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 Check out the just added conference overview page.

More details on our Evening events. One and two day pass options. Evening event tickets available. Get registered and start planning your itinerary while you're in Oakland.

It's going to be one happening weekend! http://www.butchvoices.com/conference/

BV Raffle and Sharon Bridgforth

Thank you to everyone who has donated items for the raffle. Check out some of the items we have so far for the BV raffle that will take place at the conference. We are still accepting raffle donations - email us sponsorship@butchvoices.com.

Also check out the pdf link to Sharon Bridgforth's essay, a wo'mn called sir.
 Just added to the Butch Voices website - our workshop summaries. Come check out the AMAZING programming going on at the Butch Voices conference this August in Oakland.


Also just added to the Butch Voices website - our fantastic line-up of presenters and panelists. Find out more about the phenomenal people sharing their voices at the conference in Oakland.

We are a little over ONE month away from the conference in Oakland. Here are some dates of importance that you need to be aware of. Get your voice heard and beat the deadlines to save money on registration and reservations too!

Saturday night, July 11th is the big night in Austin! 
The Gender Blender Splendor Variety Show
@ The Rusty Spurs
Austin, TX


Join the Butches and Studs of ATX along with your emcee Belinda Carol for a night of live musical performances, burlesque, drag kings, drag queens, strip-offs, comedy, AND date auctions, all to benefit the Butch Voices Conference this Fall.

July 15th - deadline for ads for the Butch Voices conference program. 

Still have ad and vendor spaces left for the taking. People are traveling from all over North America to attend this event in Oakland this August. Be sure to get your business or organization involved with the first ever Butch Voices conference.

Check out the link below to see the variety of ad spaces we have for you to choose from:

Sign up to be a sponsor and get conference tickets, ad space, and vendor space all for one price. Check out the link below to view the packages we have to offer.

Get your product or services into the hands of our attendees and your business shopped by people from all over. Vendor opportunities still available:

July 20th
Extended deadline for financial aid and scholarship applications. Higher income limit and new deadline of July 20th. Get your application in to help you attend this amazing conference.
Apply online http://www.butchvoices.com/registration/scholarships/ or email cristycardinal@gmail.com for more information.

July 30th
Let's Hear It For the Butch!
Portland Performance fundraiser
Egyptian Club
Portland, OR

Come out and see Sahara Dunes and one hellva show. See what the latest fashions are, and support Butch Voices. 


July 31st.
Don't forget to reserve your room at the host hotel. Stay where all the action is happening in Oakland. Be privy to the after hours shenanigans and hook ups going on, pool parties, you name it. By staying in the host hotel you are where all the magic happens and won't miss a minute of this fantastic weekend.
Cut off date is approaching - July 31st. Take advantage of the conference rate of $119 per night (savings of at least $50 each night!) by reserving today with the conference code on the link below:

August 1st
And last but not least REGISTER for the conference today. $100 registration, $85 for volunteers who are doing 4 hours of volunteer time over the conference weekend. Pricing will go up August 1st, so don't wait until the last minute!
Scholarship and Financial Aid Deadline Extension

It's not too late to apply for financial aid or a scholarship for the 2009 Butch Voices conference, as we've extended the deadline to July 20. 

We've also decided to increase the maximum income someone can make in order to qualify: $33,125 (give or take a few hundred). 

Please go to www.butchvoices.com/scholarships to apply. If you have questions, you can contact cristycardinal@gmail.com. Thanks!

Butch Voices - Radio Appearances

Tune in to BV on Sippin On Ink at 8pm EST on July 1st and also check us out on an archived episode of The Radio Boiz


Keynote Speakers

Butch Voices is completely ecstatic to announce three amazing voices as our Keynote speakers at the 2009 Butch Voices conference this August 20-23, 2009 in Oakland. We are fortunate to present Jeanne Córdova on Friday, August 21st, S. Bear Bergman on Saturday August 22nd, and Malkia “Mac” Cyril on Sunday August 23rd.


