Q. Is “Last Butch Standing” going to be different than when you performed it in Boston before?
A. Boston was one of the first places I tried it out [in 2011], and it’s utterly different now. It’s still morphing, but we’re hoping to film it by this time next year. This is very specifically talking about what it’s like to be the kind of butch I am, old-school butch, in the postmodern, “Ellen” queer world that I’m in now, where not only is there a difference between me and the world as a gay person, but there’s also a difference between me and other gay people. As our community morphs and changes, and sometimes I think not for the better, those of us who’ve been around for a while start to feel like leftover garbage. And as a butch that’s a big deal, because we’re becoming almost extinct.
Interview has been condensed and edited. Joel Brown can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.