“Here we are at a march where you should be able to come as you and shouldn’t have to be fit in these boxes, but it appears that unless you check off all of their boxes about what they believe, you don’t belong,” Grauer said.
“It was very traumatizing to someone of a Jewish background,” she added. “It’s not the first time we’ve been told to hide our heritage.”
More than 1,000 marchers showed up for the 21st Annual Dyke March on Saturday as it moved through Little Village, a well-known Hispanic neighborhood on the city’s west side. The march is sometimes seen as being “less corporate and more racially inclusive” than the Pride Parade, according to Chicagoist.
Marchers carried signs that read, “Gender is fake, do what you want” and “Sanctuary for all, no exceptions,” Chicagoist reported.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page Sunday, the Chicago Dyke March said its “celebration of dyke, queer, and trans solidarity was partially 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 Chicago Dyke March Collective members. We have since learned that at least one of these individuals is a regional director for A Wider Bridge, an organization with connections to the Israeli state and right-wing pro-Israel interest groups.”