Tel Aviv hosts largestever gay pride pa­rade in Mid­dle East and Asia

The Jewish Voice - - NEWS IN REVIEW -

(JNS.org) An es­ti­mated 200,000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in Tel Aviv’s an­nual gay pride pa­rade Fri­day, in­clud­ing some 30,000 for­eign tourists.

This year’s event—which cel­e­brated the theme of “bi­sex­ual vis­i­bil­ity”—was the 19th gay pride pa­rade held in the sea­side Is­raeli metropo­lis and, ac­cord­ing to the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, was the largest event of its kind ever held in the Mid­dle East and Asia.

“Tel Aviv Pride Pa­rade is not just a celebration, but also an im­por­tant dec­la­ra­tion of sup­port,” Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Hul­dai said, adding, “Tel Aviv, which has al­ready been ac­knowl­edged as the world’s ‘ most gay-friendly city,’ will con­tinue to be a light-house city, spread­ing the val­ues of free­dom, tol­er­ance and democ­racy to the world.”

Ahead of this year’s pa­rade, a sur­vey com­mis­sioned by the re­li­gious plu­ral­ism or­ga­ni­za­tion Hid­dush found that Is­raeli pub­lic sup­port for same-sex mar­riage is at a record high 79 per­cent, up from 53 per­cent in 2009.

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