Butch Lesbians of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s Coloring Book Sneak Peek!


Here is a sneak peek of a page from the upcoming book, Butch Lesbians of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s Coloring Book!

Lotte Hahm, 1890 – 1967, Germany. Drawn by Avery Cassell
Lotte Hahm was queer before queer existed. She owned and ran the Damenclub Violetta, a women’s only club in Berlin, Germany with over 400 members, that was hugely popular in the 1930s. She hosted such shindigs as “Calling-Card Ladies’ Ball” (Damenball mit Saalpost), “Dance Roulette” (Roulette-Tanz), steamboat trips, and fashion shows for butches and transvestites. Damenclub Violetta had regular butch nights, “A special feature of this club is the group of transvestites, the women who prefer to dress in men’s clothes. We organize so-called ‘transvestite evenings’ here programmatically.” The demarcation between butch and transvestite identities in Berlin in the 1930s is unclear by today’s definitions. Marti Lybeck in Desiring Emancipation: New Women and Homosexuality in Germany, 1890–1933 identifies Lotte’s playful, erotic female masculinity as a forbearer of today’s gender fluid queer identity, and details the rivalry and backstabbing between the more conventional, hegemonic lesbian movement in Germany and Lotte’s sexy, rambunctious, gender diverse activism. Lotte identified as a butch and as a transvestite, and in 1929 founded a mixed gender transvestite social group called d’Eon. Lotte was not only Damenclub Violetta’s flamboyant, accordion playing, tuxedo-clad butch owner, but she was also a prominent gay rights activist. In 1933, she was imprisoned and tortured by the Nazis after being charged for being in possession of communist propaganda material and seduction of a minor by her friend’s grandfather. The material that was forbidden by the Nazis was the lesbian magazine “Die Freundin” (The female-friend.) She was released from Moringen Concentration Camp in 1938, opened another nightclub in 1945, and continued in her efforts to promote gay rights and human rights until her death at age 81 in 1967.
Desiring Emancipation: New Women and Homosexuality in Germany, 1890–1933, Marti M. Lybeck
Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880 1945, Clayton J. Whisnant, and Virile (2016)
Vamps and Wild Violets. Sexuality, Desire and Eroticism in the Magazines of Homosexual Women in 1920s Berlin, Heike Schader (2004)

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The LGBT Resistance Fighters of WWI and II Coloring Book – Coming Soon!

Resistance Cover v1.2

The LGBT Resistance Fighters of WWI and II Coloring Book is my newest project. Once the printer has the Butch Lesbians of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s Coloring Book, I’ll start in on this one. From Stacked Deck Press and the creators of Butch Lesbians of the 20s 30s and 40s Coloring Book, comes LGBT Resistance Fighters of WWI and II Coloring Book (edited by Avery Cassell, Diane Kanzler, and Jon Macy) Publication date will be before the midterm elections.

It was a world of dictatorial power, and the forcible suppression of opposition. Underground resistance and anti-fascist struggles drew unsung heroes from ordinary bisexuals, transsexuals*, gays, and lesbians in the rise of a powerful state. They were our queer anti-fascists bravely fighting to end authoritarian regimes.

The cover resistor is musician, Wilhelm Heckmann. With illustrations by the talented Tara Madison Avery, Avery Cassell, Tyler Cohen, Swaz Jaffre, Diane Kanzler, Dorian Katz, Jon Macy, and Ajuan Mance. Biographies by Avery Garland Cassell.

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Baby Butch, Margo Rivera-Weiss


I’ve been crazy busy writing butch biographies and drawing for the second coloring book in our series,  Butch Lesbians of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s Coloring Book. I finally started inking one of the seven drawings I’ll be contributing to the book; here is Margo Rivera-Weiss as a young butch. We’re fortunate, Margo is a skilled artist, and she’ll be both contributing and drawn in this edition! Book one, Butch Lesbians of the 20s, 30s, and 40s Coloring Book is available from Stacked Deck Press! (Sigh…wouldn’t a book of just baby butches be fun?)

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Persian Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is so rich and comforting; the cream, cardamon, and saffron lifts it far beyond its nursery food associations into sophisticated, culinary debauchery.

2 cups cream
2 cups half and half
1/2 cup Jasmine rice
2 teaspoons rosewater (we recommend Sadaf brand)
8 cardamom pods with seeds removed (use the seeds)
1/4 cup sugar
Handful of almonds and pistachios
Several strands of saffron, soaked in a teaspoon of boiling hot water

Blend the rice and some almonds in the food processor so it’s very fine.
Combine all the ingredients in the pot, then put on “Porridge” mode for 25 minutes. Decorate the pudding with crushed pistachios.
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A Food Break: Alice B. Toklas’ Tricolour Omelette


This fascinating recipe is from Alice B. Toklas’ cookbook. She had written it in an informal paragraph format, so I modernized the format to make it easier to follow and easier to imagine. When I saw the title, I imagined it as looking like a tricolored flag, in stripes. It doesn’t have stripes, but is layered. The saffron-infused yellow layer and the spionach-infused green layer are rolled together, and then are surrounded by a tomato-infused red sauce.  It makes a gigantic omelette! I have not cooked this yet, but long to prepare it for my friends.

Alice B. Toklas’ Tricolour Omelette

1 lb. fresh spinach
4 whole eggs
½ teaspoon salt

3 egg yolks
4 whole eggs
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon powdered saffron

4 tablespoons tomato puree
2 cups dry white wine
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
pinch of cayenne
pinch of cloves
pinch of nutmeg
1 tablespoon onion juice

Tomato sauce:
Melt 4 tb butter, then mix melted butter with 1 tb flour until a smooth roux
Heat 4 tb tomato puree with 2 cups of dry shite wine. Once hot, pour roux into the tomato sauce. Stir.
Once it is nearly boiling, add ½ tea salt, a pinch cayenne, cloves, and nutmeg, and 1 tb onion juice.
Simmer for 15 minutes, then add 4 tb butter. Do NOT boil! Continue reading

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