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London's first Dyke March

  • 31.03.2012 00:00 (il y a 2368 jours ) - 31.03.2012 00:00 (il y a 2368 jours )
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A major lesbian parade has been planned to take place in London on 31 March – more than twenty years after the city's first.

A major lesbian parade has been planned to take place in London on 31 March – more than twenty years after the city's first.

The march will start in Soho Square and travel through the centre of the capital in a bid to boost lesbian visibility.

The event is the first since the Lesbian Strength marches in the 1980s, which ran for a handful of years. The history to how and why they ended is not well documented.

"We're doing Dyke March London to support dyke visibility, in all our sameness and differences," organiser Emelia Holdaway told PinkPaper.com.

"Being visible is an act of protest and an act of power, it creates community and Dyke March London is also about good old fashioned community building and empowerment."

In the United States, there are annual Dyke Marches in many capital cities, usually held the day before the city's annual Pride march - in Boston, Santa Cruz, San Diego, Chicago, LA, NYC, New Orleans, Seattle, Washington as well as Toronto (pictured), Mexico City, and Vancouver.

"The first one was held in 1993 in Washington and was organised in response to the National March on Washington being organised by the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce," adds Holdaway.

"It was felt that the National March would have little content relevant to lesbians, so word was put out to have a Dyke March the day beforehand. Organisers expected maybe a thousand people, but word spread like wildfire and 20,000 turned up to march.

"After that, it became an annual event, with Dyke Marches now held in many cities. It is from this tradition of Dyke Marches that we've drawn our inspiration – and name".

 

http://www.gayuknews.com/

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