Chicago Pride has faced controversy after it banned people from carrying Jewish Star of David flags at the event.
25th June 2017
LGBT newspaper Windy City Times reported that three people carrying Jewish Pride flags were asked to leave because they were making “people feel unsafe”.
It’s believed that a Dyke March member told the people the flags were banned because the march was “anti-Zionist” and “pro-Palestinian”.
Laurel Grauer was one of the people told that she could not carry the LGBT-themed Jewish flag.
She said that she was told the flag was an offensive trigger to some people.
She said: “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.”
“They were telling me to leave because my flag was a trigger to people that they found offensive.”
Organisers for the sect have been accused of anti-Semitism and failing to promote inclusivity by creating the ban.
The Dyke March prides itself for being a “more inclusive” alternative to the main Pride event.