Highlighting issues such as disparities in heath care, equal pay and hiring opportunities, Long Beach women will take to the streets Friday, May 15 in the 3rd Annual Rally and Dyke March.
The goal of the march is to increase lesbian visibility and support the rights of all women regardless of labels, including bisexual and transgender women, according to the event’s organizers. The brainchild of Artful Thinking Organization (ATO), a local nonprofit, the first Long Beach Dyke March took place in 2013 with marriage-equality activist Robin Tyler leading it, with over 400 attendees, according to organizers.
This year, Vice Mayor and 2nd District Councilmember Dr. Suja Lowenthal will welcome the women to her district. Charlotte Laws, who recently spoke out nationally against prejudice and authored the “Intolerant Jackass Act” to counter the hate from the “Shoot the Gays” initiative, will also speak. Additional speakers will include Vanessa Romain, who has been featured in two films about hate and prejudice, and keynote speaker Jinx Beers, who founded the publication Lesbian News in 1976.
The rally will begin at 7pm at Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave., on Friday, May 15 and be opened by the band Beachtown Poets at 6:30pm.
After the rally and march will be The After Party, a breast-cancer benefit with all the proceeds going to the Los Angeles Pink Dragons, breast-cancer survivors and a diverse group of women who have come together to support one another in the pursuit of health through dragonboat racing.
The After Party will feature live music from the Doll Parts, who specialize in 90’s music.
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, and healthy-living information from La Dolce Vita Spa.
Also featured will be tattooist Kari Barba and her Outer Limits Tattoo studio. Barba practices areola reconstruction and related tattoos for those who have undergone breast-cancer surgery.