I love the phrase that Butch Voices uses to describe the primary universe of folks it convenes as: “masculine of center.” Not that it didn’t make me twinge when I first saw the cover of Jack (a.k.a. Judith) Halberstam’s brilliant book: Female Masculinity.
Hell, growing up in rural southwest Texas, masculine was the worst thing a woman could be. But as I struggled to overcome internalized butchphobia, and now revel in the company of fellow dapperQs who range from genderqueer to butch to trans to more, I also know we’ve had little to unify those of us who resisted our mother’s admonitions to “act like a lady.” The world was against us and too often we pit ourselves against one another.
That’s why I wanted to share this snippet of an interview Anita Dolce Vita conducted with Tiq Milan who is featured in this month’s He Said/We Said. (His bio page and stats are coming up later this week.) In it, he responds to the question of whether there is a difference in butch and trans fashion.
A transman who spent years dressing as a self-identified butch woman, he’s uniquely qualified to comment. But so are you. dapperQ is committed to building community across the spectrum of all who identify as masculine of center. Whether you comment specifically on the points Tiq raises or simply declare yourself for the first time in our comments section, you advance solidarity for our rapidly growing family, and all the little ones who follow in our dandy brogues…