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Annual Dyke March

Annual Dyke March

COMING UP!

Dyke March Town Hall

Sunday March 22, 2015  2 - 4 pm 

Parliament Street Library, 269 Gerrard Street Toronto M5A 2G3

The Town Hall will be an informal meeting of members of the Toronto Dyke Community. There will be an introduction of the 2015 Dyke March Team and a description of plans for this years march. Attendees will be given the opportunity to give feedback and ask questions. All members of the Dyke Community are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
ASL interpreters will be available, and the building is wheelchair accessible. 
Light refreshments will be provided.

 

ABOUT THE DYKE MARCH

The Dyke March is a grassroots event where women and trans people in LGBTTIQQ2SA communities take over the streets of Toronto. The Dyke March is not a parade - it is a political demonstration of critical mass; a moment seized to revel in the strength, diversity and passion of LGBTTIQQ2SA women and trans folk.

Our goal is a Dyke March that welcomes all self-identified dykes and keeps the focus on dyke experiences - this includes the experiences of all lesbian, bi, and queer women, as well as Two Spirit, trans*, and gender-variant dykes from across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in queer movements or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with energy to take action, a sense of community, and appreciation for your own unique dyke glory.

TRANS* INCLUSION

The Toronto Dyke March is trans* inclusive. Our feminism values trans women as women who are incredibly dynamic and important members of our community, and we are disheartened that we still have to say this. We feel very strongly that this March – and all Dyke Marches around the world – must welcome people from across the trans* spectrum who feel it is important for them to march. We do this to empower self-determination, to acknowledge complexity of dyke experiences, and to continue fostering communities of diversity and respect.  Point blank: Anti-trans* sentiments are not welcome at Pride Toronto.

The 2014 Dyke March Team ready for Dyke Day!! 

A photo posted by Dyke March TO (@dykemarchto) on Jun 6, 2014 at 8:04am PDT

VOLUNTEER and make the dyke march happen!

The countdown for Pride 2015 has begun and we are seeking volunteers to join our Dyke March Team!!

 The Dyke March is a grassroots event where women and trans people in LGBTTIQQ2SA communities take over the streets in Toronto to revel in our collective strength, passion and dykeversity. 

In order to make this amazing day happen, we need your help! We are seeking female identified members of the LGBTTIQQ2SA community with a strong passion for community building and engagement interested in helping us celebrate Toronto's dykeversity by becoming team members or weekend volunteers.

Previous experience working with Dyke March is not necessary. All you need is a willingness to learn, engage, educate and reach out. We provide a safe respectful space for all to collaborate and work towards creating a Dyke Day reflective of our community as a whole and a space where all are welcome.

Team member positions require a commitment of approximately 4-7 hours per week from mid-February to April, from March to May it will increase from about 8 – 15 hours per week. Throughout the month of June the hours will increase as needed. Each team member must be available prior to and for the duration of the Dyke March. Supporting the Trans March and participation in the Pride Parade as also recommended but not mandatory.

Weekend volunteers are also needed the day of the march. We are looking for volunteers to be chant leaders, marshals, active listeners and sign makers.

We are grateful for the time and dedication of our volunteers and we hold our volunteers in the highest regard. Your energy and‎ efforts put forth to celebrate our beautifully dykeverse community are something to celebrate and appreciate.  If you are interested, please forward your resume to dykemarch@pridetoronto.com.

Back in CRAFT ACTION 

The PRIDE TORONTO Dyke March Community Banner Making Project

The Craft Action project is back for 2015! Join in on the fun of creating the banners that will lead the Dyke March in 2015 in our ongoing series of craft circles from now through June.

Learn or  teach:  crochet, knitting, embroidery, crosstitch, etc. 

Beginners and Experienced crafters welcome. Mentor each other and help create unique pieces to wear and express yourself.
Light snacks will be provided. Tokens available as needed. 

LGBTTIQQ2SA Space, Allies welcome.
ASL is available if requested by email in advance.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Craft Action Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/416241421877496/

Craft Action Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CraftActionTO/

 

#WorldPride #DykeMarch

A photo posted by @lissamarie612 on Jun 6, 2014 at 1:08pm PDT

The unique and powerful banners created during the project and displayed for the Dyke March were key to developing a distinctive, Toronto-focused aesthetic for the event. Project facilitator Adriana Alarcón has also documented the project: www.craftactionto.tumblr.com

Pride Toronto partnered with Toronto Public Library for space for the Craft Action group to meet, as well as with Sherbourne Health Centre and The Gladstone Hotel.

Donations of crafting materials can be delivered to the Pride Toronto office:

Arts & Culture Manager
Pride Toronto
55 Berkeley St Toronto, ON M5A 2W5
 

Trans* is an umbrella term that refers to all of the identities within the gender identity spectrum. It includes, but is not limited to, those community members who identify as transgender, transsexual, intersex,  third gender, two-spirit, genderqueer, genderfluid, gender independent, transvestite, non-binary,and bigender.

 
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