For 10 years the organizers of Dyke Day have carved a space amid the glitz and excitement of LA Pride weekend for a more DIY—and inclusive—celebration.
The annual picnic, held on the Saturday of Pride weekend, was launched as a response to WeHo’s big event. The individuals behind the first Dyke Day felt they weren’t seeing themselves reflected in the larger, more commercial celebration and set out to create something representing the diversity of the LGBT community.
“We are very conscious of including trans and queer [people] and queer and trans people of color in our space,” says organizer Vanessa Craig.
Dyke Day has grown from a small get-together to an all-day alfresco fete for queer individuals, families and allies. This year, festivities move to a leafy new home at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park in Montecito Heights.
The volunteer-run party, funded entirely by donations and benefit events, has developed an identity as more than just a scrappy alternative to LA Pride. It focuses on building a strong grassroots community from the (park) ground up.
Dyke Day LA takes place June 10 at noon at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. Free.
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