Introducing our posters for 2014 WorldPride! Have you seen these posters around? Well you’re going to! Here’s the story behind our campaign.
Pride is Not Enough
…because we organize a march, not a parade. Because our pride is political. Because we seek to politicize and critique the Pride movement and Pride Toronto. Because we don’t only or always feel pride.
The Dyke March is part of a history of resisting invisibility within the mainstream lesbian and gay movement. The first official “Dyke March” was in Washington in 1993. The Lesbian Avengers started this event as one of their many efforts to combat lesbian invisibility in queer organizing.
“Founded in 1992, the Lesbian Avengers were a direct action group focused on lesbian visibility and survival. Too impatient for lobbying or letter-writing, these fire-eating secretaries, students, cab drivers, journalists, artists and teachers joined together to create fabulous street actions that inserted lesbians into public life, forced political change, and redefined dykes as the coolest, most ferocious, girls on the block.”
To read more about The Lesbian Avengers, click here!
Dyke March Toronto acknowledges that there are many left out of the mainstream “Gay and Lesbian” and “Pride” movements, and works to create spaces for these communities to come together. Dyke March Toronto works to resist hierarchies, corporatization, transphobia, colonialism, racism, ableism, and sexism, and the Dyke March is our moment to bring these issues, and others, to the forefront in the midst of a festival that focuses on spectacle and highlights white, affluent, cis, gay men. To read more about our values, click here. To read more about our history, click here.
More Than Pride
…because we strive to take our mission of creating dyke spaces beyond the limits of the Pride Festival and the Church-Wellesley Village. Because we work to create dyke spaces, elevate dyke voices, and centre dyke experiences all year long – not just during Pride.
Dyke March Toronto also supports the work and events happening in our communities that also make spaces for dyke-spectrum folks. For our Dyke Pride Guide, click here. For our Dyke Guide to Toronto, click here.
What You Make It
…because we create the space, but our communities fill it up. Because we encourage the members of our communities to think about what Pride means to them, what they want it to be, and what role they can play in making it happen. Because we challenge ourselves and our communities to be thoughtful, critical, and deliberate about the ways we use and take up space, and they ways we can make it more welcoming and celebratory for all dyke-identified folks.
For information about volunteering, click here.
Stay tuned for more information about how you can get involved in politicizing WorldPride!
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