About the Author

I am a recent college graduate, who now resides in Chicago.  I began exploring my gender identity right before graduating college, or while in my senior year of high school learning about gender theory for the first time, or when dating a butch right after coming out, or when I demanded to have my hair cut short when I was 6.  You can reach me at htbbutch@gmail.com, which simultaneously stands for Harrison T.B., and How to Be Butch.  Get it? I am clever.

About this Blog

I’ve changed the description of this blog now since I first started writing. When I started the blog, I felt very strongly that I was a butch – now I’m less concerned with being a butch, and care more about seeing what words come to fit me as I develop as an individual, and as my gender develops.

This is definitely meant to be a personal blog, so I expect that a lot of my experiences are not necessarily your experiences.  I try to be inclusive of everyone. The way I have learned the most in life is by talking to other people, and I would welcome that kind of discussion here and outside this blog.  That being said, don’t be a jerk.  If you don’t like it, don’t read it. 

About the Name

You might notice that very little in here actually resembles a how-to manual.  Instead, the name is meant to reflect the biggest struggle I had to overcome before I could actually begin walking this path.  I constantly asked myself (and Google, which had no answers at the time) how to be butch.  I didn’t realize until later that there are a million different ways to be butch.

  1. January 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Hi! I just had to comment b/c I demanded to have all my hair cut off at age 3.5/4! It was like an obsession. But these days I’m a feminine lesbian– with short hair no less! It’s funny how gender manifests in the child, isn’t it? And then evolves throughout your life. Fascinating stuff! Nice to meet you.

  2. January 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    from reading your about page, I feel like you’re my alter-butch-ego (to my femme, of course)! I love gender identity processing, life experiences processing, relationship processing, post-college cubicle processing… sex… ::cough::

    don’t know where you went to college, but when you mentioned your rugby team in one of your posts I was like OMG DID SHE GO TO THE SAME SCHOOL I DID?? because rugby was huge at my east coast women’s college. MEGAgay.

    ok, rambling. anyway, hi!

  3. January 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Hi there, I actually meant to notify you of this yesterday. I wrote an entry about your blog and I’m curious as to your thoughts.
    My best regards,

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