ADL Demands Apology From Chicago LGBTQ March Organizers After Jewish Participants Ejected

New York, NY, June 26, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on organizers of a Chicago LGBTQ pride march to apologize after three women were ejected from the march for carrying rainbow flags emblazoned with the Jewish Star of David.

The women were reportedly told that they could not take part in the city’s Dyke March because their flags “made people feel unsafe.” The Dyke March organizers issued a statement on Twitter Sunday afternoon, which indicated the women were told to leave the March “after they repeatedly expressed support for Zionism.”

“It is outrageous that while celebrating LGBTQ pride, Jewish participants carrying a rainbow Star of David flag were asked to leave the Chicago Dyke March. The community of LGBTQ supporters is diverse and that is part of its tremendous strength,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “Both the act and the explanation were anti-Semitic, plain and simple. We stand with A Wider Bridge and others in demanding an apology. We appreciate the Human Rights Campaign’s support and we call on other leaders from LGBTQ and progressive communities to join us in condemning this exclusion.”

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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