Dyke March Trans* Town Hall

Sunday April 19, 6-9 pm

Toronto Public Library, Parliament Branch

The Dyke March trans* town hall will be an opportunity for community members to share what they’d like to see for the Dyke March. While our other Dyke March town halls are open to all members of the dyke community, we are hosting this trans*-specific event in response to the need for specific attention to the ideas and concerns of trans* people.
There will be an introduction of Dyke March team members, an overview of our plans for this year’s march, and we will then open the floor to feedback and questions.

All trans* dykes are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Trans* dyke” refers to any person on the spectrum of gender identity who identifies with the label. We welcome dykes who identify as trans women, trans men, two spirit, third gender, intersex, genderqueer, genderfluid, non-binary, bigender, agender, and gender independent.

ASL will be available, the building is wheelchair accessible.

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Dyke March Cisgender Men Survey

The Dyke March is an event that exists to celebrate, affirm, and empower dykes. As such, our policy since the March began in 1996 has been that all self-identified dykes are welcome to march, and that non-dyke allies are encouraged to support us from the sidelines.

At the same time, cisgender men*, many of whom are our friends, allies, family members and partners, have sometimes also joined the Dyke March in support. However, we know from post-March surveys from the past several years that many dykes in our communities have been unhappy about the presence of cisgender men within the Dyke March.

We are circulating this survey to learn about how our fellow dykes feel about this issue so that we can work towards a solution that will make everyone feel comfortable, safer, and supported on dyke day.

PLEASE NOTE: This survey is not definitive.  We encourage further discussion of this topic.  We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey, and any questions, comments and/or concerns are welcome.

http://pridetoronto.com/pages/dyke-march-cis-men-survey

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Dyke March Town Hall Meeting Minutes March 22, 2015

In case you missed the March 22, 2015 Dyke March Town Hall meeting minutes can be found here:

http://pridetoronto.com/festival/parade–marches/annual-dyke-march

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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.

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Dyke March 2014 Accessibility Information

ABOUT ALLAN GARDENS

Dyke Day starts off with yoga, sign making, and a rally in Allan Gardens. Allan Gardens is a large park that takes up the block between Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets and Carlton and Gerrard Streets. There is a fenced off-leash dog park, a conservatory, flower gardens, a children’s play area, paved pathways and lots of shade. Allan Gardens is also home to some amazing murals. Click here for a sneak peak and more information!

The nearest accessible subway stations are Dundas and Bloor-Yonge. The closest transit line is the 75 Sherbourne bus that runs south on Sherbourne Street from Sherbourne station (Sherbourne station is not accessible).

PRIDE TORONTO’S ACCESSIBILITY HUB

The Accessibility Services Hub will be located at the northeast corner of Maitland and Church, Friday, June 27 (open 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.), Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 (open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.). Our hub is a social and information centre equipped with water, a shaded seating area and an accessible washroom. Visit our hub to access our: wheelchair and walker lending service; American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting service; festival information in alternative formats for those who are blind, partially sighted or print restricted and mobility assistants and/or shade & water for service animals.

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETING SERVICES — ENGLISH

ASL is confirmed for the Dyke Day Rally in Allan Gardens. Due to the unique nature of our performers, ASL may not be provided for all performers. There will be an “Accessibility Zone” marked off in front of the stage for folks who need to see the interpreters and for those who are using mobility devices. This will be marked with pylons and/or chalk.

ASL interpretation will be available at the Accessibility Services Hub during regular hours of operation, roaming throughout the festival site, and during certain events. Please visit the Accessibility Services Hub for a complete list of ASL-English interpreted events.

MOBILITY DEVICES FOR LOAN

There will be an “Accessibility Tent” in Allan Gardens on Dyke Day hosted by Pride Toronto’s Accessibility Team volunteers. These volunteers will assist or accompany folks who wish to use a wheelchair provided by Pride for the March.

Wheelchairs and walkers will be available for loan on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM – 10PM. To sign out a wheelchair or walker, please bring a piece of photo I.D. such as an LCBO card, Driver’s License or Passport. During peak hours, wheelchair and walker loans will be limited to 2 hours at a time. Please visit the Accessibility Services Hub for more information.

