LGBT Pride festivities in Chicago took an ugly turn on the weekend after three women were ejected out of a march because their rainbow flags bore a Jewish Star of David.
The Chicago Windy Times, the city’s LGBT paper, reported that the women were told that they couldn’t participate in town’s Dyke March because their flags” made people feel unsafe.”
The Dyke March is separate from Chicago’s main Pride Parade and is described by organizers as being “more thorough” and “more social justice-oriented” compared to the main event.
One of the women told to abandon the march, Laurie Grauer, said her so-called Jewish Pride flag had been “in my congregation that fancies my queer, Jewish identity which I have done for more than a decade wandered in the Dyke March with the identical flag.
“They were telling me to leave because my flag had been a trip to people that they found offensive,” Grauer went on. “Prior to this , I had never been harassed or asked to leave and I had always carried the flag”
The Dyke March organizers issued an announcement on Twitter Sunday day, that said the women were told to abandon the March “after they repeatedly expressed support for Zionism.” The statement went on to say that the bows are “expressly not anti-Semitic, we’re anti-Zionist” and “support the liberation of Palestine and oppressed people everywhere.”
“People asked me when I had been a Zionist and I said ‘Yes , I really do care about the condition of Israel but I also believe in a two-state alternative and an independent Palestine,'” Grauer told the Windy Times. “It is hard to swallow the notion of inclusion when you are excluding people from that. Folks are saying ‘You could be gay but not this manner.’ We don’t feel welcomed. We don’t feel included.”
Grauer is recorded as the Midwest Manager of Programs and Operations for a broader Bridge, an organization supporting the LGBT community in Israel. The Dyke March statement condemned A Wider Bridge for purportedly “using Israel’s assumed ‘LGBTQ tolerance’ into pinkwash the violent occupation of Palestine.”
“An annual march celebrating inclusion and acceptance was assassinated … by those who believe Jews do not belong to the LGBTQ community,” said American Jewish Committee Chicago Director Amy Stoken. “Shame on the organizers of the Dyke March for not ensuring Jewish marchers could participate as freely as any player.
“Where is the collective outrage over this despicable targeting of Jews?
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