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Portraits From Dyke Day
It was a hot summer afternoon at Elysian Park but it was one of those days that was so life-affirming and fun that it didn’t matter how warm it was. In Los Angeles, it’s easy to feel like you’re surrounded by strangers everywhere you go, but at Dyke Day the vibe was friendly and welcoming. Everyone said hello and wished you a happy pride, whether you had ever met them before or not. 
 
It’s easy to feel cynical about Pride because of how corporate it’s become, but that is why I love Dyke Day — it’s free, there’s no $30 cover, and everyone is welcome regardless of how you may identify. Plus, it’s one of the only Pride events that centers women. 
 
Here are some of the beautiful people and moments captured from that day.
 

Yezmin Villarreal 

Yezmin Villarreal is the former news editor for The Advocate. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles TimesMic, LA WeeklyOut Magazine and The Fader.

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