The Rally is the big kick-off to the Dyke March, and we are so excited to announce our phenomenal line-up! We know these speakers and performers will give you all the energy, motivation, rage, and joy you’ll need to get ready for the Dyke March.
Natalie Nox is a Dyke identified, Queer multi-instrumentalist, performer and activist. She has worked in multiple initiatives to improve the lives of LGBTQI immigrants and refugees. Her resilient advocacy for the rights of queer and intersex immigrants ensued revisions and amendments to federal immigration policies regarding, employment, gender markers and name adjustments, making them accessible to non-permanent residents, refugees and protected persons with gender variant or gender neutral identities. Some highlights of her work include the development of workshops on servicing queer newcomers in partnership with Access Alliance. Serving as an advisory board member for the Among Friends Initiative as well as being a founding member of the Breakthrough Network; a program offered by the 519 community center to provide information, networking and a safe space for queer immigrants. She has co-facilitated workshops for Supporting Our Youth, OCASI, The People Project and financial institutions. She filmed a short documentary featured as part of the 2009 queer digital video project, sponsored by the Inside Out LGBT film festival. She is a member of the Face It campaign, created to showcase the visibility of LGBTQI Latin Americans living in Ontario, with the purpose of promoting inclusion in their cultural communities. As a musician, she is working to improve the lack of presence of queer women voices in heavy metal music and the inherent misogyny they are subject to. Natalie was awarded the 2009 LGBT Youth Line award for outstanding youth visibility and the 2010 Catherine Parr Trail Award for newcomer women.
Sharp Dopler is of Sauk/Fox/Cherokee and Irish descent, born in Newfoundland and living in Ottawa since 1992. Sharp is the Ottawa Regional Outreach/Support Services worker for Oahas – it’s great work to serve the Aboriginal community and to be paid to talk about sex! Sharp identifies as agokwe-nini, and ogichidaa – serving the community as a Helper, Drummer/Singer, Pow wow dancer and much more. Sharp is a retired veteran with 16 years’ service in the CF Reserves, an MA in Canadian Studies/Women’s Studies, a diploma in Social Service Work and a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Taekwon Do.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer cis femme mixed raised working-class Sri Lankan writer, performer, educator and curator, and sick and crazy genius. The author of the Lambda Award winning Love Cake and Consensual Genocide (TSAR) and co editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities (South End Press.) Her work has appeared in the anthologies Dear Sister, Undoing Border Imperialism, Stay Solid, Persistence: Still Butch and Femme, Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Homelands, Colonize This, We Don’t Need Another Wave, Bitchfest, Without a Net, Dangerous Families, Brazen Femme, Femme and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over The World.
With Cherry Galette, she co-founded Mangos With Chili, North America’s performance incubator for Two Spirit, queer and trans people of color performance artists, and is a lead artist with Sins Invalid. In 2010 she was named one of the Feminist Press’ “40 Feminists Under 40 Who Are Shaping the Future” and she is one of the the 2013 Autostraddle Alternative Hot 105. She has taught, performed and lectured across North America, Sri Lanka and Australia and co-founded Toronto’s Asian Arts Freedom School. Her third book of poetry, Bodymap, and first memoir, Dirty River, are forthcoming. A longtime member of the Allied Media Conference family, she is deeply invested in transformative, disability and healing justice work and believes that art and culture are prayers for transformation and healing.
Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist. A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to acting in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe and performing in both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States, to starring in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of “things she has done” to her grandmother’s hard-working history and the pain of her mother’s absence.
Eagle Woman Singerz is a female hand drum group based in Toronto. Their lead drummer is Aboriginal from Piikani Reserve, Alberta. She a 2-spirited Blackfoot and has been singing, dancing, and performing since she was old enough to walk.
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A daughter of the diaspora, Arawak, West African, Indian and Dutch, hailing from Trinidad and living currently in Toronto. Kim Katrin Crosby (Milan) is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, activist, speaker and educator. Addressing audiences at Princeton, in Montreal at the International LGBT Film Festival and University of Texas in 2014 alone, her work has taken her across North America speaking on equity, liberation and care. She is co founder and executive director of The People Project, 8 years in the making; a movement of queer and trans folks of color and our allies, committed to individual and community empowerment through alternative education, art activism and collaboration. This year she was recognize by ‘The Root’ the premier news, opinion and culture site for African-American influencers as a young. Black feminist to watch as well as one of Autostraddle’s 100 LGBT Black Women to know sharing the list with Angela Davis, Marsha P. Johnson & Mia McKenzie. She has completed a residency both under D’bi Young and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre and has curated exhibitions, cabarets events and performed at stages across Canada. She is currently producing and co-curating the Buddies In Bad Times Cabaret Insatiable Sisters with Gein Wong. She also engages in community based healing initiatives including teaching Queer and Brown Girls Yoga, and hosting yearly healing retreats for femme identified Folks of Colour and Indigenous Folks.
It’s a Rally you won’t want to miss!
Saturday, June 28, 2014
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