RIDE AN ACCESSIBLE TTC BUS IN THE DYKE MARCH!

The TTC bus will be at Allan Gardens at 1:30 p.m. and will drive folks along the Dyke March route. No registration required! Please feel free to board as needed.

ACTIVE LISTENERS

There will be trained active listeners after the Dyke March in George Hislop Parkette for folks who need support or want to debrief about their March experience.

ACCESSIBLE VIEWING AREAS AND ENTERTAINMENT STANDS

During the Trans and Dyke Marches as well as the WorldPride Parade, raised wheelchair and scooter-accessible viewing stands will be available along the parade route. A street level seating area will also be available for those who are blind or partially sighted at Wood St.

Viewing stands are offered during the marches and parade at the following locations:

TRANS MARCH – Friday, June 27

  • Isabella St., east side of Yonge St.
  • Wood St. (street level seating), east side of Yonge St.

DYKE MARCH – Saturday, June 28

  • St. Mary St., west side of Yonge St.
  • Isabella St., east side of Yonge St.
  • Maitland St., east side of Yonge St.
  • Wood St. (street level seating), east side of Yonge St.

WORLDPRIDE PARADE – Sunday, June 29

  • St. Mary St., west side of Yonge St.
  • Isabella St., east side of Yonge St.
  • Gloucester St., east side of Yonge St.
  • St. Joseph St., west side of Yonge St.
  • Maitland St., east side of Yonge St.
  • Wood St. (street level seating), east side of Yonge St.
  • Elm St., west side of Yonge St.
  • Edward St., west side of Yonge St.

At our largest entertainment stages, wheelchair and scooter-accessible viewing stands and areas will be available.

Each of these areas will be shaded from the sun, will have chairs, viewing area/stand hosts as well as water and an accessible washroom. They will be available for those who cannot stand for the duration and a partner or companion. The stands and viewing areas will be non-smoking and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

It is recommended that people arrive early for performances and/or to watch the Trans March, Dyke March and/or Parade, as seating and access is limited. Additionally, our seating area located on Wood St. will offer live audio description during the Pride Parade for those who are blind or partially sighted.

SERVICES FOR BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED VISITORS

An audio version of the 2014 Pride Guide will be available online and on CD leading up to the festival in June 2014. The Audio Pride Guide will also be available at the Accessibility Services Hub during the festival weekend. Here, you’ll also find:

  • Braille companion to the Pride Guide available at the Accessibility Services Hub and every Welcome Centre
  • Tactile maps available at the Accessibility Services Hub and every Welcome Centre
  • Shade and water for working animals

For more information, please contact the Accessibility Team at accessibility@pridetoronto.com.

LIVE AUDIO DESCRIPTION

Live Audio Description of the WorldPride Parade will be available at the viewing area located on Wood St. during the parade.

TTC WHEELTRANS

Pride Toronto has worked with WheelTrans to designate specific drop off locations for WorldPride 2014 Toronto. You can book WheelTrans to drop you off at the festival site at the following locations:

  • Charles West (30 CHARLES ST WEST)
  • Charles East (90 CHARLES ST EAST)
  • Breadalbane (7 BREADALBANE ST)
  • Maitland (near the Accessibility Services Hub at 100 MAITLAND ST)
  • Allan Garden (CARLTON WEST OF SHERBOURNE)

Please Call WheelTrans (416) 393-4111 for more information.

COMING FROM OUT OF TOWN? 

Tourists with disabilities who visit Toronto may use WheelTrans service for a two-week period per year. Tourists registered with the specialized transit where they live (ie. wheelchair and scooter users) may access WheelTrans services through their existing registration. However, tourists who are not registered with the specialized transit where they live must register in advance with WheelTrans.

Tourists attending WorldPride should confirm with WheelTrans their eligibility for the service in advance. Please call WheelTrans after 12:00PM at (416) 393-4111 with any questions.

You can find more information and post questions through our Facebook Page, Emailing and calling. All links are embedded below. You can also call Pride Toronto at(416) 927-7433. For TTY users, please use Bell Relay Service (BRS). accessibility@pridetoronto.com

Contact Us:

Email: dykemarchto@gmail.com
Facebook: DykeMarch Toronto
Twitter: @dykemarchTO
Instagram: @dykemarchto

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