, she will inspire, educate, and move people forward in a world where it can be easy to feel left behind. Her most recent collaboration, was with the Los Angeles LGBT Center for the annual ‘Models of Pride Event’, that aims to help young students feel safe and welcomed in the community. She is a two time Slam Poetry Competition Winner at Da Poetry Lounge located in West Hollywood. Tiffany loves to talk astrology and expand her collection of house plants. She recently released her debut poetry book, “Short Poems From a Short Love” in March 2021. For more details you can check out her website tiffhubbard.com.

A native of the Universe, Joann “Paradigm” Roberts, or “The Jovian”, was born and raised in the Chicago area. A poet/MC and musician/producer; Paradigm is a 3-time slam champion as well as a Hip Hop educator and teaching artist for at-promise youth. She promotes healing, self-reflection, awareness, and liberation by blending STEM with the expressive arts, and is known for her laid back, mellow stage presence that is complimented by powerfully cosmic wording. Paradigm travels all over the U.S. and overseas, performing music and poetry, as well as facilitating Hip Hop and poetry workshops that encourage healing and self-expression in others. Having opened for Cornel West, Paradigm creates harmony in topics of philosophy, physics, and metaphysics for purposes of engaging in meaningful dialogue, creativity, and spiritual growth. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in engineering-physics with a philosophy minor at Chicago State University and earned her private pilot’s license at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Paradigm will begin working on a PhD in Astrophysics at the University of California-Davis, this fall.

Nico Pang is a poet, facilitator, and emerging playwright who blends art forms to explore ancestry, queerness, belonging, and the ways we make and unmake family. They are currently based in Boston by way of New Jersey and the Chinese diaspora. Nico has featured at open mics, panels, schools, and conferences across the New England area. They’ve also coached high school youth and college slam teams for statewide and national competitions. Nico’s first play, My Body Is a Season recently debuted at SpeakEasy Stage as part of The Boston Project: Project Resilience. You can find Nico online at nicopang.com.

3:15pm - 4:15pm Closing Drum Circle
Our Wakan Wiya Two Spirit Drum was founded and led by Indigenous Two Spirit women in the Bay Area. Our Native American medicine drum serves our Bay Area Two Spirit communities, their friends, families and allies. We support Two Spirit peoples returning to our Native drum and ceremonial traditions where healing medicine is for all. While we are a public drum, often asked to open ceremonies and events, we understand drum medicine as prayer and ceremony. Our Wakan Wiya Drum is offered as a 2S-LGBTQI community drum to celebrate, support and help heal through the heartbeat. While our drum circles are smaller personal gatherings, our drum also serves community events, openings, blessings, and drumming circles, including circles as workshops where participants can join us on the drum and learn more about this Native cultural form of healing and self-care.

Drumkeeper Zamora is a Two Spirit Yaqui and Tongva feminist scholar and organizer. She has been a ceremonial singer for many years in a Two Spirit ceremonial community. Through several years of participating in Native women’s drumming, Z has learned from other singers and drummers, sharing prayers, sharing songs and traditions. Zamora and the drum are founders of Casa TiaLuna, a medicine house for healing in our communities of color. Z also serves as drumkeeper for Spirit Root Medicine People: Indigenous Two Spirit Lifeways, a BIPOC wellness project based in the Bay Area. Zamora has worked in community-based non-profits in grant management, and has taught college classes in Chicana/o Latina/o and Latin American Studies, QPOC Queer Theory, & Oral Traditions of the Americas at CSU East Bay, University of San Francisco and Stanford University. She is currently administrator for the Department of Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Mills College.

4:30pm - 5:30pm Closing
Join the BUTCH Voices Team to close out our conference weekend. t

 

Come join us August 19-22, 2021!

Conference pass holders who register prior to August 5th will receive a ticket to attend BUTCH Voices XXX for free!