According to the Windy City Times, a Chicago-based newspaper that covers news of interest to homosexuals, a member of the Dyke March said that a gay pride flag bearing a Star of David in the midst of the June 24 parade "made people feel unsafe." The member of the March said that the rally was "pro-Palestinian" and "anti-Zionist." It had been billed on Twitter as a demonstration of  "anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led, grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience."
 
A member of the Jewish LGBTQ organization A Wider Bridge, Laurel Grauer, told the newspaper that the banner in question 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."
 
"They were telling me to leave because my flag was a trigger to people that they found offensive," Grauer said. 
 
Eleanor Shoshany-Anderson was also asked to leave the March. "The Dyke March is supposed to be intersectional. I don't know why my identity is excluded from that. I felt that, as a Jew, I am not welcome here," she told the Windy City Times.
 
A Sabbath worship service and reception for Jews attending a gay activism conference in Chicago was disrupted in 2016 when hundreds of protesters shouted, "Hey hey, ho ho, pinkwashing has got to go.” The term ‘pinkwashing’ refers to the alleged efforts by the state of Israel to cover up its relations with Palestine by referencing its tolerance of gays. In a statement, Dyke March Collective organizers criticized Grauer's organization 'A Wider Bridge' for what they consider "provocative actions at other LGBTQ events [and] for using Israel's supposed 'LGBTQ tolerance' to pinkwash the violent occupation of Palestine."

Among the other groups represented during the March was a partner organization, Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), whose members urged parade-goers to push local politicians to make Chicago into a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants and to stop their cooperation with the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) in its enforcement of federal law. Another group that participated in the festivities was Dykes on Bikes.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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