I just wanted to answer some questions, clarify a few things, and do some rumor control before I re-post this Sunday Dyke March announcement.
The two main organizers of the Sunday Dyke March have been organizing the (Saturday) Dyke March for 9 years and 4 years respectively. We did that within the organized group The Lesbian Avengers, which teetered off into (virtual) non-existence (as in the only direct action we did in the last three years or so was/is the dyke march). So when we decided to make the Dyke March happen on Sunday, we decided to drop the name Lesbian Avengers (it seemed a little in vain to use that name when the LA history is so radical yet the Portland chapter was effectively dead) ... and we also had no idea that anyone would get a permit for a Saturday March. But apparently they did! And it seems from the website and postings on craigslist, they do indeed have a permit, but i haven't seen anything reliable in willamette Week or the mercury or any flyers...- perhaps there will be more info in just out?
An important clarification: Queer Revolution is helping us with some security, and they are having their own parade alongside ours, but in fact QR is not "planning the sunday march" - two former avengers are! QR and and the Sunday Dyke March organizers have been networking a lot, and please look out for info about QR's alternative to pride (free dancing, free food, free games, etc.) at the Sunday March. A great way to celebrate queerness without paying/begging for it. Should be a blast.
To two Dyke Marches, I personally say FUCK YEAH! If the Saturday DM organizers are starting up a new chapter of the Lesbian Avengers, I also say FUCK YEAH! To everyone who wants to be in / support both marches, an extra big FUCK YEAH!
- SB from the Sunday DM "committee"
The Portland Dyke March this year will happen WITHOUT A PERMIT. We will be marching from O'Bryant Square in downtown Portland via a TBA route towards the big Pride march.
The organizers of the Dyke March wish to commemorate the legacy of the Stonewall riots over 35 years ago with a march with a radical message:
∑ We honor the role of all queers, especially working-class queers and trans people who have made major contributions to queer rights but who have to fight twice as hard for visibility and voice in the GLBTQ community.
∑ We will set the terms for our own visibility. We do not need a city permit for this. We will not pay an insurance company $300 to insure our march (as most marches in Portland that go awry are due to police brutality/intimidation in the first place). We will not use a corporate sponsor to pay for our visibility.
The Dyke March, as always, is open to all genders and sexualities in the huge spectrum of queerness.
The Dyke March will be joined by the group Queer Revolution, whose parade will be marching alongside us. We are very happy to be working with them!