Statement on Identity

Butchfest is not here to determine identities or their validity. The way(s) an individual identifies is an extremely personal matter and can be a culmination of things including experiences, desires, perceptions, and personal empowerment. A person’s clothing, anatomy, significant other(s), etc. do not determine their identity. Your identity is yours. We do not believe in denying anyone of that human right. Not everyone identifies with a specific term or fits neatly into any particular definition—and that’s okay! There will be no judging or patrolling of identities. It is asked that all participants respect the different identities and backgrounds throughout all of the events to help ensure that this remain a safe space, free of judgment.

The BUTCH Voices Community Conversation will have options for closed space those who personally identify as Masculine of Center* in some way. This is not to exclude or invalidate any identity, but simply to further encourage open communication and affirmation among those identifying as MoC. There are many ways to identify as MoC and all such participants are welcome regardless of whether their identity is fluid or static.

Again, these identities are personal. The purpose of Butchfest is not to limit one another, but to further celebrate our community and it’s diversity. There will be no gender policing, we only ask that everyone be respectful and considerate of the varying identities and interpretations, so as not to invalidate anyone’s experiences.

* Masculine of center (MoC) is a term, coined by B. Cole of the Brown Boi Project, that recognizes the breadth and depth of identity for lesbian/queer/womyn who tilt toward the masculine side of the gender scale and includes a wide range of identities such as butch, stud, aggressive/AG, dom, macha, tomboi, trans-masculine etc.

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