Feels like the first time

This June, Sacramento’s GLBT community will hold a brand new event in celebration of Pride Week: the first ever Dyke March. At 6:30 p.m. on June 15, a rally at the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center (formerly the Lambda Center), 1927 L Street, will kick off a march to the state Capitol. A program there will include comments from Jean Adams of Equality California and Freddie Oakley, the Yolo County clerk-recorder, as well as a performance by the musical group True Colors Womens Chorus.

Oakley made news in February when she issued “certificates of inequality” to same-sex couples who applied unsuccessfully for marriage licenses in Yolo County. Opponents of same-sex marriage responded by protesting outside Oakley’s office and her church.

Dyke marches are a long held tradition in many major cities during June. San Francisco’s Dyke March, one of the largest, is in its 15th year.

According to organizer Kati Garner, the idea for a Sacramento march “just popped up” at a Women on Wednesdays discussion. Organizers hope, according to Garner, “for a good turnout and a chance for women to connect and have a good time.” For more information, call WOW at (916) 442-0185 x107.