In this Queer Memoir Presents, we’ll be hearing stories from butch/stud identified people of from different queer generations, including a special reading from West Coast’s Jeanne Cordova and her award-winning memoir, When We Were Outlaws. Keep checking for updates and RSVP on facebook.
Pioneering rebel activist Jeanne Cordova is a founder of the West Coast LGBTQ movement. Her new book When We Were Outlaws just won the prestigious Publishing Triangle Lesbian Non-fiction award, and is a ‘Lammy’ award finalist.
Cordova chaired the Butch Voices LA Conference in 2010, and co-founded Butch Nation in 2011. Currently her band of guerilla activists–LEX (the Lesbian Exploratorium)– creates political, art and history events, including “GenderPlay in Lesbian Culture.” Cordova published The Lesbian Tide and her journalism continues with essays in award-winning anthologies like Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, Lesbian Nuns: Breaking the Silence and Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader. jeannecordova.com
Lea Robinson is a multi-talented butch. You may recognize her as the emcee for Boxers Off! An Evening of Butch Burlesque, L Boogie of L Boogie Productions, or from New York’s Butch Voices conference (www.butchvoices.com). You may have also seen her as “Officer Ruffins” in the lesbian serial ROOM FOR CREAM at La MaMa, as “Alma” in BUTCH MAMAS at WOW Cafe, “JT” in LET THEM EAT CAKE AT Dixon Place, or in the Bulldyke Chronicles at Dixon Place. Robinson was also featured in GO Magazine’s 2009 Edition of 100 Women We Love. In her former life, Robinson was a baller and played in a final four, which has led to her ongoing work with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and It Takes a Team! on homophobia and transphobia in athletics. Robinson is a gay for pay at a local university and very happy to be here with you this evening! Robinson and director Elizabeth Whitney also collaborate on The Miscegenations Project (www.miscegenations.org), an educational theatre project on intersections of identity. www.learobinsonactor.com.
Sinclair Sexsmith writes the award-winning personal online project Sugarbutch Chronicles: The Sex, Gender, and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky Queer Butch Top at sugarbutch.net. She has contributed to more than a dozen anthologies, including four Best Lesbian Erotica collections, Sometimes She Lets Me: Best Butch/Femme Erotica, Visible: A Femmethology Volume II, Persistence: Still Butch and Femme, and Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, and writes regularly for AfterEllen.com, SexIsMagazine.com, and LambdaLiterary.com. Mr. Sexsmith is on the board of the Lesbian Sex Mafia in New York City, joined the board of the BUTCH Voices conference as Media Chair in 2012, and serves the Body Electric School as a coordinator. She is the guest editor of Best Lesbian Erotica 2012 and editor of Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica, both from Cleis Press. More information about her events, workshops, and projects at mrsexsmith.com
Ryann Makenzi Holmes, 26, Bed Stuy, Bk, NY — entrepreneur, student, biker, skater, DJ boi — was born in Washington, DC and raised primarily in Largo, Maryland. She currently attends Baruch College in New York, working tirelessly towards the “coveted” MBA. She resides in Brooklyn, where she attributes the inspiration for her first entrepreneurial endeavor, bklyn boihood, a community organization dedicated to the empowerment and visibility of masculine presenting queer and trans folks of color.
KELLI DUNHAM is a ex-nun, genderqueerious stand-up nerd comic, one of Velvet Park Magazine’s 25 Significant Queer Women of 2011 and author of four books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by Sonlight conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. She has two comedy CDs “I am NOT a 12 Year Old Boy” and “Almost Pretty” to her credit, both of which are in frequent rotation on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Rawdog Station. She is the co-founder, with Genne Murphy, of Queer Memoir.