SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014
12:00pm Sign-Making and March Prep (Allan Gardens)
1:30pm Rally (Allan Gardens)
2:00pm Dyke March (Allan Gardens to George Hislop Park)
Please note the route change for 2014!
Route: Start in Allan Gardens, west on Carlton St., north up Yonge St., east on Charles St. to end in George Hislop Park.
Registering for the Toronto Dyke March is encouraged but not required. If you register, we can also help you join a group or larger contingent for the Dyke March.
Registration for the Dyke March is mandatory if you are bringing a motorcycle, car, truck or other large vehicle. Vehicle registrations are due Saturday, June 21, 2014.
Please note on your registration if you would like to join a group or contingent.
- dykes on bikes (motorcycles)
- dykes on bicycles
- dykes with tykes (children and families)
- older lesbians and mature queer women
- other – Please specify. Examples are groups by identity, issue, city, country, culture, or religion.
The Toronto 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.
Who Can March
We aim to create dyke-centred spaces all year long and Dyke Day is no exception. Our goal is a March that welcomes all self-identified dykes and keeps the focus on dyke experiences – this includes the experiences of all lesbian, bi, and queer women, as well as Two Spirit, trans, and gender-variant dykes from across the spectrum.
If marching with a non-dyke-identified person improves your experience, we encourage you to invite them to march with you. We know how important having our children, friends, partners, parents, and other allies around us can be, and we want you to have the best March experience possible. Ultimately, we want dykes calling the shots.
If you are an ally who hasn’t been invited to march with a dyke, but still want to participate, don’t worry – we have a role for you! Help us make sure dyke voices and experiences are at the centre of Dyke Day. Ask us about our Ally Project or come cheer us on.
The Dyke March is not a parade; Please note that vehicles are only encouraged in the March in order to increase accessibility and/or amplify dyke voices. The Toronto Dyke March is working towards a vehicle-free March with the exception of Accessibility Vehicles and Dykes on Bikes.
The Toronto Dyke March aims to make the march as accessible as possible for all those wanting to take part in the march. Please note in your registration any accessibility questions or requirements you have and if you will be in need of an accessibility vehicle.
When & Where
Dyke March TO
The Toronto Dyke March organizes the Dyke March and all affiliated events leading up to and during Toronto Pride. The committee is politically-engaged and community-oriented. We strive to operate within a feminist, queer, and anti-oppressive framework that is both collaborative and celebratory. We work toward creating spaces that allow the experiences, pleasures and identities of ALL queer women and dyke-identified folks to not only exist but also thrive.
Facebook: DykeMarch Toronto
2015 Mission Statement
The 2015 Dyke March is committed to celebrating the diversity of dykes and to demonstrating our beliefs, desires, and public presence. We strive towards claiming space for queer women and dyke-identified people across the spectrum through actively engaging our unique communities, finding strength in our differences and belonging in our similarities. Our politics are queer, anti-normative, feminist, trans*-inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive. We embrace the history of Dyke March as a radical, political demonstration of critical mass and respond to the ongoing need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society.
We aim to be accountable to our dyke communities by upholding values of transparency, respect, and collaboration. We aim to engage allies through sharing knowledge and by fostering their active support. We aim to be responsive to the needs of dyke communities, including their critiques of Pride celebrations, in order to create a space for our diverse communities to unite and achieve the social justice and equality that each of us deserves. We are here to be out and proud, to take a stand and to celebrate #DYKEVERSITY. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with energy to take action, a sense of community, and appreciation for your own unique dyke glory.
The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans* people, Indigenous people, people of colour and people with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
Dyke is used as a term inclusive of all women-loving-women regardless of labels, including lesbian, bisexual, queer-identified, pansexual fluid, omnisexual, intersex and trans* women, and gender-independent folks. It is meant to be shocking and confrontational.
Trans* is an umbrella term that refers to all of the identities within the gender identity spectrum which includes but is not limited to those community members who identify as transgender, transsexual, transvestite, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender independent, non-binary, third gender, two-spirit, and bigender.