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Chicago Dyke March Launches Emergency Mutual Aid Fund In Lieu of Annual Pride Event

Dyke March Chicago used the annual events $4,000 budget to launch a COVID-19 emergency mutual aid fund.

The 2020 Chicago Dyke March was canceled due to coronavirus, but the group launched a mutual aid fund with its budget.
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CHICAGO — The Chicago Dyke March is among the latest annual LGBTQ Pride events canceled by the coronavirus, but the event’s budget is being used to launch a COVID-19 mutual aid fund.

Dyke March Chicago announced Monday that $4,000 in funding for its grassroots alternative to corporate Pride events will instead go toward an emergency fund for Black, indigenous and queer people of color affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the group, $3,000 will go to individual people, prioritizing those who are queer, transgender, intersex, disabled or undocumented. The remaining $1,000 is for local organizations.

“We know these times are trying at every level,” the group said in an online post. “Support can look many ways, from monies, to sharing this post, to applying (if needed), to gently loving yourself and the community.”

People can donate to the mutual aid fund through its GoFundMe page. Anyone in need of assistance can apply through the Dyke March’s online form.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Boystown and Lincoln Park for Block Club Chicago.

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