Annual Dyke March
WorldPride 2014 Toronto Dyke March
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014 - Sign-making in Allan Gardens 12:30PM - Rally in Allan Gardens 1PM - March at 2PM
12:30pm Sign-Making in Allan Gardens
1:30pm Rally in Allan Gardens
2:00pm Dyke March
Pride Toronto Dyke March Mandate
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.
MARCH WITH US!
Register here (hyperlink: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dyke-march-to-tickets-11482250721)
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.
If you identify anywhere within the dyke spectrum, you can join the Dyke March. Joining the March is free and you just need to show up to march. Registration is only mandatory for vehicles. If you register, we can also help connect you with a certain contingent (dykes with tykes, older lesbians etc.). If you have any accessibility needs, please contact us.
If marching with a non-dyke-identified person improves your experience, we encourage you to invite them to march with you. We know how important having our children, friends, partners, parents, and other allies around us can be, and we want you to have the best March experience possible. Ultimately, we want dykes calling the shots.
If you are an ally who hasn’t been invited to march with a dyke, but still want to participate, don’t worry - we have a role for you! Help us make sure dyke voices and experiences are at the centre of Dyke Day. Ask us about our Ally Project, or come cheer us on from the sidewalks! Having you cheer us on is one of the best parts of the March!
Join us later that night at Cherry Bomb Pride - Out of the World: The Official Dyke Day Afterparty!
We are currently seeking Dyke March Team Members as well as volunteers to help us on Dyke Day. Volunteer here (hyperlink: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1N_EtNAMAiW2Nblu7LypHi1WAuLLzkQOmIuK9ud7gEMA/viewform)
The 2014 Toronto Dyke March works to created dyke-centred spaces because we need and demand more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival.
Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes 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 the Pride Movement 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 Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
The Toronto Dyke March is unequivocally 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 the Toronto Dyke March – and all Dyke Marches around the world – must welcome people from across the trans spectrum, including trans women and men and genderqueer folks, 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 the March.
CRAFT ACTION TO
The Dyke March Toronto Community Banner Making Project
Join us to create the banners of the World Pride 2014 Dyke March! Learn or teach crochet, knitting, embroidery, cross-stitch, etc. Beginners and Experienced crafters welcome. Mentor each other and help create unique banners and wearable pieces to express the awesomeness of ourselves and our communities.
Hang out with a group of crafty dykes!
Wednesdays 6-8PM, April 16 - June 11, 2014
TPL is wheelchair accessible. ASL is available if requested by email in advance.
Light snacks will be provided. Tokens available as needed.
Submissions of crafted materials, such as granny squares, garlands, scarves, embroidered images, can be sent for inclusion. Mail to:Craft Action TO
℅ Pride Toronto
14 Dundonald Street