The Butch Project was created in March 2010 in a response to the numerous personal ads that would state: “no butches,” “butch women need not contact,” “ONLY FEMMES,” “not butches, androgynous okay.” Within my community, I found butch culture depleting, resentment building, and the community ripping at the seams. In a complete panic, I sought my surroundings for people who identified as “butch.” And, with a lot of disappointment and little surprise, noticed – for the first time – I was alone in my butchness.
Though each subset of the queer community faces their own issues and complications, I wanted to focus on this recent phenomenon of butch-phobia and the disappearance of strong butch culture and community. We need to connect. We need to share stories. We need to create an anthology, develop a community, and present a source of inspiration for those queer women/womyn/transmen/genderqueers/bois/etc. in a new generation who are facing discouragement. We need to expand and integrate our stories so that one day this anthology, this project, will serve to give a better understanding of the “butch” community. The project asks for your stories and your voices to be heard to serve the butch community justice. The only way to truly represent “butch” is not in one opinion, one format. The project is open to interviewing and collecting writing pieces, pictures, etc. from everyone identifying as butch or butch appreciator.