Femmelicious Productions is committed to developing and staging programs that enrich and celebrate gender diversity. In keeping with that goal, "Butchlesque" is a showcase of twenty (20) participants displaying their individual perceptions of the "butch" identity.
Through these interpretations, participants open the door to possibilities that do not require renouncing one's self in order to feel desirable and accepted. As they display their personal choices of attire and swagger, they reflect the spirit that has moved them to step out of expected roles and into their authentic lives.
The butch-identified lesbian has historically experienced significant, persistent discrimination. By providing a forum for exploration of "butch" perceptions, we are working to not only dispel old stereotypes of lesbians -- and butches in particular -- but to also allow butch-identified individuals an evening to feel the community's appreciation for their roles in the LGBT community.
We think it's going to be an amazing night and we really hope that you can be there! There will be 400 people, all your future friends, all watching the catwalk come alive with all of the music, energy and fashion that explores female masculinity and gender presentation. So please back this project and come join us for an amazing evening!
There are also many other fantastic perks to choose from, so take a look! Supporters at all levels will receive the satisfaction of having brought this enlightening program to life.
History of Butchlesque
“Butchlesque” started In June 2011 when the producer pitched the idea of a runway show featuring "butch" lesbians showcasing their style on a catwalk as a fall fundraiser for an LGBT non-profit organization. Through aggressive / enthusiastic use of social media marketing, 15 participants showcased their perceptions of the “butch” identity to a sold-out crowd of 230. “Butchlesque” was so eagerly received that, right up to the curtain rising, people were trying to acquire tickets to this event.
Apart from the attendance success of “Butchlesque,” we are still hearing from those who were excited to be present that night, and we have received countless thank-you’s from women who felt they had finally found something that “spoke” to their lifestyle / identity. Women who were reluctant to participate in the show themselves, but who attended the show, have since said that they wish they’d stepped out on that catwalk. And the participants have reached out to share the impact that the show has had on them. Most have stayed in contact with one another, have shared holidays together, and have voiced a desire to recreate this experience.
As a result, we are turning to the Kickstarter community to produce a bigger and better installment of “Butchlesque” so the Butchlesque Family can include even more women.
Competition in Butchlesque is open to all lesbians over 21 who self-identify as "butch".
Since we want to see the Butchlesque Family grow to include even more women, we have answered the plea to incorporate femmes into the show! A Hot Legs contest will allow 10 women to compete for the title of "Butchlesque Babe", as determined by audience applause. The Hot Legs contest is open to all lesbians over 21.
Contestants will compete for titles in three (3) categories: “Dapper”, “Beefcake” and “Crowd Favorite”. “Dapper” and “Beefcake” will be judged by three judges who shall remain unidentified until the start of the show. “Crowd Favorite” will be selected by audience participation. The winner of each category will receive a $500 cash prize, a photograph package from the Official Butchlesque Photographer, and other prizes as received from corporate sponsors.
Prizes are being offered to bring a broader participant pool for wider array of interpretation. Since each category will be judged independently, it is possible to win all three “butch” categories and take home a total of $1,500 in cash prizes.
The show will be held at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom (in Gulfport, Florida) which offers 5,000 square feet for a capacity of 400, a full bar, lighting and sound equipment.
The funding goal is set at $5,300 which will be used to cover the costs associated with renting the venue on the night of the show and on two other evenings for rehearsals, hiring a DJ, renting a catwalk, etc. If we exceed our funding goal, excess funds will be used to expand the Butchlesque Family by producing the show in other cities.
Help Launch this Fun LGBT Project
You can help Butchlesque succeed by hitting “share” on Facebook and twitter, and by forwarding our Kickstarter campaign via e-mail. Pease pass this information along, and help launch a forum for butch-identified individuals to lead authentic lives!
We are accepting applicaitons to be in the show!
Be sure to get your recommended daily allowance of BUTCH!
Butchlesque can transform you from geek to chic!
AND THE WINNER IS....
Butchlesque 2012 is raising the stakes for its' sophomore outing. In addition to fantastic tangibles like portrait packages from Official Butchlesque Photographer Alex Melo, contestants will be vying for $500 cash prizes in each of these three categories: Beefcake; Dapper; and Crowd Favorite. Let's see if we can get everyone on the same page, as far as what the judges will look for when awarding these prizes....
Traditionally, "beefcake" means a minimally-attired display of muscular physique. More modernly (and bluntly) put: eye candy! The judges -- and our salivating audience of femmes -- are going to be watching for that ultimate butch reflection of strength & stamina. Someone who puts the "muscle" in "muscle shirt"...who is so reeking of testosterone that the spectators along the catwalk will be bathing in it when she swaggers by. Just as important as the physical form, is the attitude that the contestant exudes. This butch's theme music in her head will be nothing short of LMFAO's "I'm Sexy & I Know It".
For the "dapper" portion of the competition, "smart & stylish" are the buzz words. If you wouldn't be caught dead in it at a romantic dinner with your femme -- or if your femme tells you that she wouldn't be caught dead in public with you dressed a particular way -- don't bring it to Gulfport on June 2nd either! We want to see neatly groomed, well-tailored evening wear. Sharp accessories -- like that special handpainted tie, or those cuff links that usually don't leave the fireproof lock box -- are the order of the day.
And finally, the category which should just have been called "Pandemonium": CROWD FAVORITE! All evening, the "Butchlesque" contestants will have brought their a-games. You'll have moved like Jagger during the beefcake competition. You'll have looked so suave & debonair during the dapper segment of the show that femmes were wilting right out of their seats & onto the floor. You'll have struck all the right poses & wowed the judges. You'll have done your best to get every available friend & family member to fill the seats and, thus, try to also fill your audience voting buckets. But there's still that unknown, wild-card factor. There's that single femme in the corner...just attending with friends...doesn't know anyone in the show, and your sparkling smile caught her at a weak moment. And she's got a stripper wallet chock full of singles, just waiting to show her admiration. When you're in the audience, stumping for those greenback "votes", the femmes are going to forget all of their decorum! (Last September, one contestant found a dollar bill in a location where only her gynecologist should've been!) In other words, leave your manners in the dressing area for this portion of the show. It's no-holds-barred...anybody's ballgame...so go out there & work your best butch mojo!
"And the winner is...."
Come to the Gulfport Casino Ballroom on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. to find out!
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