London Dyke March Will Pay Homage To Suffragette Movement

This year’s march in London will model its route after the Suffragettes march through London in 1908, better known as the “Votes for Women Rally.”

1. The Lesbian Pride Festival and Dyke March will return to the UK for the second year running.

2. Last year, nearly 800 participants marched through London. It was the first official Dyke March there in over 20 years.

3. Organizer Emelia Holdaway hopes that this year’s march will draw even greater numbers.

Their website states, “We welcome all dykes, lesbians, bois, queers, andros, femmes, butches, inbetweenies, lipstick lesbians, leather dykes, dandies, drag kings, bisexuals, transwomen and their allies to join us at Dyke March London.” Speakers for the event have yet to be announced.

4. This year’s route will commemorate the “Votes for Women” Rally in 1908.

The Suffragettes marched the same way through London to Hyde Park in what became known as the “Votes For Women” Rally. The event will begin at 3pm in Berkeley Square, moving on to Piccadilly and Leicester Square before arriving in Soho.

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5. Images from the Suffragette movement in London:

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A police officer tries to remove a Suffragette from the railings outside Buckingham Palace, during a Suffragette demonstration in London.

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A flag carrier and two mounted marshalls (riding astride) in a suffragette march through London in support of the Women’s Suffrage Bill, June 1910.

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A suffragette recovers after fainting in police custody following a raid on Buckingham Palace.

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12. Participating in the march is free, but a lesbian documentary event is being held to raise funds:

Learn more about the march here.

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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