Gay March in Chicago Turns Anti-Semitic

  • 2017-06-26
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Remington Strelivo
First, they came for the Jews. Three Jewish women at Chicago’s annual Dyke March were kicked out of the parade after they brought Jewish gay pride flags: a rainbow flag with a white Star of David in the middle.

According to a Dyke March organizer, the women were told to leave because their Jewish-themed flags “made people feel unsafe.” The organizer added that the march was “anti-Zionist” and “pro-Palestinian.”

One of the Jewish marchers, Laurel Grauer, was appalled by the blatant anti-Semitism of the march. She had been bringing her Jewish gay pride flag to the Dyke March for more than a decade, eager to show something that “celebrates [her] queer, Jewish identity.”

This year was different. Grauer explained that, in addition to being asked to leave the parade by organizers, she “lost count” of how many times she was harassed by other marchers because of her Jewish faith.

“People asked me if I was a Zionist and I said ‘yes, I do care about the state of Israel but I also believe in a two-state solution and an independent Palestine,’” Grauer said. “It’s hard to swallow the idea of inclusion when you are excluding people from that. People are saying ‘You can be gay, but not in this way.’ We do not feel welcomed. We do not feel included.”

Multiple gay pride events this year—the first gay pride season during the Trump Administration—have given up simply being pro-gay, and have instead lurched far to the left on a variety of issues, excluding many of those in the political center and right.

Los Angeles, for example, canceled their pride festival, replacing it instead with a “Resist March,” intended to show dissatisfaction with Trump’s agenda and promote liberal talking points. And in Minneapolis, the city’s first openly gay police chief was initially banned from marching in their parade—because of anti-cop sentiment brought on by the killing of a black man, Philando Castile.
 Source: AAN

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