About Femmelicious Productions
The butch-identified lesbian has historically experienced significant, persistent discrimination. By providing a forum for exploration of “butch” perceptions, we are working to not only dispel old stereotypes of lesbians — and butches in particular — but to also allow butch-identified individuals an evening to feel the community’s appreciation for their roles in the LGBT community.
“Butchlesque” started in June 2011 when the producer pitched the idea of a runway show featuring “butch” lesbians showcasing their style on a catwalk as a fall fundraiser for an LGBT non-profit organization. Through aggressive / enthusiastic use of social media marketing, 15 participants showcased their perceptions of the “butch” identity to a sold-out crowd of 230. “Butchlesque” was so eagerly received that, right up to the curtain rising, people were trying to acquire tickets to this sold-out event.
About Producer - Kim Herbel
Kim Herbel first discovered her love for the theater at the historic landmark Chodl Auditorium in Cicero, Illinois, where she appeared in the musical, “The Truth About Cinderella”.
Born into a military family, she believes that the need to adapt to many different situations & cultures led her to appreciate different points of views & the inherent value of diversity. After observing that the masculine-of-center female continued to be a maligned & under-appreciated segment of the lesbian community, Kim developed “Butchlesque”.
Kim has been a passionate advocate for abused & neglected children through her work as a Guardian Ad Litem in the 12th Circuit; she has also contributed countless hours to other significant organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the National Psoriasis Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America, the Morton College Literacy Program, and Trans*Action Florida (f/k/a the Florida Organization Regarding Gender Equality).