It's Pride Week in Austin!

Austin Pride kicks off this week, and just as in previous years, CBI members will participate in the Pride Parade that will be taking place on Saturday, August 26th. It's bound to be quite a celebration, so if you have the time, go and check it out.

 Sisterhood's own Baihlah Rubin, marching with CBI and Temple Beth Shalom in the Austin Pride Parade, 2016

Sisterhood's own Baihlah Rubin, marching with CBI and Temple Beth Shalom in the Austin Pride Parade, 2016

I asked Baihlah how many people from the local Jewish community would be participating, and she said not many - maybe 25-30 people. Which sounds like a lot of people to me. Anyway, if you go and see this flag, be sure to cheer extra-loud:

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Coincidentally, about that flag. It happens to be really similar to the flag at the center of a bit of controversy, which is discussed in this article. Apparently several Jewish participants at a Dyke March in Chicago who were carrying a rainbow flag with a Star of David on it were kicked out of the parade because the organizers said the march was anti-Zionist, and the flag too closely resembled an Israeli flag. No, I'm not kidding. Really. But don't just take my word for it -- here is the march organizer's statement, if you'd like to read it.

So if you're going to participate in Austin Pride, have a great time! And don't get kicked out.