The Seattle Dyke March recognizes Juneteenth, a holiday that in many ways demonstrates the difficulty of the fight against one of our nation’s original sins: the enslavement of human beings. Juneteenth marks a day two and a half years after slavery was supposed to have ended in confederate states — but didn’t end in Texas until June 19, 1865. The Thirteenth Amendment would officially end slavery (except in the case of incarceration) on December 6, 1865.

It is well past time we begin to celebrate the end of slavery. It is well past time we begin to honor the importance of ending the enslavement of human beings.

There has been so much systemic racism in our country and in particular Washington state, when founded as the Oregon Territory, excluded Black people from residing in its borders.

We know that Juneteenth as a holiday does not equate to Black liberation. We will keep pushing for reparations, voting rights, fair housing, health equity, and police reform.

Seattle Dyke March Supports Take B(l)ack Pride

As you are considering what events to attend and support this Pride season, please educate yourself about who is running those events. The in-person “Capitol Hill Pride” event is being run by people with a long history of inserting themselves and attempting to displace community events and center themselves. Their attack on Taking B(l)ack Pride is the latest example. The Seattle Dyke March fully supports Taking B(l)ack Pride, the Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network who is organizing it, and the concept of charging admission to non-Black people who want to attend their event.
Information on Taking B(l)ack Pride, and How To Donate📢@twocsolidaritynetwork (facebook.com/TWOCSolidarityNW) is putting on TAKING B[L]ACK PRIDE on June 26th at 1PM.
💰Venmo: @TWOCSolidarity-NW
💰Cash App: $TWOCSolidarity-NW
💰PayPal: TWOCSolidarityNW

Details from Taking B(l)ack Pride’s Facebook Page (as of 6/20/21)

In collaboration with: Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network ,Alphabet Alliance of Color, Queer the LandTo Our Community,
Our hearts break in the shadow of the recent deaths of our trans siblings Dominique Lucious, Diamond Kyree Sanders and Jaida Peterson. This Pride we honor our fallen, and raise them up! This Pride Month we take our community back!
“TAKING B[L]ACK PRIDE” is about lifting the voices, narratives, and contributions of black queer and trans voices. It’s about centering who we are and what we need to feel empowered, joyful, and heard.
White allies and accomplices are welcome to attend but will be charged a $10 to $50 reparations fee that will be used to keep this event free of cost for BLACK AND BROWN Trans and Queer COMMUNITY. ****
Please join us for our HOEVID-19 Ball with $400 category prizes and much much more!
Come join us for food, movies in the park, performances and open speak spaces, art healing spaces, music, and, dancing in a social distancing friendly park!
We will also have a Covid-19 vaccine clinic
(Masks Mandatory masks available.) To volunteer, click here:
Venmo- @TWOCSolidarity-NW
Cash App-$TWOCSolidarityNW
ASL interpreters will be available for the main performances and Ball. We will live stream the event And pin ASL Interpreters. Jimi Hendrix Park has wheel chair accessible pathways to the park from parking lot and sidewalks. Access map will be available soon to show accessible entrances, parking, bathrooms

Dyke March Newsletter 6/9/21 – Virtual Showcase

Saturday, June 26, at 5pm we will continue to celebrate and honor the talents of queer women and dyke-identified people across the gender spectrum through our 2021 Pride Virtual Showcase. We are excited to host Tracey Wong, 1st-generation Chinese-American (Gaginang) dancer, educator, and community event organizer who will captivate us with her moves. Also captivating us with her moves will be Luna Sol (a/k/a Stephy Styles) doing a Waacking Burlesque. If you’re not familiar with Waacking, check out this YouTube video linking the dance style to LGBTQ history and community. Delphine Elliott ushers in the next generation of singer-songwriters with an Indie/Pop sound, and Grae Violet is a singer-songwriter and spoken word artist who blends dreamy vocals with 80s style synth-pop beats for a trippy alt-pop sound that centers her unique black queer artist perspective on all of her work. Save Your Spot Now!Dyke March favorite, Naomi Ishisaka wrote an article about the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. 
Queer & Trans Pop-Up Market in White Center on June  12- Check out VietQ’s Facebook page for more info. 
Century Ballroom OutDancing is venturing into the vaccinated events world by hosting the first OutDancing event in over a year. Vaccines required and it maxes at 50. Friday, June 11, 2021, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.  
Seattle Pride will hold an online event during Pride Weekend (June 26-27, 11am-5pm). 
Pacific Northwest Black Pride Theme in 2021: “Stronger Together Fighting: Anti-Blackness – Centering Black Trans Lives” – watch the website for details about a possible event possibly in October. 
Pride Asia Fest was May 30 and the video is online
Entre Hermanos is already advertising for their annual Día De Muertos Gala in October.

Dyke Discussions – News, books, commentary, and more that has captured our attention
Seattle Times article providing resources for mental health for BIPOC. 
The ACLU-Wa series on policing in Washington, from budgets, overtime, and the war drugs and a new series to explore. 
LGBT Allyship sent out an summarizing the recent Washington legislative session and continues to provide information and resources for renters. 

LGBTQ Issues and stories captivating us 
Making Gay History recent podcast honored Kay Lahusen, January 5, 1930 – May 26, 2021. Kay was a monumental figure in the LGBTQ civil rights movement with Barbara Gittings, her partner in life and activism. Her frustration with mainstream movements resonated with the Dyke March desire to always explore how we can do better than assimilation or the status quo. 
Aisha Ibrahim, becomes the first female executive chef at Canlis and she’s joined by her partner, Samantha Beaird.
The Seattle Dyke March is looking for poets, musicians, and artists of all kinds to amplify the art and activism of queer women and dyke identified performers. If you, or someone you know, is interested in a spot on our virtual gallery, please contact us via email of fill out our google form at http://bit.ly/SeattleDykeMarchGallery