Annual 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.
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!!
We are currently seeking additional Dyke March Team Members as well as Team Leads. Please contact our Volunteer Program Manager, Kiona Sinclair to find out more about these or other volunteer opportunities at the festival: firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the form below.
CRAFT ACTION TO
The PRIDE TORONTO Dyke March Community Banner Making Project
The Craft Action initiative, led by facilitator Adriana Alarcón, offered skill-sharing and social spaces for all dykes, friends and allies of the Pride Toronto Dyke March from April through to 28 June 2014. Sessions have continued on an ad-hoc basis since the 2014 festival).
Inspired by “craftivism,” a movement that uses crafting skills to spark social change, this project created a series of banners for the WorldPride 2014 Toronto Dyke March. Community members were invited to attend the sessions to learn or teach crochet, knitting, embroidery, cross-stitch, etc. Beginning and experienced crafters were welcomed and encouraged to mentor each other to create unique banners and wearable pieces to express their experiences and communities.
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.
This project will continue for the 2015 festival. Please bookmark this page for updates and a schedule of new sessions to be announced soon.
Donations of crafting materials can be delivered to the Pride Toronto office:
Arts & Culture ManagerPride Toronto
14 Dundonald Street
* 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.