Friday, July 22, 2011 pic2011-07-22

This is a march by and for queer women and trans people1, that seeks to not only celebrate our identities, but to challenge continued oppressions, particularly gendered oppression2, experienced within our diverse communities. This march is open to our allies of all identities and orientations. We are an alternative to the Pride Parade. We offer a political space for people within queer communities who are marginalized by corporate Pride and by the commercialization of “gay identity.” We seek to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space, therefore we choose to operate independently of the police.

Organized by: Jaime Mary Burnet, Rory Corn, Rena Kulczycki, Michelle Malette, MaryKathrynArnold?, Nixon Hughes, Jordan Roberts, Jacqueline Vincent, Owen Johnstone, Maddox Elliot Greene, Liz Markman, Rebecca Rose, Andrew Jantzen, Shay Enxuga, Elizabeth Malette

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1. “Queer women and trans people” here includes dyke, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, pansexual, omnisexual, asexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, bigender, genderqueer, and Two Spirit people
2. “Gendered oppression” refers to patriarchal social constructs and the gender binary