LITTLE VILLAGE — Those looking to support Chicago Pride away from the large crowds in Lakeview have an option in Little Village this weekend as Chicago Dyke March returns to the neighborhood for the second year.
The 22nd annual Chicago Dyke March kicks off Sunday, June 23 at Piotrowski Park, 4246 W. 31st Street, at 12 p.m. The march aims “to build on what it means for Chicago to be a sanctuary city, especially for queer and trans people of color,” according to a statement by the Chicago Dyke March Collective.
The march is “an anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led, grassroots effort with a goal to bridge together communities across race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, size, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, culture, immigrant status, spirituality, and ability,” according to the organization’s website.
In a statement, organizers announced this year’s march would be meant to “uplift the struggles of Palestinians, abroad and locally.”
“Dyke March 2018 will be a space to recognize and celebrate the resistance of oppressed people everywhere, while centering the connections between the Palestinians and those who are undocumented,” according to the statement.
Last year’s march garnered attention following a clash between attendees and pro-Israel marchers.
Following the march, organizers issued a statement clarifying the circumstances surrounding the incident on the organization’s website.
In 1996, the first Chicago Dyke March was held in Lakeview as an alternative to “corporate, white male-dominated Chicago Pride Parade, and build dyke visibility.”
A list of post-march events can be found here.