1. What is your relationship with the word or id entity “butch?”
While I think there is a whole crew of people now who are reinventing what it means to be butch, I came up feeling afraid to claim it in case people decided I wasn’t butch “enough.” My butchness isn’t particularly tough, or hard. My masculinity is more akin to queer male masculinity–faggy butch, you might call it.
2. What kind of words and labels, if any, do you use to identify yourself?
I would identify with the label genderqueer before the label butch, although I like both.
3. What do you wish you could tell your younger self about sex, sexuality, or gender?
I wish I could tell my younger self not to be so self-conscious, not to care so much about other people’s judgments. There is room for all of us inside these labels, and the way we reinvent them is what keeps things interesting.