Tonight, while writing our Christmas cards, my wife got bored and started drawing on my arm with a pen. What did she write? “Butch,” of course. Just like Lea Delaria.
Now, I would never claim to be as Butch as Lea. Nor would I claim to be as talented a singer as Lea. I would never claim to be as funny as Lea. And obviously, I am nowhere near as famous as Lea.
But then, I have interviewed her. I have had drinks with her. I am taller than her. And, I do drink better beer than she does… At any rate, I am a huge fan of Lea’s. She is one of my heroes. Really, only one of a very few Butches that I look up to. So, when I saw the tattoo that Lea has on her arm on my own arm, I of course said, “Grab the camera!”
The following ensued…
And, because I feel ridiculous when I try to “look sexy” or even “look extra Butch” for that matter, so did this…
I may not be as Butch as Lea, but I am Butch enough for me. It’s Butch to proclaim your Butchness in whatever way you see fit. Be Butch.
The votes are in. Recounts have been called for. Unscrupulous polling practices and redistricting have been dealt with. And the voting is final.
Not really, of course, but the votes are final. ButchWonders published the list of the Top 25 Most Powerful Butches as nominated and voted upon by her readers. As she explains in her post, its actually the Top 20. And, guess what?
I am indeed a powerful butch. Number 19, to be exact. Though my wife and kids would probably rank me closer to 3 or 4 (after kd lang and Ellen, natch).
I mean! Come on! I am on a list of women that includes Rachel Maddow, Ellen DeGeneres, kd lang, Lea Delaria, Ivan Coyote, Billie Jean King, and Martina Navratilova (just to name a few). I am delighted. Thank you all who voted. Seriously, no jokes. I am really excited. Thank you.
Be Butch. I certainly will keep doing so.
Hi BOTs! Guess what I did last week? I got to fly to Chicago to cover a big lesbian party called Back Lot Bash. As part of my press access, the organizers Christina Wiesmore and Amie Klujian were able to get me an interview with the one and only Lea DeLaria. I had so much fun talking with Lea that night! The full interview is up now over at Huffington Post Gay Voices. Won’t you go read it? If you like it, will you click that snazzy little “like” button and possibly share it on Twitter, Facebook or via email? HuffPost likes to support bloggers that have good numbers… Thank you!
It’s hard to imagine being any more Butch than Lea DeLaria (but I will try!). Be Butch.
Photos: Comedy Night with Lea DeLaria
I had the pleasure of attending the Back Lot Bash kickoff Comedy Night on Thursday in Chicago. The headliner was none other than the amazing butch mega talent, Lea DeLaria. Christina Wiesmore and Amie Klujian, the organizers of Back Lot Bash were kind enough to work with Lea to get me an interview! I am working on putting that together for you all. In the meantime, here are the photos that I took from the event. Oh, and here is my review.
It was fantastic. The venue had a fantastic selection of craft beer and some tater tots that were kind of ridiculous. Christina and Amie did an amazing job selecting the place, talent, and ran things beautifully. They also made me and my wife feel really special and welcome. Thank you!
Sapna Kumar, the emcee, was very funny. Her jokes about her Indian mother made us laugh out loud. Sapna kept the evening running smoothly. Caitlin Bergh from the series Hashtag was really enjoyable, and as a veteran of Los Angeles, I enjoyed her riffs on life in LA and the horror that is Craig’s List dating.
The set that Lea DeLaria did was outstanding. I do not remember ever laughing that hard. Perhaps it is the sheer joy of listening to someone who has so much in common with me. Perhaps it is just her gift and everyone feels that way when she performs. But, I felt like she had created her set just for me. It didn’t hurt, of course, that she heckled me twice from the stage by name. The first time was when she ordered a Heineken and an anejo tequila from the stage “though Tristan will not approve.” And the second, was when she shouted, “I could kick you in the face, Tristan.”
Obviously, we need more Lea DeLaria. And, more butch comics. Please.
It’s butch to support lesbian comics. Be Butch!