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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 05:33 AM

'Like a Swastika,or Confederate Flag':How the Dyke March Turned the Star of David Into a Hate Symbol

If youíre a queer Jewish woman, the fiasco over the DC Dyke March banning rainbow flags featuring the Star of David, often called Jewish Pride flags, didnít end with the end of the event. Just as the debate isnít over, neither is the harassment directed at us - in an attempt to erase our identities.

For me, a bisexual Jew, I was already raw from the controversy surrounding homophobia and the Womenís March, whose leaders to this day will not denounce virulent anti-Semitic homophobe Louis Farrakhan. And now, I was mourning yet another social justice space where I was not welcome - because of my religion and sexuality.

I watched horrifying video footage of a DC Dyke March marshall physically gatekeeping women just like me from entering the event, deeming the way they expressed their Judaism as "inappropriate" for a queer space.

If the language used by those harassing queer Jews felt violating and threatening to me, Iíd imagine itíd be even more alarming for my Jewish peers who are less public with their identity. I fretted over what closeted Jews would see in that video. I worried they would come away from the controversy convinced that they could be discarded not only by their Jewish family for their sexuality, but by the LGBTQ community Ė normally a welcoming safety net Ė too.







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