Photo Credit: Connor Radnovich
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic individually and as a community has been heartfelt. And while our rides have been limited, the San Francisco Dykes on Bikes® (SFDOB) Women’s Motorcycle Contingent Board of Directors have continued to meet remotely and accomplished important objectives for our organization. With COVID-19 still limiting activities with large crowds, including the annual LGBTQ+ Pride Parade, we are looking at changing how we as SFDOB and our supporters participate and contribute during this year’s LGBTQ+ Pride season.
Our efforts over the past year included re-visiting our chapter process to streamline the process for interested applicants and continue to engage with our legal team, led by Brooke Oliver at 50 Balmy Law to draft new agreements that provide clarity around the use of the name Dykes on Bikes by approved chapters. Brook and team have continued to pursue intellectual property and trademarks to ensure that the wordmark Dykes on Bikes, logo and other intellectual property is protected for use within our community, having secured registrations in the European Union and England and pending approval in Canada of Dykes on Bikes for use in non-profit education, parade, and certain material goods. Lastly, we’ve engaged, both through action and financial support, social justice movements. In a year of lean fundraising, we were proud to make a donation to the Marsha P. Johnson foundation which will support their organization’s work specifically within the Black Trans community.
This year, we will finalize the new chapter agreements and look to welcome in an official capacity our fellow riders and newest chapter in the Rhein-Weser region of Germany. And, as we celebrate our 45th anniversary (!), we are excited to begin an archive project. Under the direction and guidance of Emeritus Patchholder Dr. Sheila Malone, the archives will preserve and make accessible the Dykes on Bikes® history for all those from the past, present, and future.
The past year has changed our fundraising model, which not only brings visibility to the SFDOB but usually helps us raise about $5,000 annually across various fundraising activities. Those funds are used by our organization to support operating expenses, help us execute on the important work protecting the use of the trademarked name Dykes on Bikes® for non-profit work in the LGBTQ+ community in the U.S. and abroad. We are hopeful that as we transition into a new model of fundraising and community building that we will experience increased inclusivity for all that wish to be a part of the worldwide movement that is Dykes on Bikes®.
Although we can’t participate in our traditional fundraisers and community gatherings, the Pink Saturday Party and the Pride Parade again this year, we look to new opportunities for visibility, including GIVE OUT DAY.
Give OUT Day is a month-long fundraising campaign culminating on June 30th, the only national day of giving for the LGBTQ+ community. Give OUT Day has helped hundreds of nonprofits raise millions of dollars since 2013.
Thank you for this opportunity to share this special new fundraising program. We hope you will consider donating via the link below.