1) WHAT ARE DYKE WEEKENDS?
Dyke Weekends (DWEs) are a staple of Japanese lesbian life and have been taking place for more than 30 years at Musashi-ranzan in Saitama. The events provide a fun and mutually empowering space for lesbians and bisexual women—both Japanese as well as numerous other nationalities—to come together and share ideas, build new friendships and strengthen community. The semi-annual weekends, whose roots lie in the lesbian feminist movement of the 1970s, feature workshops, sports, great food, legendary after-parties, and more.
2) I’M A LESBIAN/BI/QUEER TRANS* WOMAN, CAN I COME?
YES! Trans women really do belong here. Trans women who identify as lesbian, bi or queer have attended past Dyke Weekends already and are most welcome. We recognize that lesbian/bi/queer trans women face even more discrimination than female-born lesbian/bi/queer women, so we want to contribute to the dismantling of prejudice and discrimination, in the world and especially within the queer community. Baby steps 🙂
3) CAN MY CIS MALE FRIEND COME? HE’S TOTALLY A FEMINIST AND TOTALLY GAY/QUEER!
No. Seeing the history of Dyke Weekend and the dearth of lesbian and queer-women’s spaces, we organize DWE for women who love women. That being said, any queer friendly individual is welcome to the barbecue — gay or straight, male or female-identified, or anything in between or outside those boxes.
4) CAN MY STRAIGHT BEST FRIEND COME? SHE’S SUCH AN AMAZING QUEER ALLY!
No. (See above)
5) CAN MY BI-CURIOUS FRIEND COME?
Yes. The weekend is open to all people who identify as being attracted to women, including those who are just beginning to explore such feelings and may not have yet acted on them.