Photoessay: The 2018 NYC Dyke March + Autostraddle/Everyone Is Gay All-Ages Pride Party

Saturday, during NYC Pride, Kristin Russo and Riese Bernard hosted the the 6th Annual Everyone is Gay and Autostraddle All Ages Pride Party presented by the Tegan and Sara Foundation — and IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. This event began as a response to the increasing number of alcohol-focused, corporate-driven events at many Pride celebrations across the country, and (we think) the first NYC Pride event to center queers under the age of 21.

The space was filled with so many beautiful and handsome folx looking for a little spoken word, chill music, and great banter between Kristin and Riese. There were tears and cupcakes and books and all around perfect queer vibes.

Autostraddle + Everyone Is Gay Pride Party

Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe

Here are the people who took the stage; I highly recommend you check them out! (Or, if you came to the event, here are your quick links to relive this beautiful day.)

Urban Word NYC

Julia Weldon

Emily Wells

And of course your hosts, Kristin and Riese

Who came? Who is coming next year? Who has serious FOMO because I definitely did every year until now!

Note: because this is an all ages event with no “photography will be happening” markings around the venue, I opted out of featuring attendees for their privacy. If you see yourself in a group shot and would like to be removed just let us know!

The 26th Annual Dyke March

The 26th Annual Dyke March took the streets of New York on Saturday. While it’s super fun and beautiful and filled with dancing, the march is an act of resistance and protest. It was launched as a response to pride centering white gay men (and let’s be honest that problem hasn’t entirely disappeared). Now it’s a march for self-identifying dykes to stand up for visibility, empowerment, and all marginalized voices left out of mainstream pride.

Also the folks at the front were singing “as the dykes go marching in” and I almost fainted.

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Molly Adams is an LA-based photographer. You can find documenting life from Afghanistan to Standing Rock to the LA queer nightlife. You can also find her on Instagram.

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  1. Such a fun march this year. I had a bad experience with a bigot on Friday so I went all-in this weekend and was a crazy person, running around thanking all the supporters on the sidewalks. Because I knew I’d have to come back to reality today and read the news and see new POTUS tweets and it just meant so much that people show up just to cheer us on. It was so cool and I’m glad I thought to thank folks (since, sure enough, today has been deflating).

    I was bummed that the parade got moved but I’m glad the Dyke March kept its usual route.

  2. I’m one of the original organizers of the Dyke March. Just to clarify, the march was actually founded in 1992 by the NY Lesbian Avengers. We were preparing for the national LGBT march in DC which skewed very male in all the ads and promotions. Gays in the military was the issue at the time so there were lots of images of uniformed male soldiers. That summer was the first Dyke March in NY. Though it’s required, we have never had a permit in more than 25 years.

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