Johnny Butler Memorial Fund


The Johnny Butler Memorial Scholarship and the Gemini Aviance Fund is established in honor and respect of our dear friend. Charismatic, sensational, fabulous, passionate are a few words to describe Johnny. Glinting, gleaming, smiling, laughter and FIERCENESS are words to describe Gemini Aviance.


From the moment he entered a room and shared his smile you were taken in by him. Johnny was a performer, an actor, a drag queen. And Johnny was a son, a brother, an uncle, cousin and friend. A lover of life he was always searching for the rainbow. Whether he was sitting on a rooftop dressing room in NYC with his sisters or singing a song at Galano for a holiday show he gave his best.


In his honor the scholarship and fund will recognize two (2) LGBTQ individuals annually on June 2nd, Johnny’s birthday and provide funding to help pursue that person’s dreams. Whether it be someone studying LGBTQ issues in college, a writer weaving a story of gay life, an actor trying to get a foot in the door or a drag queen working to claim his place in the rich life of performing individuals will represent the spirit and genuine heart of Johnny ‘Gemini Aviance’ Butler.


butchOUT, a non-profit organization, will administer the fund and scholarship keeping in mind his strong roots in the Atlanta community. A small group of friends and family will select the recipients. Individuals will be selected based upon need, character, fierceness and goals. All donations are tax deductible.


Please join us in honoring your and our friend and keep his FABULOUSNESS a part of future generations.


To make a donation please go to


Or you can mail a check made payable to butchOUT (note in memo line Johnny Butler) and send to Butch Thompson, 182 School Road, Asheville, NC 28806


In gratitude, honor and respect,

Butch, Mark, Marc and Charles