WEST HOLLYWOOD — Women will take to the West Hollywood streets Friday for the annual Dyke March.
The rally will start at 7 p.m. at the Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial, and the march will begin at 7:45 p.m. A protest sign making workshop with all materials provided will begin at 6 p.m.
The goal of the march, which is hosted by the City of West Hollywood, is to increase lesbian visibility, including bisexual and transgender women.
In the past, marchers have protested disparities in health, pay and equal opportunities. Those topics are still relevant and will remain at the forefront. Don’t be surprised if marchers also voice their disapproval of Pres. Donald Trump.
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Speakers include host Gloria Bigelow, Angela Brinskele from the June Mazer Lesbian Archives, and transgender activist Michaela Mendelsohn, the grand marshal of the LA Pride Parade, which takes place Sunday.
The first dyke march in the United States took place in Washington, D.C. on April 24, 1993, and was attended by more than 20,000 women. It coincided with the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation.
The march was intended as a woman-only event, organized by the Lesbian Avengers who encouraged gay, bisexual and straight men, as well as other supporters, to cheer from the sidelines.
Marches also have taken place in San Francisco, New York and West Hollywood.
Dyke marches usually take place the Friday or Saturday before pride parades.