Official Announcement

Dear Community, 
It is with our deepest love and respect that the Chicago Dyke March Collective is excited to announce that the 2014 Chicago Dyke March on June 28th will be in Humboldt Park. We look forward to celebrating and supporting the visibility of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender folk throughout the neighborhood. Further announcements regarding the route and details will be released soon. 
We are honored to march in Humboldt Park and celebrate its strong history of resistance and continue to celebrate and promote the visibility of a neighborhood with a strong presence of dyke, queer, bisexual, and trans folks. 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.
We recognize that Humboldt Park represents a neighborhood that holds a deep history of a community that was built by folks and immigrants of different nationalities and races. We are honored to celebrate the rich history of Humboldt Park and the Puerto Rican community that has had and continues to have a deep presence in Humboldt Park, alongside many other Latino communities in the neighborhood. 
We acknowledge the changes and struggles that have carved the past and present of Humboldt Park as a neighborhood whose essence is one of resilience, and challenging oppression. We are in solidarity with the complex history of Division Street and respect those who have fought in the struggle and marched before us.
Humboldt Park, like other Chicago neighborhoods that historically have had a strong presence of people of color, has been and continues to be affected by issues such as gentrification, access to affordable housing, education, and youth homelessness. Humboldt Park, remains a community of folks, activist organizations, and grassroots organizing that strongly resist, advocate and challenge these struggles. We seek to support those in the struggle who are working to reclaim Paseo Boricua. 
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.

“WE MOVE

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”

- Chicago Dyke March Collective 2008

We also encourage people to do their own research and learning, particularly when attempting to be allies to the various segments of our community. If you have any comments your self about the process, vocabulary, inclusiveness, etc, we encourage you to ask questions, respect others, respect anyone else’s right to self determination. As always feel free to email us dykemarchchicago@gmail.com if you have any questions or are interested in volunteer or further information.

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Thanks to our fabulous volunteers! We walked the route and did trouble shooting together. Gonna be great!

We had a successful second Dyke March Dinner at Hai Yen and Tank Noodle. Thanks for everyone who came out! Great conversations; and even better friends! Here’s a few photos so far.

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We had approximately 35 people attend the annual Chicago Dyke March Community Forum on Tuesday, May 28. This year, we co-organized with Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago and discussed immigration, race, sexuality, and community. Thank you to everyone who attended! Here’s a few photos.

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