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NC Pride says it has fix for LGBT festival/Jewish holiday conflict

Duke University students cheer during the annual N.C. Gay Pride parade and rally that takes place in and around East Campus. This year’s event is set for Sept. 30, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
Duke University students cheer during the annual N.C. Gay Pride parade and rally that takes place in and around East Campus. This year’s event is set for Sept. 30, the holiest day of the Jewish year. mschultz@newsobserver.com

An organizer with NC Pride says they have a solution to this year’s gay pride parade and festival being scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, which is also the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

They’re just not ready to say what it is.

Spokesman John Short said on July 3 that the date conflict was not noticed when NC Pride was planned, and he asked for forgiveness from the Jewish community.

On July 6, he said the organizing committee would spend that weekend meeting to resolve the date conflict this year. However, it has taken longer than expected to finalize plans.

Last week Short said they were still working on paperwork changes before he would be able to announce a change. On Wednesday, Short said they have made a new NC Pride logo but are still waiting on another signature before finalizing their solution to the date conflict.

Short said he apologizes for the delay but didn’t want to make any more mistakes.

“Several of the events will be changed, and everyone will be able to attend. There will be changes to a number of events. Everyone will be able to attend our new schedule,” Short said. He did confirm the weekend of Pride will remain the same.

“This will be a situation that everyone will be able to attend the events. We’re really working hard to do it right away because we’re already running a week behind,” Short said.

Peter Reitzes of Carrboro has marched in Pride events and supports the LGBTQ community.

“I’m of the belief that all events, not only Pride events, should not occur on the holiest day of Judaism. By nature it excludes Jews. My advice is don’t hold it on that day,” Reitzes said Wednesday. He said he hopes NC Pride is finding a way not to hold events on Yom Kippur.

“The Jews I know support LGBT rights and are social-justice warriors,” Reitzes said. He would prefer that NC Pride be held at least every now and then on Sunday, rather than Saturday. Saturday is the sabbath in Judaism.

“This is a big deal,” Reitzes said.

Short said he hopes that an announcement will be ready this Friday.

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: 919-419-6563, @dawnbvaughan

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