You Should Go: Dyke March NYC Photoshoot

Carmen’s Team Pick:

We all know Sunday is my favorite day of the week. But this Sunday, well — this Sunday will be even more special than the last! This Sunday, I’m packing my bags and going to New York City, and almost 50% of the reason why is the Dyke March Photoshoot.

Dyke March NYC is holding a photoshoot this Sunday, May 20th, at 1 PM in Prospect Park in anticipation of the actual Dyke March. A “real photographer” (to the best of my knowledge, not Robin, but what can you do really) will be taking photos there, and if you’re the dykiest of all the dykes hoping to later march in dykedom like a superdyke at Dyke March with your dyke friends, they’ll even pick your picture for their “Every Dyke is a Hero Campaign,” and then put your face on a postcard to celebrate the New York march’s 20th year. It’s all going down on Sunday – and oh, what a fun day it could be.

(Plus, the tagline on this event invitation in my inbox is “we’re makin’ you famous!,” and I know you can never go wrong with a promise like that.)

If you haven’t heard of the Dyke March, just know that whether the number is 15,000, 20,000, or 163 – a lot of dykes in one place is a good place. The Dyke March movement began in 1993, and was organized by the Lesbian Avengers (read our Herstory on the Lesbian Avengers!). It was based in Washington, DC and took place during the March on Washington. Later that year, in June, the first Dyke March NYC would occur.

Dyke Marches occur each year all over the world, and they’re all equally badass in mission:

The Dyke March is a protest march, not a parade — we don’t ask for a permit, because we have the right to protest.  We recognize that we must organize amongst ourselves to fight for our rights, our safety, and for visibility.  Thousands of dykes take over the streets every year in celebration of LBTQ women and to protest against ongoing discrimination, harassment, and anti-LBTQ violence in schools, on the job, in our families, and on the streets.

Photo by Cara Howe

Even if you can’t make it to the photoshoot, be sure to show up at the actual march on Saturday, June 23. Stay involved online via the website, Facebook, and Twitter – or just your super lesbian friends.

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. carmen the answer to your questions is BATTLESHIP, everybody will be at BATTLESHIP.

  2. it just so happens that i will be in the NYC metropolitan area this weekend so WHO KNOWS

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