Butch Heroes

A terrific project.

“In this series of portraits I am using the format of traditional Catholic holy cards to represent people who were born female bodied, but chose to live outside of the traditional female gender roles of their society.  They were more masculine than feminine in the way they presented their gender, and had documented relationships with women. As a culturally Catholic genderqueer, I research and choose individuals from diverse ethnic, societal, and geographic backgrounds in an effort to bring forth lost history. Many of these individuals have been heterosexualized, criminalized or their stories were intentionally censored in an effort to hide their queer identity. The portraits involve extensive research into aspects of each person’s life, social class, employment, clothing and environment.  I strive to be historically accurate, detailed and culturally sensitive to each individual.”

To read more about Ria Brodell’s terminology, methodology etc, read here.

To see the full series, look here.