May 4, 2019

Many people may have only just heard about Semenya - after the highly publicised IAAF ruling against her a few days ago. If she wants to continue to compete she will have to take contraceptive medication to bring her testosterone levels down to ‘normal’. All, they say,...

January 5, 2018

The theme of the next Butch, Please! is Butch Icons  - which got me thinking about what that means and who are some of mine. 

I often think about my Great Aunty Lilly. Over dinner last year writer and activist Amrit Wilson encouraged me to write about her.  

Bu...

July 28, 2017

It's so awesome to see so much going on around the 50th anniversary of decriminalisation. The focus, of course, has been on gay men - who were so terribly criminalised.

Sex between women has never been illegal in the UK. The erasure of lesbians affects - all - wome...

January 25, 2017

In the last month, the entry on ‘Femme’ has been re-written on Wikipedia. 

You can read that entry here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femme

There is now no mention of the historical origins of Butch and Femme - as people of colour and working class lesbian identities -...

August 5, 2016

This is a post from Facebook by Hank Bobbit, (Berlin based musician, barber and butch) who performed at the last Butch, Please! Dykes on Bikes. I think it speaks to so many of us who identify as butch - and the ways in which our way of life is misunderstood....

June 22, 2016

I came out in clubs. Age 20, I didn’t know any gay people. I didn’t know where to start. With my shaved head and ripped 501s, I was unsure how to find acceptance, let alone love. I picked up a copy of City Limits, and volunteered at the Lesbian and Gay Centre. Tremblin...

June 10, 2016

The term was first used when 'Dykes on Bikes’ opened San Francisco Pride in the late ’70’s butwomen had been causing a stir on motorcycles long before then.

The idea and the sight of a woman on motorbike was and still is seen as radical and defiant. A woman who rides he...

June 3, 2016

The blue dye used for denim was originally taken from the Indigofera tinctotia plant and has been used across time and the world over because of it's strength of colour and resistance to light and water. 

 

But it was also, and perhaps more interestingly, because of...

June 1, 2016

A few months ago I walked some friends (a straight couple) to the tube from our house after dinner. We’d had a lovely evening and lots of drinks so I didn’t think too much about why I felt so relaxed. 

 

Later I realised it was because I had been walking the streets with...

May 9, 2016

I feel butch in boots. I feel grounded, literally, and I feel like whatever happens in the world I’m better placed to handle it in a pair of well made boots. 

 

For many years I yearned after men’s boots that didn’t come in smaller sizes, until I discovered Red Wings abo...

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