This year we are thrilled to announce that Orgullo en Acción (OEA) and the Chicago Dyke March Collective (CDMC) will partner-for the first time-as they bring the Dyke March to the Humboldt Park community for the first of two years. The 2014 Dyke March will kick-off at Roberto Clemente High School on the southeast corner of Western and Division at 3:30pm and march west down Division street to the boat house in Humboldt Park, (address). The Latina/o PRIDE Picnic, which has been held in the community for almost 10 years will be the ending point for the Dyke March rally and picnic from 4pm-7pm, which will incorporate elements that have made both events a tradition in the LGBTQ community.
“We are honored to march in Humboldt Park and celebrate its strong history of resistance and presence of dyke, queer, bisexual, and trans folks”, shared Mayadet Patitucci Cruz, CDMC member. “We are excited to support and march alongside the many organizations, community members, and spaces that work hard to bring forward the challenges and needs of dyke, queer, bisexual, transgender, lesbian and gay community, which Orgullo en Acción has been supporting in community for years.”
“We are excited to bring our diverse community together and celebrate all the beautiful things that make us who we are with Dyke March,” exclaimed Dulce Quintero, OEA board member. “The Latino PRIDE Picnic grew out of a grassroots initiative and continues to stay true to creating a space where LGBTQ-GNC Latina/os and their allies of all ages can celebrate their multiple identities with pride. We are committed to keeping activities that include a children’s play area, community art project, grilling, main stage performances, dancing and community building.”
Humboldt Park represents a neighborhood that holds a deep history of a community that was built by people of different nationalities, races and ethnicities. The Chicago Dyke March Collective and Orgullo en Acción are honored to celebrate in its rich history.
WE (CDMC) MOVE AND WE (OEA) STAY to create visibility to honor our histories and identities to disrupt oppression and dominance to challenge silence and fear because we are everywhere because we must survive.
The Chicago Dyke March collective continues to evolve and exist as a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience. It is an anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led, grassroots effort with a goal to bridge together communities across race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, size, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, culture, immigrant status, spirituality, and ability. We challenge fatphobia and are body positive.
Orgullo en Accion (OEA): We are Latin@ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community members working towards social and political change through education, leadership development and community building in order to increase Latin@ LGBTQQ consciousness within communities.
OEA grew out of a need to ensure a voice for the Latina/o LGBT Chicago community after the folding of LLEGO, previously a national Latina/o LGBT organization.