Meet the Team! Ellemnop and Firoz

We’ve got a pretty rad committee and here’s your chance to meet a few more members! This week we’ve got some artistic folk answering some questions about themselves and all things dykey!


What are you most looking forward to in the Dyke March?
I am most looking forward to marching as a member of the Dyke March Team for the first time.

Why do you think the Dyke March is important?
The Dyke March is important as a womyn-centred (womyn-born-womyn or otherwise) portion of what feels like a mostly male-visible Pride milieu. The L in the acronym comes first for a reason ; )

What type of dyke are you?
Tomboy/femme (expressed as a matter of mood, attitude, and wardrobe whim of the day).

What’s your favourite/current dyketastic soundtrack?
It’s rare to find me listening to anything current; the only thing I ever have in heavy rotation is 70s rock (best enjoyed on crackly vinyl under the influence of a toasty buzz)–JOAN JETT!

Who is your hero?
I reify no one.

Anything else to add?
My hair is a declarative statement.


What are you most looking forward to in the Dyke March?
Just the sheer physical presence of a large number of diverse dykes together taking up public space. Something about that is really self-affirming and powerful, and super fun.

Why do you think the Dyke March is important?
The Dyke March is important to me because at its core it is a political demonstration. Given the context that we live in and the realities of our lives, having a space for queer women and dyke-identified people to speak out and express ourselves is very much required, and it is required in every context, including Pride.

What type of dyke are you?
I like to think that my identity is at least somewhat fluid, but generally I’m a soft butch dyke.

What’s your favourite/current dyketastic soundtrack?
Hate On Me by Jill Scott is what I’ve been listening to lately when I just want to yell “fuck you” at the universe. So basically that is the only song I listen to. I’m kidding. I also love Shake It Out by Florence + the Machine and have a long standing crush on Beyonce so anything by her puts me in a good mood.

Who is your hero?
Medha Patkar. Aside from being an incredible social justice activist she was one of the few women who, from my memory of growing up in India in the 90s, was not talked about solely in the hetero-patriarchal terms of mother, wife and/or sex object and so was someone I understand and look up to. Her willingness to take on the system in the way that she did with the Narmada Bachao Andolan and her sheer tenacity are things that I greatly admire.


About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need β€” and demand β€” more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: 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 the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: 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.
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