Dykes on Bikes (DOB) is a club of mostly lesbian motorcycle clubs from around the world which includes:
- The Sirens of New York City
- Dykes on Bikes in Portland Oregon
- Women’s Motorcycle Contingent in San Francisco California
Dykes on Bikes are well known for their appearances in gay pride funtions such as LGBT Pride parades, Lesbian & Dyke Marches and important LGBT events like the International Gay Games.
Originally Dykes on Bikes were most likely put at the front of the Gay Pride parade for many different reasons and continue to remain as an important symbol of LGBT pride, defiance, liberation and empowerment.
The individual groups are strongly independent and self dependent in the DIY and feminist traditions. These groups have been studied as a social phenomenon as a “challenging, multi faceted form of consumption related cultural resistance that builds an awareness of social bigotry and discursively informs social meaning in daily life outside yearly events.”
Dykes on Bikes together with drag queens and other LGBT sterotypes have been bashed for not giving a more positive image in the LGBT community. Allies have mentioned that they continue to play a highly positive role and will not conform to mainstream society gender roles.
On Novemeber 13 of 2006 Dykes on Bikes finally win the battle to trademark the name after a 3 year struggle with the United States patent office. Congratulations
Dykes on Bikes Exhibit Tour with Glenne McElhinney, Courtesy of glbthistory. Thank you