My name is Shaley and I’ve identified as a butch lesbian for over 20 years. Masculinity in the queer community is more than a socially constructed identity. It’s queer women who feel more comfortable in mens clothing and embrace them naturally. I’m a 6’ tall, broad shouldered butch woman who loves wearing and feels right at home in ties, suits, jeans, t-shirts and big boots. But masculinity is more than personal attire. It’s a way of walking through the world. It’s swagger. It’s inherent confidence; knowing your personal power, internal and external strength yet at the same time possessing the ability to be vulnerable and articulate and express emotions. That’s mature masculinity.