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    Here’s Why Dyke March Moved from Friday to Saturday as Part of Women’s Freedom Festival

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    Throughout the city’s 40-year history, West Hollywood has remained a leading and steadfast advocate for LGBTQIA rights. The City annually hosts one of the world’s largest Pride celebrations and has been home to the Dyke March since its inception in Southern California in the mid-1990s. This followed the first Dyke March on Washington, D.C. organized by the Lesbian Avengers in 1993.

    Until last year, the turnout and participation in the Dyke March was never more than a hundred or so women because the event was held on a Friday evening, during rush hour traffic…. in a city with extremely limited parking! Traditionally, around the country the Dyke March is held the night before the main Pride parade on Sunday. For the inaugural WeHo Pride in 2022, Women’s Freedom Festival and the Dyke March were held on Friday evening. While the overall pride was a huge success, from The L-Project’s (producers of Women’s Freedom Festival for Weho Pride) perspective, the participation for the Dyke March was underwhelming for a free event.

    The L-Project, along with other voices from the Queer women’s community petitioned the City to move the Dyke March and Women’s Freedom Festival to Saturday. The move to Saturday resulted in the biggest turnout of attendees for the Dyke March in West Hollywood history!

    According to Chris Baldwin, Chief Operating Officer for The L-Project:   “To maximize Dyke March participation, it was important that programming for our community happens on a day and time when people can get into West Hollywood without having to fight rush hour traffic. And representation matters – having a well-attended march to protest the patriarchy and to elevate the voices of feminine identified and two spirit people, was essential “

    In 2023 the Dyke March continued to grow and evolve, ushering in a new contingent of bikers called the Pride Riders LA, led by Katrina Vinson.  For info on Pride Riders LA:    https://www.instagram.com/pride_riders_la/

    Tickets for Dyke March and Women’s Freedom Festival are free and available via eventbrite:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-freedom-festival-dyke-march-x-weho-pride-2024-tickets-765429629627

    Information and Schedule for WFF/Dyke March events (schedule subject to change, look for updates)

    https://wehotimes.com/checkout-the-lineup-for-weho-pride-womens-freedom-festival-and-dyke-march-2024/

    For more information on the L Project:

    https://www.instagram.com/lprojectla/
    https://thelproject.org/

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    Catherine Eng
    Catherine Eng
    Catherine Eng is a long time resident of the City of West Hollywood. She currently serves as a West Hollywood Business License Commissioner, was a journalism major, and is a supporter of Weho Times @thedamecat
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