We are so excited to come together as a community to celebrate the incredible talent and leadership in our community through speakers and performers who will inspire us at this year’s Rally. We will be highlighting and honoring the experiences, pleasures, activism, and identities of queer women and dyke-identified people (and those who love us). Community is so important, and now more than ever we are reminded that none of us can be truly free until we are all free. We need to fight for each other and recharge with one another.
We cannot wait for the 2023 Seattle Dyke March where we will highlight organizations and individuals doing the hard work and dance, sing along, move and be connected through the incredible artists and performers in our community. Join us on June 24, 2023 to fight, celebrate, and march!
We will have our Rally at Volunteer Park Amphitheater from 5-7PM. The March will step-off at 7PM.
This year, the march will be unpermitted around the North Capitol Hill neighborhood. For more information, check out our march & rally announcement here.
Our events are all funded by donations, if you’d like to support the Seattle Dyke March please consider making a donation using the link below or via our Venmo: @SeattleDykeMarch.
Support our performers by donating to them directly – their Venmos are listed in their bios below.
The Seattle Dyke March is committed to promoting the important efforts of other organizations and groups in our community. There is so much to care about and fight for, and we ask you to join us in our support of some important groups.
Real Rent Duwamish – https://www.realrentduwamish.org/
Real Rent calls on people who live and work in Seattle to make rent payments to the Duwamish Tribe. You can do something today to stand in solidarity with First Peoples of this land by paying Real Rent. All funds go directly to Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS) to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe.
Planned Parenthood – www.weareplannedparenthood.org/
On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade which made access to safe and legal abortion a constitutional right. We must rise up and fight against this attack on our liberties. As state abortion bans and restrictions are sweeping the country, it can be hard to figure out how and where to get the care you need. Visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion/it-still-legal-me-get-abortion for help.
Indigo Blue is Seattle’s Sapphic Sweetheart and the Emerald City’s most awarded Burlesque performer. She was inducted into the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2011 as “Queen of Burlesque” and won its highest award “The Sassy Lassy” in 2018. Locally she has been recognized by the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival and Washington State Mx Leather. She is the subject of the documentary “A Wink And A Smile” and is the founder of The Academy of Burlesque and Burlycon Burlesque Convention.
Photo by Neil Kendall
Li Nowlin-Sohl (she/her) is a Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU LGBTQ & HIV Project, where she works to ensure that LGBTQ+ people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association. Some of the significant cases she has worked on over the years include: a challenge to Tennessee’s law banning transgender middle and high school students from participating on interscholastic sports teams that match their gender; a successful lawsuit against the Bureau of Prisons securing gender-affirming surgery for a transgender woman in BOP custody; lawsuits challenging healthcare systems’ discriminatory practices in Washington; and most recently, a two-week trial in Arkansas successfully stopping the country’s first statewide ban on gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth. She is active in the community as a long-time member and former President of the QLaw Foundation’s Board of Directors and a member of the Joint Asian Judicial Evaluations Committee.
Ramona Ahto is member of the Yakama Nation and is also Quinault and Cascade. Ramona is 82 in Seattle and has lived in Seattle since 1985. She has worked in Indian Communities since she finished college and is still active, doing contract work and zoom classes. Ramona works with women in recovery and in the intersections of recovery and sexual assault and domestic violence. Ramona is 42 years clean and sober. Ramona is a parent, grandparent, great grand parent and aunty. Ramona and her partner, Sherry, have been together close to 33 years. She has been involved in the various groups, having spoken at the UW, Fred Hutchinson and several other presentations to talk about discrimination against 2 Spirit and LGBTQ people.
Elayne is a lifelong Seattle-area resident, who came out as trans on national television (the Sally Jesse Raphael show) in 1997 at a time when trans people were otherwise invisible in society. Following this, Elayne began serving her communities in various capacities as a filmmaker, festival promoter, volunteer, and board member, and has served as a board member of many LGBTQIA-serving organizations. In 2012, she helped found Gender Justice League, working to produce Trans Pride Seattle and create more visibility and community for the region's trans and gender diverse populations. She served as their first board chair, and later in the roles of Deputy Director and Executive Director. Even though she stepped down from day to day operations for GJL, she organized the stage and talent aspects of yesterday's Trans Pride Seattle event on this stage.
