History of the Dyke March

Lesbians march in a Pride paradeBY KATHY BELGE
LesbianLife at About.com

Every June since the Stonewall riots of 1969, gays and lesbians have taken to the streets for Gay Pride Parades. Gays and lesbians marched side by side, but often the lesbians felt overshadowed by their male brethren. Then came the Lesbian Avengers.

The Lesbian Avengers were founded in 1992 in New York City as a lesbian direct-action group. The Lesbian Avengers were known for their street theater and in-your-face activism. Lesbians would often “eat fire” at their demonstrations as a symbol of taking power back from those who attempt to destroy us.

Humor is often a part of the Lesbian Avenger tactic. One chant, which is in direct response to those who claim gays and lesbians “recruit” young people went like this: “Ten Percent is not enough…Recruit! Recruit! Recruit!”

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