I “officially” joined the BBP fam in August 2010, when I came on as a volunteer inspired by the transformative vision of building a world where masculinity can not only be beautiful but liberatory. It was inspiring to engage in critical dialogue and practice around the intersections of my masculinity, feminism, blackness, and queerness with others, instead of alone in my head. Before BBP, I often felt there was no place for me – my complexity, my desire to no longer be complicit in patriarchy while at the same time embracing my masculinity.Continue reading...
Language is the space in which we carve a place for ourselves, where we demand to be seen. A reflection point for culture, community, and family to acknowledge our existence on our terms. For decades, “butch” was the only identity and term available to those of us who identified as “masculine of center.” Like many others, I lived in that space. There was much about it that I loved: the community of brotherhood, the worship of femininity, the gentility of the old-school butches. Yet, like so many other words, butch failed to capture the full depth of my soul. Its White cultural origins and resulting denial of my Black body took its toll.Continue reading...
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The Brown Boi Project holds our leadership retreats twice a year (in March and October). Each year, we open the application for these retreats in January. We are looking for leaders that come from all walks of life. Some are clothing designers, in the military, social justice leaders, culinary wizards, or social entrepreneurs. They each demonstrate leadership potential and have a strong commitment to becoming their best selves.
Launched in 2010, the Brown Boi Project (BBP) leadership retreats offer a space to rising leaders of color (35 and under) to build their skills in leadership, economic self-sufficiency, and health. We work across race and gender with young masculine-of-center* womyn and trans, queer, and straight men—pipelining them into the social justice movement and field of social enterprise.
*Masculine of center (MoC) is a term coined by Cole that recognizes the breadth and depth of identity for lesbian/queer womyn who tilt toward the masculine side of the gender scale. It includes a wide range of identities such as butch, stud, trans, aggressive/AG, dom, etc.
During the 5-day cohort, you will have the opportunity to work across issues and communities; talk about race, class, culture, gender and sexuality; and explore what a commitment to social justice looks like for you and how you want to help your community. These retreats bring participants from across the country to experience an intensive introduction to community organizing while doing important personal leadership development.
We are looking for people who are interested in a life path or career that builds power for communities of color. You will receive training in understanding power, communications, cross-culture coalition building, personal finance, community organizing, self-care, fundraising, relationship building, gender justice, and personal life planning.
If you are accepted into the program, the BBP will cover your travel, food, and lodging expenses so that you can join us. We look forward to hearing from you! - The Brown Boi Project Team The application opens up each year in January.
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