Butch/Stud: Celebrating butch visibility and pride
LAST UPDATED // Saturday, 18 February 2017 10:20 Written by // Cec Busby
Roll up the sleeve on your Bonds tee, grab your bovver boots and bring a bold attitude – a celebration of butch culture is landing at this year’s Mardi Gras Festival.
“Butch women are desperate for butch content and a space where butch women can get together and create and build up a community.” So says Michelle Ring about the upcoming event, Butch/Stud, part of the Mardi Gras Festival.
Ring says she was inspired to create Butch/Stud after attending a butch-focused party in Melbourne and says Mardi Gras seemed the perfect time to launch her own butch-flavoured event.
‘There’s not a lot of women-focused events in the Mardi Gras calendar and I’ve never been to a butch-only event or an event that celebrates our history,” she tells SX.
“Personally I’m super interested in researching our history as a community so I thought would create this event and put a call out saying if you want to get involved give me a shout.”
Ring says the response has been overwhelming with volunteers stepping up across all areas to help make Butch/Stud a reality. Everyone involved is performing or giving their time for gratis – including Melbourne comedian Kirsty Webeck, who is flying up especially to deliver a spot.
Ring says Butch/Stud is just the beginning and she hopes to use the event as a springboard to host other Butch/Stud gatherings throughout the year.
“I want to make Butch/Stud financially accessible to everyone. I’m really interested in creating spaces where younger lesbians or LGBT people can come and connect with the older generation and exchange experiences. Kind of like a casual mentor situation. I have a lot of older butches and dykes who looked after me when I was a baby dyke – and I’d like to continue that tradition.”
Ring says she is looking forward seeing the community come together and is excited to see the young performers do their stuff. Mostly she can’t wait for that moment when the Red Rattler is filled to the brim with the butch community and she has the chance to welcome them and thank everyone for coming along.
“We’ve had a pretty tough year and sometimes when you go online there is so much hate. I think it’s really important to have space that’s warm and inviting where you can have a human connection and have some fun.”
Butch/Stud takes over the Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham Street, Marrickville on February 23 from 7pm. Book tickets at eventbrite.com
[image] PHOTO: C MOORE HARDY
- TOPICS: butch culture, Butch Stud, lesbian culture, lesbian event, Mardi Gras, Michelle Ring
- CATEGORIES: PONY, Feature