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BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

October 20 2013 8:25 AM ET

BUTCH Voices Gets Butches Baking?

At the 2013 National Biennial BUTCH Voices Conference, Oakland offered up a city proclamation from Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember At-Large; butch fashion designer Saint Harridan celebrated the diversity of masculine-of-center and trans bodies and fashion;  butch-owned Café Gabriela catered; women watched the international award-winning film Stud Life by CampbellX; and keynote speakers CherrÍe Moraga and Jay Toole wowed. BUTCH Voices has been building a masculine-of-center community since 2008.

Since the conference is produced solely through the efforts of an all-volunteer board and a minimal budget, BUTCH Voices is asking fans and supporters to chip in to help cover all of 2013's costs so that the conference continues in the future.

Organizers say: "At the core we are about improving the recognition and respect for masculine-of-center people and their families. This year’s conference proved our commitment by enforcing deeper accessibility; providing safer space to address prevailing issues of racism, transphobia and misogyny within butch circles; and fully utilizing social media to promote daily positive representation of butches, studs, machas, and other masculine-of-center folks. We love the cultural work we do but, despite its extraordinary gains- we currently need your financial support."

Watch these two videos, including highlights and Baking With Butches, to get inspired.

 

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