This year, the Toronto Dyke March is going to be huge. WorldPride is taking place in Toronto this year, which means we will be participating in Toronto’s biggest festival yet, welcoming dykes from all around the world, and trying to make our transnational dyke communities proud.
If that sounds like a lot – it is. How are we going to do it? We have some ideas…
We asked each other: what are your goals for World Pride?
“Aside from making this year’s Dyke March one of the biggest, my main goal for World Pride this year is to ensure that people remember the origins of pride and that not everyone in the world is able to have a pride parade like we can here. While it’s important to celebrate, I think it’s also important to recognize the struggles that members of our queer family face in other parts of the world and I think it would be nice if the Dyke March could make a point of that.” — Kaddy
“World Pride; the name says it all; welcoming the world to our ‘home’. Ideally after the floats have been dismantled, the streets have been cleaned, the pavilions cleared away, after it’s all quiet, I want every image, every sound, every last aspect of world pride to live within every visitor to our city. May our actions as a community stay in the memories of all participating local and abroad delivering the message of acceptance, tolerance and welcoming diversity as a tool for education and not alienation. Canadians are generally referred to as a Mosaic Society (lots of little tiles to make a beautiful picture); essentially our community of a poster child to that belief…..many leaves ONE BEAUTIFUL TREE.” — Julie
“My goal for World Pride is to capture the most important moments of it all. I’m positive that this will be a major event to help the queer community around the World by bringing nations together, feeling more responsible for places that prohibit people from being gay, to speak up and make our rights as human beings valid.” — Carol
“My goal is to make sure World Pride is NOT all about patting Canada on the back for being so nice to queers while criticizing other countries for being ‘backward.’ We need to have, or develop, a more critical and nuanced view of queer experiences and communities around the world.” — Andi
“My goal for World Pride 2014 is to allow folks to experience and understand all the different and overlapping aspects that Pride is all about. I hope to maintain the messages of our queer and trans community in a way that is clear and accessible to as many participants, spectators, and media as possible so those who cannot make it to World Pride 2014 can still carry on the discussions afterward. It’s time to make statements as a united force. It’s time to talk about the problems we face as a world community because they are our realities.” — Liz
“For World Pride, I would like make sure that Toronto, and by extension Canada, are not held up as the gold standard of queer rights. We have so much more work to do for queer and especially trans communities in our city, and I hope that the spotlight of World Pride will highlight not just our triumphs but also our many shortcomings. I would also like to see many Pride organizers use this year as an opportunity to make a shift away from organizing a giant party that’s mostly for white gay men and straight allies. We have an opportunity to create a true celebration of our dynamic communities, one that raises up voices that are usually excluded, especially those of indigenous and 2 Spirit folks. We can dance, take over streets and celebrate in the sun while also having critical conversations about social justice and the failures of the Pride movement – Pride should ignite and inspire, and it’s these conversations that I hope will gear us into taking action long after World Pride has left Toronto.” — Laura
This is what our Team holds close to us as we dream, brainstorm, plan, and organize ways to make the Dyke March a spectacular celebration of our queer and trans communities and politics. We are using these goals to shape our messaging, images, and materials for the 2014 Dyke March. Keep watching this space for our 2014 campaign launch!
What are your goals for 2014?
This post written by: Andi