BUTCH   HEROES

 

    This portrait series is my quest to find people in history with whom I can identify. I use the format of traditional Catholic holy cards to highlight queer history by presenting people who were born female bodied, who had documented relationships with women, and whose gender presentation was more masculine than feminine. The portraits involve extensive research into aspects of each person's life, social class, occupation, clothing and environment. I strive to be historically accurate and culturally sensitive to each individual. I search for people from diverse ethnic, societal, and geographic backgrounds, who were born before or around the turn of the twentieth century. Many of these individuals have been heterosexualized, criminalized, or their stories were intentionally censored in an effort to hide their queer identity.

To read a more detailed statement of my process and use of terminology, please see the About Butch Heroes page.

 
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