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June is LGBT Awareness Month


 

June is Gay and Lesbian Pride Month (or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, or LGBT Month), and while Michigan has yet to get on the gay marriage bandwagon, there are still opportunities for you to support the community and get involved.

The first annual Southeast Michigan Dyke March starts this Friday, June 5 in Ferndale, MI at 2:00 p.m. According to their website, the march was designed to promote "visibility and inclusion of lesbians, transgendered individuals, bisexuals, and others in the queer community." The founders of this march believe that while the word "dyke" may be offensive, using it to promote a positive cause can be empowering and help to promote the visibility they are looking to achieve. Sounds good, right? 

If you want to get involved, the march starts at 2:00 p.m. on June 5th in Ferndale. It starts on the service drive on the north side of West 9 mile and will be followed by a rally at Geary Park featuring entertainment and presentations related to LGBT interest. 

There is more going on once the march is over, too. Starting in mid-June there will be an "Open Myke" (may I suggest changing the name to Dyke Myke? I know, I'm witty) at Five15 in Royal Oak. The event takes place every Monday starting June 14 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Come as a performer or spectator. Performers are encouraged to sing a song, read a poem, tell jokes, whatever you'd like to do in the name of supporting the LGBT community. It's open to all ages and there is a suggested $5 donation. 

To keep up to date on LGBT events in the Detroit area, visit their website www.semidykemarch.org where you'll find information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and a way to make a secure donation to the organization. 

Comments

  • Frank 4 years ago

    This is a disgusting waste of time. Do you see heterosexuals having "walks" or gatherings proclaiming their sexuality?? NO! Who cares what you believe/do. Just do it and shut up about it! I think I'll organize a heterosexuals only group, walk through town kissng my wife, holding a sign that says "I love boobs"! I'm tired of this crap being shoved down our throats. NO ONE CARES! Go do something productive instead!!

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    The reason that LGBT people--or any minority in the United States for that matter--should and needs to have rallies and marches is that they do not have the same civil rights as the White Christian Majority. It is the same reason that African Americans needed to march during the Civil Rights Movement. It may seem like a waste of time to you, but to those struggling with inclusion as a viable part of society, it means the world.
    If you would like to have a WASP march, then do it. But what are you marching for?

  • sarah 3 years ago

    frank,
    you dont see heterosexual walks or gatherings because heterosexuals arent fighting for their rights. we have walks and gatherings to bring awarreness to the fact that we cant legally get married to the people we love. how would you feel if people spit on you and opressed you for loving your wife? would you stop loving her? no you probably wouldnt. you would be angry and hurt and wish people would understand.

    if you would like to take the time to organize a group some people realize how much you love your wife that is WONDERFUL more power to you. all we are asking is for the same respect. to us thhis is productive we are fighting for the right to one day be recognized by the federal government as married, whether it be two men, two women, or a man and a woman.

    noone wants to take away the rights of your marriage, we would just like those same rights to be extended to everyone.

    <3

  • Robert 4 years ago

    Seriously though, where is Heterosexual Pride Month? Having one without the other smacks of sexual discrimination and inequality. Quite Disappointing.

  • Mandy 4 years ago

    It's hardly being shoved down your throat, no one is asking you to do anything you don't want to do.

  • Mandy 4 years ago

    Also, if you guys want a heterosexual pride month/march/walk/whatever, why don't you organize it yourself? Do something for your "cause" instead of sitting on Examiner and writing comments about it.

  • nisha 4 years ago

    its because the heterosexuals are not being murdered or discriminated against for their sexuality if you were in our shoes then you wouldn't be talking a heterosexual march. nobody is forcing you to support anything you don't want to it is a free country if you don't like it keep your mouth shut they will march with or without you. So your opinion really doesn't make a difference , it just shows your ignorance.

  • Julie 3 years ago

    everyone is entitled to their own opinion, remember that. but spreading hate is not ok. its one thing to say you dont agree, but its something completely different to say you hate an entire group of people because of their actions/beliefs. i personally support the gay rights movement, i am a happily married heterosexual woman with children, and it would be selfish of me to think it was only acceptable for heterosexual marriages. my marriage has brought me so much love and happiness, that i belive everyone should have the right to feel.

    i know that two men getting married will not deminish my marriage. and if you do not know that, then maybe you should spend time working on your marriage rather than condemning those who only want the same love and happiness that i feel every day waking up next to my husband.

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