Start it up - 2008 Seattle Dyke March
Start it up - 2008 Seattle Dyke March
by Mike Andrew - SGN Contributing Writer

The 2008 Seattle Dyke March will gather at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, at the Seattle Central Community College Plaza at Broadway and Pine Street on Seattle's Capitol Hill. After a rally featuring speakers and live music, the march will step off at 7 p.m., circle the Broadway area and return to SCCC Plaza. This year's theme is "Start it up!"

"Come out come out wherever you are!" says the call from Dyke March organizers. "Come one, come all to celebrate ourselves, flourish in our stereotypes, beat some drums, shout some chants, and celebrate our community. We want all the fabulous Dykes, Lesbians, Bisexuals, allies, Trans folks, everyone of every different race/ethnicity, different abilities, shapes, etc. to join us in the celebration."

Sandy Cioffi will be the keynote speaker at the rally, and Camille Bloom is the headline performer. Besides Cioffi and Bloom, the rally will also feature Lamar Van Dyke as emcee, Bent Writing Institute founder Tara Hardy, Jacque Larrainzar from the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Sue Hodes from Dyke Community Activists, and Lisa Cohen from the Pacific NW Lesbian Archives. ASL interpretation will be provided at the rally, and a vehicle will be provided for those with mobility issues.

Sandy Cioffi, local activist, film director, producer, cinematographer and a professor at SCCC, is perhaps best known as one of the journalists recently held hostage by Nigerian government authorities. She was in Nigeria working on a documentary on the impact of oil production on the Niger River delta which was felt to be hostile to Nigerian government interests. Cioffi has been producing documentaries and has been deeply involved in human rights organizing in global hotspots for more than a decade.

Called "Seattle's own American Idol" by Fox News, singer-songwriter Camille Bloom has been praised for her high energy and intensely personal show. Now on national tour, Bloom has shared the stage with such acts as Sugarcult, Brandi Carlile, Michelle Malone, and Mark Olson. In the last five years, she has been featured in Performing Songwriter Magazine, created the soundtrack for an HBO-sponsored documentary Not Straight Forward, was picked to be on a compilation CD with Michelle Malone and Amy Ray of Indigo Girls, and has been featured on several major commercial and college radio stations.

The Seattle Dyke March has been a local institution for 15 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dyke March has been a place for Queer women to celebrate Pride, to advocate for women and to enjoy each other's company. By tradition and the decision of Dyke March organizers, the march is for women only. Male allies are welcome to attend the rally, but they do not participate in the march around Capitol Hill. March organizers can be contacted through their website at