Photo by Georgia Smedley. Gender diversity and fluidity are more accepted than ever, but for many people who identify as butch, their masculinity can still feel taboo. There are lingering assumptions that butch-ness is synonymous with aggression, ugliness, and loneliness; the "old butch dyke" trope writ large. One person seeking to smash these stereotypes is Australian photography curator Esther Godoy, who leads an ongoing project titled Butch is Not a Dirty Word. Comprised of candid images by a range of photographers, the latest instalment explores what it means to be butch within a "family"—in every sense of the word. Broadly caught up with Godoy ahead of its launch, to talk identity, childhood, and finding acceptance through community.