Recently, during Chicago's Pride weekend, members of the LGBTQ Jewish community were denied their annual participation in the Dyke March for wanting to show their pride in being both queer and Jewish by holding rainbow flags with the Star of David. Pride celebrations around the world are intended to be inclusive of all LGBTQ people, demonstrating a solidarity in the shared communal struggles for visibility, inclusion, and tolerance. GLOE stands against the exclusionary and anti-Semitic actions of the Dyke March Chicago organizers. We seek to find commonality among intersectional identities and to participate in balanced and respectful dialogue that engages a broad community in meaningful conversation.
In response to this alarming incident—and the concerns of many—GLOE is convening a community gathering on Thursday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Edlavitch DCJCC's Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall.
Led by JoHanna Potts and Vinny Prell, this informal meetup seeks to take conversations happening online and move them into a safe space with friends and allies. Through both small group discussions and a facilitated community conversation, we will share and process our thoughts with each other while considering Jewish teaching related to uniting through shared struggles and overcoming collective adversity.
About the facilitators:
JoHanna Potts has been committed to strengthening communities by making them more inclusive since she was the Director of Student Affairs at Washington University in the late 1970s. More recently she has been involved in community change and organizational development. She describes herself as a "free range rabbi" and spends much of her time teaching, consulting and focusing on building bridges.
Vinny Prell has dedicated fifteen years (and counting) to anti-oppression work focused in Jewish and queer communities. For three years, he was the Executive Director of NUJLS, the National Union of Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex Students. An old hand at program development and workshop-leading, she has conducted workshops on topics as varied as becoming an ally, sex education, religion and abortion, rape culture, and identity politics.