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Annual Dyke March

Annual Dyke March

WorldPride 2014 toronto dyke march

Date:   Saturday, June 28, 2014  -  Rally in Allan Gardens 1PM - March at 2PM

What is the Dyke March Event?

Welcome to Pride Toronto's annual Dyke March. The Dyke March is a grassroots event where women and trans people in LGBTTIQQ2SA communities take over the streets of Toronto. The Dyke March is not a parade - it is a political demonstration of critical mass; a moment seized to revel in the strength, diversity and passion of LGBTTIQQ2SA women and trans folk.  We encourage groups to work within the theme for Pride Week 2014 in order to express their values. Raise your voice! Join us as we celebrate our diversity, our passion and our pride.  The Dyke March is organized by the Dyke March Committee, based on the Guiding Principles created from the 2006/2007 Community Consultations. The Dyke March Committee, the Dyke March, and all other events organized by the Dyke March Committee are trans inclusive.

Honoured Dyke and Honoured Dyke Group

Nominations are closed as of 21 March 2014 5:00PM EST.

Nominees should have contributed significantly to the LGBTTIQQ2SA community. Nominations must provide details and specific instances of nominees' contributions. The honoured positions’ selection process is an opportunity for community involvement and engagement. Following the nomination process, the Board of Pride Toronto will consider the applications and select the honourees.

The awards will be given based on the nominees’:

  • History of work and biography of the nominee with respect to the LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities

  • Significant contribution and accomplishments to the public, private or non-profit sectors

  • How the nominee embodies this year’s Pride Toronto theme, which is “Rise Up!”

The nominee must be a resident of the Toronto Area.

The recipients will lead the Dyke March on Saturday June 28, 2014.

Past Honoured Dyke & Honoured Dyke Group recipients:

Year
Honoured Dyke
Honoured Dyke Group

2013

Paola Solorzano

Shape Your Life

2012

Andrea Houston

Women’s Health in Women’s Hands

2011

Leanne Iskander

Trans Health Lobby Group

2009

Faith Nolan

Toronto Roller Derby League (ToRD)

2008

Anna Willats

Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club

2007

Rachel Epstein

Dykes Planning Tykes (DPT)

2006

Zahra Dhanani

Women for Recreation, Information and Business (WRIB)

2005

Lisa Hayes and
Lesha Van Der Bij

 

2004

 

Older Lesbians & Dykes

 

2014 DYKE MARCH TEAM Mission Statement

The 2014 Toronto Dyke March works to celebrate the diversity, visibility, and strengths of our dyke communities and to resist normative stereotypes, systems, and economies. Our organizing framework is a radical queer politics that is collaborative and community-driven and emphasizes the power of our desires, stories, and collective knowledge. We work to organize a March and other events that strive to dismantle racism, transphobia, classism, and ableism while fostering sex and body positivity. We do this so that we can create accountable and supportive spaces in Toronto for all lesbian, bi, and queer women and all self- identified dykes, including 2-Spirit and gender-variant dykes, from across the spectrum and from various backgrounds. We aim to organize a Dyke March that honours the history of Dyke Marches as a political demonstration and that has year-long impact in order to move us forward. We seek to move forward through creating dialogue that truly respects our differences as well as the complexity of our identities and experiences. We recognise that we need to build new systems of care, alternative economies, and transformative and empowering  communities. This is difficult work that requires a lot of commitment, time, and energy accompanied by patience and laughter. Overall, we will be creative and disruptive, making politicized fun and glittery ruckus; we will be fierce!

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