The constant refrain of “Where is the Dyke March” and “Is it happening?” are no less present this year BUT it IS happening.
It’s at the usual gather time of 6PM It’s at a brand new crazy early time of 1pm at the Salmon Street Fountain (I THINK). But anyway this “parade of exes” has it’s own pre-party sort of hilarity that should not be missed.
Plus it is the 45th anniversary of Stonewall and here’s some local lore as well:
Long long ago and far away in 1994, several Portland Lesbian Avengers- lezzies, bulldykes, femmes, and transfolk got together to replicate an event that happened at the March on Washington (DC) 1993- the Dyke March.
It’s been 20 years. And a lot of things have changed. We’re shedding labels, and identifying in new and different ways, but I still believe that Dyke March is hugely important to queer and dyke visibility.
FREE, 1pm at the [NOTE TIME CHANGE: See letter posted below]
NORTH PARK BLOCKS
Saturday June 14th
PS While I understand the logistics of the time change I’m less than thrilled. We already have a hard enough time getting our Dyke March in order in this town, people are always confused, lost and wondering if it is happening. It’s always been at 6pm for many years and it feels like we’re getting pushed around. Plus I feel like it’ll be even harder to get people to be up and out in time for 11am. Bad bad decisions all around folks…
Saturday is a big day with Pride NW’s first official Trans March which kicks off in the morning. You’ll have enough time in the afternoon to take a disco nap and maybe a costume change before the Dyke March later in the day (now I know this will not all be the same people but believe me if I have it in me I’ll be at both just sayin’). It is also the 45th anniversary of Stonewall so it’s about damn time we had our own Trans March, seeing as this is who we owe all these damn June celebrations to.
FREE, 11:30 am at the
North Park Blocks on West Burnside
Saturday June 14th