Photo taken by Sveta Kovalchuk
LUNA RIDES are held every full moon and are STRICTLY WOMYN-IDENTIFIED ONLY! We do this for several reasons: 1. We are committed to creating a safe space by and for womyn of color. We recognize that oppression is real and its effects have created deep wounds within ourselves and our sisters. Healing is hard, but our Luna rides create a space free of judgement and hostility.
2. We are urban youth on a mission to reclaim our indigenous understanding of womyn's particular relationship to the moon. We recognize that growing up in the city, it is easy for us to forget that we are connected to Coyoxauhqui but our Luna rides are a constant reminder that we come from the earth.
3. In the safe space, we are better able to focus on themes that are pertinent to womyn of color such as sexual health and healing, reconnecting with out moon cycles, etc.
*It is important that you leave your brothers, homeboys, husbands, boyfriends's, sanchos, and non-womyn significant others at home.... Our goal is to provide a safe space and a welcoming environment for our sister/ sister-identified folx. We want you to leave with a sense of confidence and security in taking back the night!
Our ride was different in that we encouraged all people to come. It was definitely a different vibe than if we had only ridden with WTF, but everyone created a respectful space. Just look at all of these things that went well.
Cookies- They were shaped like the full moon, yous guyz!
Slow pace- We had slower riders, fat bikes and one strong mama was pulling her child in a Burley! Our easy pace was aimed at including and accommodating different kinds of riders, and encouraging conversations. It was really great that people respected the pace.
The moon showed off her bodacious goddess body- That moon, that moon, that moon.
HOOOWWWLS- You only think it's silly until you do it. Then you realize how good it makes you feel!
Go Around- In true Grease Rag fashion, we had a go around question about the moon. People told stories about skinny dipping, sailing, buffaloes, and HOWLS. It was really nice to share with people I knew, and people I just met.
Seward Cafe- Now open late! Serving beer and wine! Thank you for accommodating us, SC! Service with a smile.
Although the intentions behind our Full Moon Ride were a little different from the Ovarians', I hope that we achieved some of the same healing and connection with our lovely friend, the Moon. Mark your calendars for April 25th, the date of our next Full Moon Ride. Hopefully next time there will be warmer temps and less ice, but either way, WE RIDE!
Thank you for the photos, Sveta!