The Vancouver Dyke March and Festival announced today (July 8) that Black Lives Matter Vancouver will be the grand marshal for their 13th annual march.
The VDMF issued a statement explaining why they chose BLM Vancouver:
“In light of recent events in Orlando and Toronto, we believe it is more important than ever to ensure that queer spaces in Vancouver are open and welcoming to trans, queer, and allied Black, Indigenous folks and people of colour. The Dyke March is committed to striving for inclusivity and accountability to all members and allies of our community and we are proud to have Black Lives Matter Vancouver leading the march with us this year.”
The VDMF board is seeking to establish solidarity with queer people of colour.
“As a white queer person I have experienced marginalization, and I think that experience should open our eyes, and hearts, to the even greater marginalization of queer folks of colour,” VDMF board member Christine Osgood stated. “Black Lives Matter has been instrumental in bringing that conversation to the forefront of this year’s Pride celebrations.”