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ORGANIZER CHAIR
Jill Mullins

SHE/HER

Organizer Since: ~2008

Jill loves being a Dyke and the intersection of feminism, queerness, and commitment to fight for liberation of everyone that is embodied in the label. When not amplifying the incredible dykes in Seattle, hosting Seattle Dyke March speed dating, happy hours, and other ways to be in community together, Jill practices law, co-hosts Seattle Lesbian Literture Meet-up, writes a column for Real Change, and posts far too many photos to Instagram of her cat, Sonia.

What inspired you to get involved in the Seattle Dyke March? I was friend’s with Whitney Fraser, who had been organizing for years. I knew that the Dyke March needed organizing help. With the closure of the Lesbian Resource Center I was missing community and understood that that the Dyke March is an important part of preserving a culture for queer women (inclusively and expansively defined).

What is your favorite thing about the Seattle Dyke March?  It is far too hard to narrow it down to just one thing. The organizers are amazing people who enrich my life and bring so much talent to organizing. I love the speakers and performers and seeing people shine in their passions. And I just that moment in the march, when we turn down from 12th to Mercer towards Broadway and small hill allows you to see the sea of marchers. I love it!

What is your favorite spot in Seattle? Outdoors – Greenlake. Indoors – Century Ballroom with queer dance lessons and OutDancing.


Michele Freed

THEY/them

Organizer Since: 2021

Michele is a disabled, non-binary lesbian working to uplift spaces and voices at the intersection of disability and queerness. In their free time, they enjoy reading Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Carmen Maria Machado as well as creating music and poetry. As many have during the pandemic, Michele has turned to a bi-weekly Dungeons and Dragons game with friends to stay sane.

What is your favorite spot in Seattle? I love the Frye Art Museum. Its changing exhibits leave it an exciting place to explore that always feels like home.

What is your favorite queer/lgbtq+ media? I’m a huge fan of Special from Ryan O’Connell. It’s a hilarious show written, starring, and based on the life a gay man with Cerebral Palsy who feels more comfortable coming out as gay and an accident survivor than he is coming out as disabled.

How do you like to meet new lesbian friends? I like to meet people doing things and being around people and places I love. There is something special about meeting someone new through friends. And meeting someone through a shared appreciation is pretty great too.

Tiffany-Ashton Gatsby

She/They

Organizer Since: 2018

Tiffany-Ashton Gatsby is an artist, advocate, activist, and trauma survivor that focuses on representing issues faced by the queer-disabled community, perception
of the intersection of gender and disability, and documenting interactions within biomedical systems. They approach these topics through painting, sculpture, glass, photography, collage, assemblage, and film. As a student researcher at the University of Washington, Tiffany-Ashton hopes to establish a network of collectives for queer-disabled individuals to gather and create community-based artworks for public installation made to bring visibility to the queer-disabled community.  
 

What inspired you to get involved in the Seattle Dyke March? Before the 2016 election, I wasn’t really involved in politics, activism, or community building. A few months into 2017, I attended a Speed Dating event hosted by the Seattle Dyke March and I realized how important community building and local activism was to the broader conversations on equity and inclusion. I started hosting lesbian-focused social events, volunteering for queer issues in the community, and when I went back to school, I became active on campus promoting queer causes. I eventually became friendly with one of the Seattle Dyke March head honchos, who invited me to join as an organizer and I’m thankful every day to be a part of something so special and important!

When was your first Seattle Dyke March? – 2017

How do you like to meet new lesbian friends? I’ve been very successful using Meetup to meet new queer friends. Whether the events are online or in person, I’ve found that it’s a great way to make friends with people that share common interests. I highly recommend getting on Meetup if you’re new to an area and you’re trying to build a strong queer community of support. It’s out there, it’s just hard to find it, sometimes.

Ann Hoang

SHE/HER

Organizer Since: 2016

Ann is a queer Vietnamese feminist passionate about the intersection of social justice and technology. She is a software engineer at Fred Hutch and co-founder of OutX, a platform to help individuals find LGBTQ+ friendly healthcare and wellness providers. When not using her tech powers for good Ann enjoys searching for the next great doughnut in the PNW. Please send recommendations.

What is your favorite thing about the Seattle Dyke March? Getting to meet, elevate and embrace the beautiful souls that make up our community.

Who was your first lesbian crush? Jo Polniaczek from “The Facts of Life”!

What is your favorite spot in Seattle? Any street corner on a cold rainy night, waiting patiently for the Walk signal so I can cross the street.

Katie Kephart

They/SHE

Organizer Since: 2019

Katie is a nonbinary lesbian who loves being a part of the local Dyke community and is passionate about creating/holding space and support for the identities and experiences of all LGBTQ+ people. They are a longtime dancer, an enthusiastic photographer, and a strong advocate for drinking iced coffee no matter the weather. 

What inspired you to get involved with the Seattle Dyke March? I am a sometimes participant of the incredible Seattle Lesbian Literature Group (check out their meet-up group here!) where I met the lovely Jill Mullins and had to ask her about the cool events and performers she collaborated with via the Dyke March. From there, it’s history!

What is your favorite thing about the Seattle Dyke March? I love that the Dyke March is continuously expanding. Not only is it an inclusively defined space to amplify queer women and dyke identified people, but as a group it continues to find new ways to amplify, highlight, and support the voices of our community. There is so much growth constantly happening. 

What is your favorite spot in Seattle? As I continue to explore and fall more in love with Seattle, my favorite spot continues to change. Currently, you’ll find me at Volunteer Park with an iced coffee from Ada’s Books and Cafe.

Corey Perrien

She/Her & They/Them

Organizer Since: 2010

To be perfectly honest I am considered a social justice issue.  I live in a society that willfully thinks of me as imperfect, dishonest, defensive, a sinner, a leach but this is the truth of all of us.  Yes, I am a middle aged, fat, black, gay, women maneuvering through a society that either refuses to see me or sees me as less than them.   I do not have the luxury of having to choose only one social justice issue I fight. I will lend my ear to issues that are brought to me and if I am not able to extend my immediate energy to it it will always be in the back of my mind and when I do have energy to give to it, I will.

When was you first Seattle Dyke March? June 2011
 
What inspired you to get involved in the Seattle Dyke March?
1) you don’t have to be considered a dyke to be actively involved; 2) they champion women’s issues, challenges; 3) they search for knowledge and truth; 4) take on challenges, inspire change and expansion of freedom of those who are oppressed. 
 
What is you favorite way to stay involved in the LGBTQ+ community?
Football (American and Euro versions) , softball, basketball, DANCING!!!

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