A Seattle songwriter, her music is a mix of folk, rock, blues, and country too. Sara has stared doing monthly Singer/Songwriter events at the Wildrose and has coordinated with the Dyke March for quarterly Open Mic nights at Distant Worlds Coffee - so she's been a champion for trying to create opportunities for more people and nurture community.
Crowned by the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle, he is the reknowned Imperial Mr Gay WA 2022. A Tacoma native but artistically rooted in Seattle, King Leo Mane’s community efforts bring forth reform, advocacy, equitable action and transmasculine representation to the art of Drag Kingery. He is a transmasculine and disabled performer known throughout the states and heavily inspired by millennial hip hop & R&B. He is a resident cast member at Sissy Butch: a transmasculine showcase and Producer of Seattle’s longest running open stage night, Studio Saturdays. As a multifaceted performer, he has headlined and featured for companies such as Puckduction/Shunpike, Inqueerior and The Emerald City Kings Ball. He is best known for his non-conforming dapper swagger, passionate lip syncs and an alluring appeal that'll capture any audience.
Jess Leslie (she/her/ella) is the Head of Clinical Operations for Latin America at the Trevor Project, the leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQI+ young people. At the Trevor Project, she oversees the crisis services operations of the Mexico office and is leading the strategy for services in Latin America. Prior to joining the Trevor Project, Jess was the Vice President of Victim Services at RAINN where oversaw the operations of the National Sexual Assault Hotline, the Department of Defense’s Safe Helpline, and 30+ other sexual assault hotlines, as well as the victim services clinical and training programs. Jess has spent her career advocating and providing leadership in the fields of gender equality and gender-based violence both in the U.S. and internationally, and is a passionate advocate for social justice and ensuring equitable access to trauma-informed care for survivors of all backgrounds.
Speakers: Judy Kinney (she/they), Executive Director and
Regina "Queen" King (she/her), Social Services Department Manager
GenPride, in operation since early 2016, is the first LGBTQIA2S+ “senior-focused” organization in Washington. We advocate for the unique needs of older LGBTQIA2S+ adults by offering innovative programs and services that promote well-being and prevent social isolation, cultivate belonging through community connection, and work to eliminate discrimination in all its forms. We work hand-in-hand with other community organizations to serve the diverse needs of our LGBTQIA2S+ “Rainbow” elders.
Tracey Wong 黃麗塋 (she/her) is a queer Teochew-American interdisciplinary artist that lights up and inspires spaces through her dance, singing, DJ-ing, hosting, education, and space-holding work. One of her purposes is to help us remember to play, connect with our intuition, and for our bodies to genuinely express to heal and to connect to our humanity. She was born and raised on Duwamish Land/ Seattle, WA with deep roots in the Southend, Beacon Hill, Central District, and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods. Tracey is the daughter of loving parents who were refugees from Vietnam that taught her the values of honesty and loving wholeheartedly. Tracey takes pride in representing her birthplace and continues to create spaces that empower many, especially for queer people, women, and communities of color.
Violinist, violist, and composer Alex Guy is the leader and principal songwriter for Led To Sea, a magnetic chamber-pop trio that fuses classical, pop and experimental music. Her live show has captivated audiences all over the U.S. and Europe, and draws comparisons to St. Vincent and Andrew Byrd. As a solo musician Alex has performed and collaborated with a virtual who's who of bandleaders, composers, improvisers and jazz musicians in the Pacific NW and beyond, including Angel Olsen, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Mirah, Sera Cahoone, Laura Veirs, Ahamefule Oluo, Wayne Horvitz, Amanda Palmer, and many more.
Chiku Nance is a CHamoru, queer and non-binary indie pop singer/songwriter featuring smooth, soulful vocals accompanied by mellow guitar. Their music is an expression of how they process big feelings like love, grief and struggles with identity. They are a proud member of the artist collectives Flower Flower (@flowerflower_cid) and Guma’ Gela’ (@guma_gela). You can find their fiber art work in the Guma’ Gela’: Part Land, Part Sea, All Ancestry exhibit in the Wing Luke Museum through May 2024.