This weekend has been a flurry of preparation for the upcoming Butch Voices conference, happening later this week in Oakland. I’ll be performing twice at the conference, as well as teaching a workshop. I’m excited to meet and reconnect with butch and other masculine-of-center folks from all over the country.
I’m really looking forward to teaching a workshop as part of the conference. My workshop is all about butches and testosterone– going on it, going off it, and what the hormone means in our communities. Just as a result of my post about going off of T, I’ve had some really great conversations about testosterone in the past few weeks, and I hope that teaching this workshop will be an opportunity to expand these conversations. The conference organizers haven’t released the workshop schedule yet, but I’ll post the time and location for my workshop as soon as I find out what it is.
I will first be performing as part of the Butch Nation performance on Saturday, August 20th at 7pm at the Kaiser Center Lakeside Theatre (300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland CA). I’m going to be doing an excerpt from Radclyffe, which seems particularly appropriate to me at a conference all about butch and masculine of center identities. After all, Radclyffe Hall has been called THE prototypical ‘mannish lesbian.’
On Sunday, Sassafras and I will be performing as part of the Spoken Word Brunch. We’re performing an excerpt from a new piece that we are writing together, titled ‘Flame.’ There are plenty of other great performers at both events, too many of them to list here. Just trust me– you don’t want to miss it!
There are still props to prepare and bags to pack– so I’ll wrap this up for now. Hope to see you in Oakland!