1976. The first, courageous women rushed their motorcycles to the front of the Gay Freedom Day march. The SF Chronicle called them "Dykes on Bikes". And a movement was born.
It's now 2021 and we are celebrating our 45th anniversary. We've expanded with chapters across the United States and around the world. We've litigated our way to the Supreme Court of the United States of America not once, but twice, in an effort to protect the name "dykes on bikes" for non-profit use in the LGBTQ+ community.
We have a story to tell. We have made herstory and our story should be accessible to anyone seeking to know more about the Dykes on Bikes and the culture of lesbian and queer pride we have embodied over the past 5 decades.
We are being guided on this journey by interdiciplinary Artist, Scholar, self-proclaimed Moto-nerd, and SFDOB Emeritus Patch-holder Sheila Malone, Ph.D.
Dr. Malone researches the intersections of gender, technology, performance, and motorcycles. They are the editor of The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies and their documentary films SF Dykes on Bikes and Annie Sprinkle's Amazing World of Ogasm have been shown all over the world. You can read more about Dr. Malone's work here.