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?
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.