In the Summer of 2009, butch writer and storyteller Ivan E. Coyote and gender researcher and femme dynamo Zena Sharman wrote down a wish-list of their favourite queer authors; they wanted to continue and expand the ongoing butch-femme conversation. The result is Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. The stories in these pages resist simple definitions. The people in these stories defy reductive stereotypes and inflexible categories. The pages in this book describe the lives of an incredible diversity of people whose hearts also pounded for some reason the first time they read or heard the words butch or femme. Persistence is a raucous, insightful, sexy, and sometimes dangeous look at what the words butch and femme can mean in today´s ever-shifting gender landscape, with one eye on the past and the other on what is to come.