Philadelphia Dyke March supporters will gather at 3 p.m. June 9 at Kahn Park at 11th and Pine streets for a rally, which will be followed by the annual march at 4 p.m. Marchers will this year embark on a new route, which will be announced at the site.
While the march was traditionally limited to women-identified participants in years past, PDM organizers this year sought more inclusion.
“We want to get as many people who are allies to march with us in solidarity,” said organizer Morgan Levine. “Having the presence of all communities creates a space for us to be more empowered. So when we all can come together for dyke empowerment, it’s a powerful thing to see.”
Levine said the event is expected to draw record numbers, with an attendance goal of 750, up from last year’s 500.
Planning for the event began in March, and support from across the LGBT community has poured in throughout the spring, Levine said.
In addition to utilizing social media like Facebook, organizers have gotten the word out and raised funds for the event with initiatives like a happy hour at Tabu and with the support of groups like Liberty City Drag Kings & Burlesque and the Philly Roller Derby Girls.
“We’ve seen great community support,” Levine said. “A lot of organizations have wanted to get involved and that’s really helped.”
A host of lesbian activists and speakers will take the stage at the rally and will be joined by live performances from poets, drag artists and musicians.
Topping this year’s entertainment lineup is Mr. Philly Gay Pride Rough Rydeher, Liberty City performers, singers Ami Verrill, Crystal Cheatham, Anessa LaRae and Cara McCartney and poet Jha D.
The official after-party will be held at Arouse at Adesso, 1519 Walnut St., from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
For more information, search Philly DykeMarch on Facebook.
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