90s Butch, Please! 👔👖
Double denim and bulldagger swagger for butch muthers and baby dykes alike
All images: Holly Falconer
Look around you. Go on. Everyone’s in puffa jackets, kitsch sportswear and there's even a Spice Girls comeback on the horizon. Do you ever find yourself thinking: “Sigh. If only we'd known at the time how great the 90s really were..?” Well, thanks to the latest Butch, Please! - we got to re-live ‘em.
Walking into the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, I’ve never seen a room so jam-packed full of women, while tune-spinning Hug The DJ and London-based Latino DJ, organiser and community activist DJ El Tuma threw out all of the best 90s hits - everything from the event's poster Butch, KD Lang to Rhythm is a Dancer - women of all shapes, sizes, ages and colours gathered on the dance floor in praise of, BUTCH
Promoter and singer-songwriter Tabitha Benjamin runs the night: “I started Butch, Please! because I felt that there weren’t any nights in London anymore where I felt at home, and I love that other lesbians of all ages have also found a home at Butch, Please!”
As well as the most fabulous DJs, the night included live performances from punk pop witches Dream Nails and a patriarchy-smashing performance by drag king royalty Manly Stanley - otherwise known as performance artist Edythe “sassy as fuck” Woolley.
“More nights like this please!" said DIVA Magazine editor Carrie Lyell, "It felt amazing and really empowering to be surrounded by so many beautiful butches.”
The Dream Nails
Though London's beautiful butches were the stars of the evening, BP is very a much a night for all degrees of butch, femme and LGBTQI lovelies as well as their friends (of all genders and sexualities). Their tag line says it all: “Wear what you like. Be nice. Have a good time.” And that we did.
Looking around the room, it seemed that many a butch found their Miss Chatelaine that night - and we can’t wait to see what Butch, Please! have lined up for us next...
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