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Controversy arises at Chicago Dyke March

Report: More than 1,500 at Chicago Dyke March, Jewish Pride flags banned

Chicago, IL — The 21st annual Chicago Dyke March, described as more inclusive, more social justice-oriented than Chicago's annual Pride Parade, took place in the Little Village neighborhood on Saturday, June 24.

But the parade was met with controversy when collective members carrying rainbow pride flags with a Star of David center were told to leave because the flags "made people feel unsafe" and that the Dyke March was a "anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian" space, reported Windy City Times.

"It was a flag from my congregation which celebrates my queer, Jewish identity which I have done for over a decade marching in the Dyke March with the same flag," Laurel Grauer, one of the expelled Jewish participants, told the publication.

Windy City Times posted the story on Facebook and a majority of those responding appear to be in support of those asked to leave the march.

"Anti-semitism is everywhere. I'm not surprised at all," LGBT historian Sukie de la Croix commented. "Nobody is more intolerant of differing opinions than the gay community."

The Chicago Dyke March moved to Little Village on the West Side after three years in Humboldt Park. The march has also been held in Pilsen, South Shore and Uptown.

UPDATE: A statement posted June 25 on Dyke March Chicago social media accounts read in part:

"Sadly, our celebration of dyke, queer and trans solidarity was partly overshadowed by our decision to ask three individuals carrying Israeli flags superimposed on rainbow flags to leave the rally. This decision was made after they repeatedly expressed support for Zionism during conversations with Dyke March Collective members."

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I hope they refused to leave and marched on.
Posted by MikeT.390 on Sun, 6/25/2017 12:37 AM
I am an anti-Zionist and a Jew. I think the banning of the flag is outrageous. It's anti-Semite, plain and simple, and if it makes anyone "feel" unsafe, it would certainly be a Jewish member of the LGBT. Truly, freakishly unbelievable and quite stupid.
Posted by PerryW.675 on Sun, 6/25/2017 8:01 PM
I am commenting as a black queer american dyke who was raised as a muslim. I do not support the Israeli state as it exists now but if anything I have learned from their's and the Palestinian story is that you can quickly become what you claim to have fought against/esaped from. Where as Israel's hypocrisy is clear, this Chicago March foolishness is the hyprocrisy of the ironically named "All-inclusive" movement.

There is a difference between "feeling" unsafe and being unsafe. Feeling uncertain and/or unsafe is a part of what it is to be human. And so is navigating those feelings. To equally accommodate all of humanity is an offense to the idea of Humanity; if you think about it.

You refute your own sense of power when you so easily give it over to symbolism or an idea of your oppression. The star of David alone DOES NOT represent Israel and I think is a more powerful-spirtual symbol otherwise to Jewish people.

If these women were Zionist (I can't say, wasn't there), even more so an opportunity to sit in your seat of power and be a deafening example of what you stand for.

But alas, we fight for what we are comfortable fighting for. Be damned coalition, common ground or common sense.
Posted by HanifahW.439 on Tue, 6/27/2017 12:15 PM
The Human Rights lawas in Illinois, Cook county and chicago protects the rights of everyone whatever their ancestry, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Jewish lesbians who were told Juden Verboten by the Hamas Nazis who hijacked Chicago Dyke March should demand that the Illinois, Cook County and Chicago Human Rights commissions investigatie those Nazis for violating their right to carry a flag with a Star of David as is their religious and ancestral right, or even an Israeli flag since there can be no discxrimination based on nationlity.
Illinois Human Rights Act: race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation

The Commission adjudicates complaints of civil rights violations based on these protected classes in connection with the following areas: employment, real estate transactions, financial credit, public accommodations, and education.
Posted by demandequality on Wed, 6/28/2017 12:07 AM
Can an organization be totally inclusive without someone being offended or triggered? The ultimate test: a woman carrying a symbol of Islam or Palestine marching next to a woman carrying a symbol of Judaism or Israel. Discuss...
Posted by brnxgrl on Wed, 6/28/2017 8:48 AM
Shame on you!!! I am a 64 year old Jewish Lesbian. I have grown up in the gay rights movement. I have seen just about everything and now I am witnessing anti-semitism in my own community. Whoever made this decision clearly subscribe to hate. Honestly, I'm glad I don't live in Chicago. You people make me sick and ashamed to be associated with you.
Posted by CherylG.673 on Wed, 6/28/2017 3:19 PM
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