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A music-and-fashion-driven exploration of female masculinity, as interpeted by butch-identified women of diverse backgrounds.
A music-and-fashion-driven exploration of female masculinity, as interpeted by butch-identified women of diverse backgrounds.
30 backers pledged $5,560 to help bring this project to life.

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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

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

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.

Venue

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. 

Funding

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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    Not only will you have our undying love & adoration, AND on-line shout-outs, but the Producer will send you a personal thank-you memorabilia card (bearing the Butchlesque logo). Yes, we will need your address; no, we will never bother you again.

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    In addition to officially joining the Butchlesque Family, you will also receive a 12-month Butch/Femme calendar displaying femme identified women in power positions. The professionally printed and spiral bound calendar will be shipped in September 2012 for the 2013 calendar year.

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    SINGLE FEMMES TABLE!! GET A TICKET TO THE SHOW and sit at our special SINGLE FEMMES table in the front of the room! EVERYONE in the room will know you are single, approachable AND Femme identified!! In addition to officially joining the Butchlesque Family, you will receive a personal thank-you memorabilia card (bearing the Butchlesque logo), signed by the Producer. You will also receive one (1) ticket to the Butchlesque 2012 show in Gulfport, FL, scheduled for June 02, 2012 and receive this special seating (travel not included).

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    Join the Butchlesque Family & receive one (1) one ticket to the Butchlesque 2012 show in Gulfport, FL, on June 02, 2012. (Travel not included.)

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    BUSINESS CARD SIZE ADVERTISEMENT - Reach LGBT individuals residing within the Tampa Bay area with your business-card sized ad in the Butchlesque printed show Program. The LGBT community's brand loyalty is second to none.

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    GET THE DVD, signed by the Producer! Can't make it to the show, but don't want to miss the catwalk action? Order the DVD and avoid the lines at the bar when you reserve your copy of the Butchlesque 2012 DVD! You will also receive a personal thank-you memorabilia card (bearing the Butchlesque logo), signed by the Producer (Reward includes domestic shipping costs - International buyers, please add $10 for shipping.)

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    In addition to officially joining the Butchlesque Family, you will receive a t-shirt with the Butchlesque logo! Please indicate size when ordering (Men's or Women's - Medium, Large, Xtra Large)

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    SINGLE BUTCHES TABLE!! GET A TICKET TO THE SHOW and sit at our special SINGLE BUTCHES table in the front of the room! EVERYONE in the room will know you are single, approachable AND Butch identified!! In addition to officially joining the Butchlesque Family, you will receive a personal thank-you memorabilia card (bearing the Butchlesque logo), signed by the Producer. You will also receive one (1) ticket to the Butchlesque 2012 show in Gulfport, FL, scheduled for June 02, 2012 and receive this special seating (travel not included).

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    In addition to officially joining the Butchlesque family, you will receive a personal invitation to an "exclusive" Butchlesque pool party on May 5 in Sarasota. Sorry boys, but this is for the ladies (and BOIs) only! The location has been reserved, but will only be disclosed to backers selecting this reward and admittance will require presentation of the invitation to enter. (Travel not included.)

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    SHOW PLUS EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK! In addition to officially joining the Butchlesque Family, you will receive a personal thank-you memorabilia card (bearing the Butchlesque logo), signed by the Producer. You will also receive one (1) ticket to the Butchlesque 2012 show in Gulfport, FL, scheduled for June 02, 2012. But wait! There's MORE! You'll have an
    opportunity to get a sneak-peek of the show on May 21, 2012, when the final dress rehearsal takes place! Then you can go back and tell all
    your friends about the great time that's in store for everyone! (Travel not included.)

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    HONORARY PRODUCER PACKAGE! In addition to officially joining the Butchlesque Family, you will receive a personal thank-you memorabilia card (bearing the Butchlesque logo), signed by the Producer. You will also receive a gold-sealed certificate, suitable for framing, that proclaims you to be an Honorary Producer of Butchlesque; you will be the envy of all of your friends! You'll also be credited as an Honorary Producer in the DVD credits!

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    GET TWO TICKETS TO THE SHOW! In addition to officially joining the Butchlesque Family, you will receive one (1) personal thank-you memorabilia card (bearing the Butchlesque logo), signed by the Producer. You will also receive two (2) tickets to the Butchlesque 2012 show in Gulfport, FL, scheduled for June 02, 2012 (travel not included).

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    HALF-PAGE SIZE ADVERTISEMENT -- Reach LGBT individuals residing within the Tampa Bay area with your HALF-PAGE advertisement in our printed show Program and have your pre-approved promotional items distributed to VIPs. The LGBT community's brand loyalty is second to none.