Jeanne Córdova, Feminist Butch - Activist, Publisher & Author – has devoted her life to activism on behalf of the LGBTQ community. She began 39 years ago as L.A. President of the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), opening the first lesbian center in L.A. in 1971. She founded The Lesbian Tide - the national newsmagazine recognized as “the paper of record for lesbian feminist decade (1971-1980). Read More

S. Bear Bergman (www.sbearbergman.com) is an author, a theater artist, an instigator, a gender-jammer, and a good example of what happens when you overeducate a contrarian. Ze is also the author of Butch Is a Noun (Suspect Thoughts Press, 2006) and the forthcoming The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You (Arsenal Pulp, October 2009), three award-winning solo performances, and is a frequent contributor to anthologies on all manner of topics from the sacred to the extremely profane. Read More

Malkia “Mac” Amala Cyril is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice in Oakland, CA.- a national media strategy and action center building a powerful grassroots movement for racial and economic justice through media change. Key projects include the Media Justice Movement-Building Initiative, the Justice Communications Initiative, as well as training and tools to help grassroots organizers and leaders become better strategic storytellers and media activists. Read More

Read the Entire Keynote Speaker Page Here

Butch Voices Programming

The Butch Voices’ Programming Co-Chairs and committee proudly present to you a working list of workshops and sessions along with their presenters.  We are beyond thrilled at the topics being covered over the conference weekend.  The list is in alphabetic order and of course subject to change.

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Conference Performances

The Performance Chairs of the 2009 Butch Voices conference - Arnetta Smith (aka King McQueen) and Kelli Dunham - would like to give you a quick glance of amazing performers for the Butch Voices 2009 Performance and Spoken Word. Be aware, however, that the lineup is subject to change as Butch Voices will be finalizing the line-ups until the week of the conference.

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Dyke March and Pride in San Francisco

Butch Voices will have a team of volunteers and steering committee members handing out conference flyers over Pride weekend in San Francisco.

If you’d like to join this team, send us an email butchvoices@gmail.com

Take advantage of the discount included on the flyer to use towards registration.

Click here to download flyers: Flyer 1 and Flyer 2


Save on Registration - Butch Voices Pride Flyer


Butch Voices Needs You!

Pride is upon us in many areas across the globe over the next two months. Butch Voices is looking to have street teams for flyering purposes to get the word out about the conference happening this August 20th -23rd  in Oakland.

We’re offering $10 off the registration rate for those using the code included on the flyer.  So we encourage everyone to hang on to the flyer and take advantage of the discount code when signing up to attend the conference.

We’re including this black and white pdf version that can be downloaded and printed on your end to distribute and let folks know about Butch Voices.  We chose black and white as a cost effective version that we could pass on to you on the flip side in printing purposes.

Butch Voices Pride Flyer


We’re also going to be flyering in the Bay area over Pride weekend at the Dyke March and the Pride Parade with our own mass produced flyers.  If you’re interested in being a part of the team who are distributing these, send us an email at butchvoices@gmail.com.

Check out the info on our:

Sponsorship Packages

Vendor Options


Sign up today to reserve your spot and be a part of the Butch Voices conference in Oakland this August.

Butch Voices Conference - Room and Ride Share


We are looking for help with transportation and weekend housing during the Butch Voices conference in Oakland. In this time of economic difficulty, any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Do you have a spare bed or couch for conference participants?

Would you be willing to drive from the host hotel to local activities?

Do you have a room at the host hotel and have space for a roommate to share expenses?

Are you interested in splitting costs by having a roll-away bed in your room to provide someone with a place to stay?

Are you coming to the conference from out of town and need accommodations or transportation?

Send an e-mail to Schon Wade who is overseeing this area for Butch Voices: schonwade@comcast.net.

Provide your contact information: name, email address and phone number. Let us know how you would like to help provide assistance for others attending the conference or your need for assistance as an attendee.

Please enter Butch housing in the subject line.

You will receive a reply as quickly as possible to confirm receipt. As the conference dates get closer, Schon will coordinate what information is received, connecting local Bay area volunteers with attendees needing assistance.

Thanks again for any help you can provide. We are looking forward to hearing from you and seeing everyone at the conference in August.