The Disappearing Butch

The Disappearing Butch was born out of necessity, the necessity to expose society to an in-between world in which women shatter the rules that have been placed on them. Society has deemed that women who do not conform to feminine standards are other. But also the need to have these individuals’ stories told. Combining historical images, present-day photography, and audio recordings, Theresa Scott’s The Disappearing Butch, places female masculinity front and center.

As a person who identifies as a butch lesbian, Theresa Scott set off to discover others like herself, questioning if these individuals had similar experiences in navigating the world, developing into the person present today and the opinion of the butch disappearing from the LGBTQ+ community. While the stories give the audience a view into the history and struggle one may face, the images presented allow one to see who these magnificent individuals are—combining traditional portraits that examine each person’s dapper side. In contrast, lifestyle photographs allow a glimpse into the subject’s world and passions.


This project is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Exhibition to open at the Eyes on Main Street Gallery located at 128 Goldsboro St. Wilson, NC. from March 2, 2022 - 27, 2022

Opening reception on March 5, 2022 at 3:00 - 5:00

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