Chicago: LGBT Marchers With Jewish Pride Flags Harassed, Forced To Leave Event

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Apparently, the LGBT pride movement isn’t really all that inclusive after all. At a recent event known as the “Dyke March” in Chicago, some Jewish gay-pride celebrators were told it was “offensive” to display Star of David flags in tandem.

Sources say the Jewish Star of David was actually banned from the Dyke March, and people carrying Jewish-pride flags were removed from the event because the mere sight of the flag “made people feel unsafe.” It’s worth noting the Dyke March organizers admitted to the press that the event was “pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist.” Did people really feel “unsafe,” or are they just making up excuses for their hypocrisy regarding antisemitism?

Ironically enough, the Dyke March leaders also describe their event as being a “more inclusive, more social-justice-oriented” version of Chicago’s primary, pride parade. It would seem their left-wing notion of inclusiveness is riddled with exclusivity.

Many marchers were unhappy about the ejection of parade-goers displaying Jewish-pride flags. Marcher Ruthie Steiner commented the community isn’t supposed to be like this. “With all the people [who] so hate the LGBTQ community, for it to tear itself apart in self-hatred makes no sense at all,” she said.

Laurel Grauer, another one of the Dyke March’s attendees, said other parade-goers harassed her before they finally asked her to leave. “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,” she explained. Grauer added until this most recent march, she had never once received a single complaint about the flag before—even though she always carried it with her at pride events.

It’s clear that to these event organizers, freedom of expression isn’t actually for everyone. And sadly, this kind of thinking seems to be growing more commonplace. But truly, when did antisemitism become politically correct?


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