Sometimes I get encouraged by forward thinking of my lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. The message of Dyke March in San Diego this year — held July 12th in Balboa Park —  is one of those times where I’m proud to be a member of a broad community of subcommunities. From the Gay & Lesbian TimesLesbian community turns out for solidarity, justice; Dyke March organizers try to bridge divide between women and transgender communities:

This year’s march and festival theme was called “transcending the dichotomy” and sought to bridge the divide between the lesbian and transgender communities.

“They [transgender people] often have no place at a dyke march, but most of them have spent most of their lives as dykes,” [Shawna McIntosh, co-lead organizer of San Diego Dyke March and Festival] said, adding that “being all inclusive, transcending the dichotomy was a very important factor.”

I love what my state senator, Christine Kehoe, stated at the beginning of Dyke March:

“Today we celebrate as lesbians, as dykes, as women, because we still have a long way to go. We still know, as lesbians, as women, that things are not the way they should be. And that’s why we are here today, to spend a few minutes with our sisters thinking about how we can work together to move things forward.”

Of course, there are other reasons to go to dyke march…

“We’re here for the boobies and the free water. That’s what we’re pretty much here for. That’s what it comes down to,” said Damesha Hill, a City Heights resident.

Ah yes, the eye candy. What would a Dyke March be without the eye candy?

(What? No eye candy photos in the Gay & Lesbian Times? Damnit!)

Autumn Sandeen

Autumn Sandeen