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Dykes Rule!
 

(June 24, Toronto)  Dykes Ruled at Toronto's Gay and Lesbian Pride celebrations on Saturday.

On location
With 365gay.com
Under grey skies and threatened rain throughout the afternoon, thousands of lesbians marched through the city's Gay Village.

Led by Dykes On Trykes, a lesbian motorcycle group, women representing all walks of life and all ages showed their power within the gay community.

It did not go unnoticed by the gay men lining the streets.  The majority of civil rights won over the past ten years have been initiated and fought by lesbians:  Spousal benefits on both the provincial and federal level, breakthroughs in adoption laws, and a long list of other achievements.

This was the fifth Dyke March and by far the biggest with floats and loads of music.

While the rain held out during the day, Saturday evening, the showers arrived.  But a little rain wasn't about to dampen the spirit.  Nearly four thousand gays and lesbians packed into the Canadian National Exhibition grounds for an all night party that included singer Cindy Lauper and fireworks.

In the Village, long lines waited in the rain to get into the several dozen clubs.

But, the big day is Sunday when 750,000 people will jam the streets of downtown Toronto for the 20th annual Pride Parade.