A #MyDykeMarchStory From Our Community Partner

This year marks the 13th annual Vancouver Dyke March and Festival. At the March and Festival, dyke-identified folks and our allies gather, celebrate, and demonstrate in recognition both of our own uniqueness and diversity and of our unity with the broader LGBTQ2+ community. The March strives to be an inclusive grassroots celebration of queer women and trans folks, and hopes to provide greater visibility, proving that we truly are better together.

Below, one of our long-standing community organizers shares her Dyke March story:

It was probably ten years ago when I started volunteering with the Dyke March. It was the end of the festival and the host asked folks to help clean up on their way out. Well, I just stayed and cleaned up and was invited to an after party for Volunteers. Since then, I have been a volunteer and organizer, a board member and fundraiser. I have learned a lot over my years with this organization. I have challenged my personal “I cannot do that”; to doing lots of things I never thought I could do!

The scariest thing I did was take on organizing a fundraiser. Five years ago we had no one to organize Diva’s Den, a women-centric strip show and our biggest fundraiser. With no experience and only two and a half months to get it together, I stepped up and agreed to take it on. I learned how having your venue worked out helps everything else come together. The community of performers are so fabulously more than willing to donate their time and talent to this event and the Dyke March fundraising. Throughout the last five years of organizing Diva’s Den I have learned many new organizing skills that have made the following year easier.

Next year I have the honour of organizing the 20th anniversary Divas Den! With my new developed skills I now organize Dyke March socials and smaller fundraisers like speed dating/speed friending events throughout the year, as well as organizing events for other groups I am involved in. Just as important, I met some fantastic people and have made some great friends that have enriched my life. Where some other organizations I felt the need to leave because of who I am, the Dyke March makes room for all us Queers. Though my life is taking me to different places now I am always glad to work with the Vancouver Dyke March and Festival whenever I can.

Come and march with us on Saturday, July 30 th . We will begin in McSpadden Park at 11 AM with some pre-March festivities and a community art project. The March will leave McSpadden Park at 12 PM (noon) and we will make our way down Commercial Drive to end at Grandview Park for the Festival. The Festival will take

place from 1 to 5 PM, and involve performances from various artists, feature queer-friendly vendors, and create a space to gather with friends, family, and the community.

What is your story? #MyDykeMarchStory