3rd Annual Dyke March and Rally May 15

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On Friday evening, May 15, 2015 Long Beach women will take to the streets in Long Beach’s 3rd Annual Rally and Dyke March.

The goal of a Dyke March is to increase lesbian visibility and support the rights of all women regardless of labels, including bisexual and transgender women. Disparities in heath care, equal pay and hiring opportunities are some of the issues highlighted.

In 2013, some community members put their heads together and decided it was time for Long Beach to have a Dyke March, as well. The brainchild of Artful Thinking Organization (ATO) a local non-profit, the first Long Beach Dyke March took place in 2013 with Marriage Equality activist Robin Tyler leading the March and over 400 attendees.

In 2014, author and activist Jeanne Cordova was slated be the keynote speaker and inspire the crowd at the rally that precedes the March. Lambda Legal’s Jenny Pizer stepped up and rallied the crowd into the March.

This year second Vice Mayor and 2nd District Councilmember, Dr. Suja Lowenthal will welcome the women to her district. Charlotte Laws will speak next; she recently spoke out nationally against prejudice and hatred and authored the “Intolerant Jackass Act” to counter the hate from the “shoot the gays” initiative. Local leaders will be speaking as well including Vanessa Romain who has been featured in two films about hate and prejudice and Keynote Speaker Jinx Beers who founded the Lesbian News in 1976; this publication is still alive and well today published by Ella Matthes.

The Rally will begin at 7:00 PM at Bixby Park on Friday, May 15th, 2015. Sponsors are Hot Stuff, The Lesbian News and Hot Java.

The Rally will be opened by the band Beachtown Poets at 6:30PM.

After the Rally and March is The After Party. It’s breast cancer benefit with all the proceeds going to the Los Angeles Pink Dragons. The Pink Dragons are breast cancer survivors and a diverse group of women who have come together to support one another in the pursuit of health through dragon boat racing.

The After Party will rock center stage with live music from the Doll Parts. The Doll Parts bring the 90’s back from the dead with an un-tethered stage show and the pumping fierceness of Dolls Gone Wild.

Surrounding the stage will be information tables for women including GYN doctors from Complete Women Care, legal help from Long Beach Law, Veterans information, Social Meet up groups, healthy living information with La Dolce Vita Spa.

One very special table will be with Kari Barba and her Outer Limits Tattoo studio. Kari practices areola reconstruction and related tattoos, for those who have undergone breast cancer surgery. This aspect of her profession is very important work and immensely helpful to women surviving breast cancer. Thank you Kari for the great work you do!

Sponsors are Lola’s, The Social List, Budweiser, Long Beach Law, The Patio, So Many Women So Little Time, 4th and Olive, Outer Limits and Roberta Nieto Sculpture.

Donated item for the free raffle include Sasha’s Living with Style, The Queen Mary, The Aquarium of the Pacific, La Dolce Vita, Complete Women’s Care and PetAlert.US.

The After Party will be held at 743 E. 4th street in Long Beach. Doors open at 8PM. $1 cover. $1 and $2 drinks.

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