A Conference For 'Butches'

Members of 'Butch Voices' gather for their first meeting in Oakland, Calif. i i

Members of 'Butch Voices' gather for their first meeting in Oakland, Calif. Pictured: Jeanne Cordova, Ivan E. Coyote, S. Bear Bergman, Joe LeBlanc. Courtesy of Joe LeBlanc hide caption

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Members of 'Butch Voices' gather for their first meeting in Oakland, Calif.

Members of 'Butch Voices' gather for their first meeting in Oakland, Calif. Pictured: Jeanne Cordova, Ivan E. Coyote, S. Bear Bergman, Joe LeBlanc.

Courtesy of Joe LeBlanc

Last weekend hundreds gathered in Oakland, Calif., for a conference billed as the the first such gathering for "Butch Voices," a group of men, women and transgendered people to talk about what it means to be masculine — even if you're not a man.

Guest host Jennifer Ludden talks about what it means to be butch, and the conference, with founder Joe LeBlanc, and conference logistics coordinator Krys Freeman.

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