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GLBT Historical Society Hosts Exhibit and Event Series with DYKES ON BIKES®

by Glenne McElhinney
An exhibition celebrating the mythic place DYKES ON BIKES® holds at the forefront of the annual SF Pride Parade, and in the hearts of millions of people all over the world as an inspirational symbol of queer pride and lesbian power.
DYKES ON BIKES® powerfully embodies how lesbians have stood at the forefront of queer pride for 30 years. The exhibit "30 Years at the Forefront," hosted by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, uses a significant anniversary to look back and commemorate this anchor SF institution that has become internationally renowned. The exhibit also looks forward and celebrates the landmark legal victory DYKES ON BIKES® recently won, securing full ownership over its name.

The gala opening reception will be held at the GLBT Historical Society (657 Mission Street #300 in San Francisco) on May 15th. There will also be a Pride week reception, several panel discussions, and a Soda & Beer Bust (see complete event schedule below).

The "30 Years at the Forefront" exhibit invites the general public to revel in the mythic power of DYKES ON BIKES®. Exhibit attendees can even get a feel for riding in the famed contingent by hopping on a motorcycle surrounded by the sights and sounds of past parades. Along with the fun, the exhibit also offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the organization’ s ride down a 30-year road: its history, mission, structure, annual event production, and international reach.

The exhibit also hopes to spur past and present members of DYKES ON BIKES® to collectively remember and celebrate their history, and in so doing locate and archive otherwise uncollected memorabilia, documents, photographs, and artifacts of the organization’ s last 30 years.

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EXHIBIT EVENT SCHEDULE (all events held at the GLBT Historical Society -- 657 Mission Street #300 in San Francisco -- unless otherwise noted):

May 15th, Thursday Opening Reception, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

May 17th, Saturday Pre-Eagle Soda & Beer Bust Ride-By, 1:00-3:00
(Soda & Beer Bust @ the Eagle, 3:00-6:00)

June 12th, Thursday “30 Years of a Ride,” panel discussion, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

June 26th, Thursday Pride Week Reception, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

July 12th, Saturday Closing Reception and “We Own It,” panel discussion of the landmark trademark victory legal case, 2:00-4:00 p.m.


About the GLBT Historical Society – The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender Historical Society (GLBTHS) collects, preserves, and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. The GLBT Historical Society galleries are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 1:00pm-5:00pm. The galleries are closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit

About DYKES ON BIKES® - DYKES ON BIKES® is an organization committed to creating a local, national and international community of women motorcyclists and friends of women motorcyclists. Its mission is to support philanthropic endeavors in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and women's communities and beyond, and to reach out to empower a community of diverse women through rides, charity events, Pride events and education. For more information, visit
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