On Saturday, June 27 an alternative march was organized to coincide with the San Francisco Dyke March to protest “the systematic displacement of our dyke and trans communities.” Here is a video I took of the contingent as they reclaim the traditional route of the Dyke March by crossing the police line blocking access to 18th Street in the Mission.
Here is the statement from the organizers:
Dyke March is not a parade – it is a political demonstration of critical mass.
We are planning on protesting the systematic displacement of our dyke and trans communities. We are encouraging folks to march down 18th street on the original route passing the Women’s Building and the Elbo Room the last year they put the Amelia’s sign up for us. This is bigger than the dyke march route, this is about our radical queer community.
******* This is in no way a protest against the Dyke March Committee and we are grateful for the work they put in every year. ***********
We are protesting the daily violence against QTPOC and in solidarity with the #blacklivesmatter movement.
We are protesting the growing amount of straight cis men who disrespect our radical queer space with their cameras while being inclusive of all queer identified people.
We are protesting the loss of women, dyke, trans, WOC, and queer spaces.
We are protesting the increased corruption in our City Officials and the influx of new big business in San Francisco.
Make signs! Make noise! Bake cookies! Reclaim our neighborhood!