Book Launch | Butch Lesbians of the 20s, 30s and 40s Coloring Book

Thursday, October 19 
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00 | Free for members

Front Cover of Butch Lesbians of the 20s, 30s and 40s Coloring Book (Stacked Deck Press, 2017). Edited by Jon Macy and Avery Cassell.
Bringing together amazing queer history and forceful contemporary graphics, Butch Lesbians of the 20s, 30s and 40s Coloring Book is a new release from Stacked Deck Press. Pathologized as inverts, criminalized as cross dressers and denigrated as perverts, these handsome butches insistently blazed their own paths as poets, pilots, speed boat racers, and resistance heroes.


They were proudly butch as women, sometimes passed as men, and all the while endured the wariness or outright scorn of society. Brought back to public memory by a group of talented artists, the butches portrayed in this collection are now ready for celebration-and custom coloring schemes. At the museum event, contributors will discuss the book and the heroes it portrays.



The following contributors to the Butch Lesbians coloring book will take part in the museum event:

Avery Cassell is a San Francisco writer, poet, cartoonist and artist. Their recent work includes editing, drawing and writing for the Butch Lesbians of the 20s, 30s, and 40s Coloring Book and writing Behrouz Gets Lucky, a kinky erotic romance novel about an older genderqueer-butch couple. For the coloring book, Cassell drew Frieda Belinfante, Jackie Bross, anonymous butches in top hats, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Janet Flanner, Olga Tsuberiller, and Lulu at Le Monocle.

Dorian Katz draws no line between the innocent and truly perverse in her work. Active in communities that inform and encourage her creative pursuits, Katz cofounded the dyke erotica collective Dirty Ink. She curates and shows work at the National Queer Arts Festival; the Center for Sex and Culture; the Exiles (a women’s SM organization); and SFinX. She has had solo exhibitions at Climate Project Space, Glama-Rama and the Jon Sims Center. Katz drew Gluck for the coloring book.

Maia Kobabe is the author and illustrator of The Thief’s Tale, a medieval fantasy webcomic, and Tom O’Bedlam, an Ignatz-nominated short comic that was accepted into the Society of Illustrator’s Comic and Cartoon Art annual. Kobabe’s other comics including the Genderqueer series can be found on Tumblr and Instagram. Kobabe drew Louise and Gladys Bentley for the coloring book.

Ajuan Mance creates comics, drawings, and zines about black life in America. A professor of African American literature at Mills College, Mance draws inspiration from the writers she encounters in her teaching and research. Her most recent work is 1001 Black Men, a series of drawing inspired by Oakland and memories of her family. Ajuan drew Ruth Ellis and Gertrude Stein for the coloring book.