The goal of a Dyke March is to increase lesbian visibility and support the rights of all women regardless of labels, including bisexual and transgender women. Disparities in health care, equal pay and hiring opportunities are some of the issues highlighted.
The first year over 400 women participated, the second year 500 - this year the rally, march and after party will be held on Friday May 15th, 2015 starting at 7:00pm. Please bring your signs and banners and make history!
Rally and March are at Bixby Park Bandshell, 2nd and Junipero, Long Beach.
The Rally will begin at 7:00 PM at Bixby Park on Friday, May 15th, 2015. Sponsors are Hot Stuff, The Lesbian News and Hot Java.
The Rally will be opened by the band Beachtown Poets at 6:30PM.
This year second Vice Mayor and 2nd District Councilmember, Dr. Suja Lowenthal will welcome the women to her district. Charlotte Laws will speak next; she recently spoke out nationally against prejudice and hatred and authored the “Intolerant Jackass Act” to counter the hate from the “shoot the gays” initiative. Local leaders will be speaking as well including Vanessa Romain who has been featured in two films about hate and prejudice and Keynote Speaker Jinx Beers who founded the Lesbian News in 1975; this publication is still alive and well today published by Ella Matthes.
After the Rally and March is The After Party. It’s breast cancer benefit with all the proceeds going to the Los Angeles Pink Dragons here in Naples. The Pink Dragons are breast cancer survivors and a diverse group of women who have come together to support one another in the pursuit of health through dragon boat racing.
The After Party will rock with live music from the Doll Parts. The Doll Parts bring the 90's back from the dead with an un-tethered stage show and the pumping fierceness of Dolls Gone Wild.
There will be information tables for women including GYN doctors from Complete Women Care, legal help from Long Beach Law, Veterans information, Social Meet up groups, healthy living information with La Dolce Vita Spa.
One very special table will be with Kari Barba and her Outer Limits Tattoo studio. Kari practices areola reconstruction and related tattoos, for those who have undergone breast cancer surgery. This aspect of her profession is very important work and immensely helpful to women surviving breast cancer. Thank you Kari for the great work you do!
Sponsors are Lola’s, The Social List, Budweiser, Long Beach Law, The Patio, So Many Women So Little Time, Ambrosia Restaurant, Outer Limits and Roberta Nieto Sculpture.
Donated item for the free raffle include Sasha’s Living with Style, The Queen Mary, The Aquarium of the Pacific, La Dolce Vita, Complete Women’s Care, Long Beach Law and PetAlert.US.
Ambrosia is located at 1923 E. Broadway, Long Beach (at Broadway and Cherry). Doors open at 8PM. No cover.
Ambrosia is directly across the street from the park where the Rally is being held and the park has lots of parking.
Ambrosia is offering some great food specials just for us for the night so come hungry.
Beachtown Poets Band Starts at 6:30PM
Rally Starts at 7:00PM
March Steps off at 7:30PM
The After Party Doors open at 8:00PM