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    TWO SHOW TICKETS INCLUDING EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK! In addition to officially joining the Butchlesque Family, you will receive one (1) personal thank-you memorabilia card (bearing the Butchlesque logo), signed by the Producer. You will also receive two (2) tickets to the Butchlesque 2012 show in Gulfport, FL, scheduled for June 02, 2012. Hold on, though! We're not done rewarding your generosity & support! You'll also have an opportunity for you and one (1) friend to attend the final dress rehearsal on May 21, 2012. You'll get a feel for what the show's format will be, AND be able to scope-out where the best seats will be located. (Travel not included.)

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    ATTAIN VIP STATUS! In addition to officially joining the Butchlesque Family, you will receive one (1) personal thank-you memorabilia card (bearing the Butchlesque logo), signed by the Producer. You will also receive two (2) VIP tickets for prime seating along the stage / catwalk for the Butchlesque 2012 show in Gulfport, FL, scheduled for June 02, 2012, as well as a VIP goodie bag AND the opportunity to mingle with the contestants and creative team after the show. (Travel not included.)

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    FULL PAGE ADVERTISEMENT - Reach LGBT individuals residing within the Tampa Bay area with your FULL PAGE ADVERTISEMENT in our printed show Program and have your pre-approved promotional items distributed to VIPs. We will also include your company logo and a link to your website on Butchlesque.com. The LGBT community's brand loyalty is second to none.

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    BACK PAGE ADVERTISEMENT - Reach LGBT individuals residing within the Tampa Bay area with your BACK PAGE ADVERTISEMENT in our printed show Program and have your pre-approved promotional items distributed to VIPs. We will also include your company logo and include a link to your website on Butchlesque.com. The LGBT community's brand loyalty is second to none.

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    Reserve a FULL TABLE for YOU and 9 of your friends!! Reserving this 10-seat table for $225 is like getting one ticket to the show for FREE! Besides joining the Butchlesque Family & receiving one (1) personal memorabilia card bearing the Butchlesque logo, you'll receive ten (10) tickets -- that's ONE RESERVED TABLE. You will sit in the best seats in the house -- prime paparazzi spots -- surrounded by your BFF's! (Travel not included.)

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    BUTCHLESQUE PRIZE AMBASSADOR! You'll receive two (2) VIP tickets to the Butchlesque 2012 show, scheduled for June 02, 2012, in
    Gulfport, FL. On the night of the show, you'll announce the winners in the three prize categories AND hand the winners their prizes on stage! This will require your attendance at the dress rehearsal on May 21, 2012. As VIP ticket holders, you're also invited to mingle with the contestants and creative team after the show. (Travel not included.)

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND COMMEMORATIVE SCRAPBOOK - Long after the show ends, you'll be able to reminisce with this one-of-a-kind collection of photos from the Official Butchlesque Photographer, covering everything from the dressing area to the catwalk. The creative team will also be providing their hand-written candid memories & thoughts throughout the pages. The Producer will personally dedicate this keepsake to you, with thanks for your backing of this project.

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    VIP's ROCK!! We want to give you one (1) free ticket to the Butchlesque 2012 show in Gulfport, FL, on June 02, 2012! Besides joining the Butchlesque Family & receiving one (1) personal memorabilia card bearing the Butchlesque logo, you'll receive ten (10) tickets -- that's ONE VIP RESERVED TABLE. You will sit in the best seats in the house -- prime paparazzi spots -- surrounded by your BFF's! You will ALL be invited to mingle with the contestants and creative team after the show. (Travel not included.)

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PACKAGE: In addition to officially joining the Butchlesque Family, you will receive Associate Producer credit on the DVD, show Program, and be listed as an Associate Producer on Butchlesque.com.

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    RUNWAY SPONSOR: Corporate sponsors will
    have their logos emblazoned on the printed Programs; be highlighted in press releases; have a corporate link on Butchlesque.com; be recognized from the stage by the emcee; and be permitted to place table signage and pre-approved promotional items on designated / assigned VIP table(s). Corporate sponsors will reach the LGBT community with unparalled visibility and branding opportunities.
    The LGBT community buying power is approaching $800 billion. This reward is open to up to 4 sponsors -- buy all four and become OUR EXCLUSIVE CORPORATE SPONSOR!

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    LOVERS' GETAWAY PACKAGE: As members of the Butchlesque Family, you'll receive two (2) VIP tickets to the Butchlesque 2012 show in
    Gulfport, FL, scheduled for June 02, 2012. You'll have two of the best seats at the stage / catwalk! You'll mingle with the contestants
    and creative team after the show. In addition to overnight accommodations at an upscale hotel near the venue, you'll receive round-trip car service to and from the show from that hotel; complimentary dinner for two prior to the show; a thank-you video posted on our website and a member of the Butchlesque creative team will call you up on-stage to present you with a special gift that recognizes your significant contribution to the show.

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