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    PHOTOS – Women’s Freedom Festival and Dyke March Take Over Boystown for WeHo Pride

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    Women’s Freedom Festival and Dyke March took over Boystown to celebrate LGBTQ+ women on Saturday June 1, for WeHo Pride. The women’s programing, produced by the L-Project Los Angeles and co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, returned for its 3rd year.

    Located at the Celebration Stage on west end of Santa Monica Blvd at LaPeer Avenue, the event was be hosted by Kalea McNeill with sounds by DJ Boom Boom & DJ Sterling Victorian.

    Women’s Freedom Festival and Dyke March Event – Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES

    This year’s lineup of 2SLGBTQ+BIPOC artists will include live performances by: Nekeith – Madline Grace Jones – Shiah Luna – Gattison – Cheri Moon – Theia – Mariah Counts and the KingQueen Band. Poetry by Yazmin Monet Watkins + Sasha MaRi – Suri Chan and West Hollywood’s Poet Laurette, Jen Cheng.

    Guest speakers will include: Queen Hollins, Chanel Lumiere, Amy Stretten (Chickhominy)

    Dyke March performance by THEIA & MEDUSA, THE GANSTA GODDESS.

    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.

     

    Women’s Freedom Festival and Dyke March Event – Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES

    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. 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 moved to Friday evening.

    The L-Project is an historically lesbian non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2015 by Elisabeth Sandberg, in West Hollywood, California. Their mission is to promote and support emerging LGBTQI BI+POC women and non-binary creatives through the arts and technology.

    Since its incorporation in 1984, the City of West Hollywood has become one of the most influential cities in the nation for its outspoken advocacy on LGBTQ issues. The City has, for nearly four decades, been on the vanguard of efforts to gain and protect equality for all people on a state, national, and international level. With more than 40% of community members identifying as LGBTQ and four of the five members of the West Hollywood City Council identifying as LGBTQ, Pride is a deeply rooted part of West Hollywood’s history and culture.

     

     

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]
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