Over 250,000 people celebrate Gay Pride at Tel Aviv parade
Over 250,000 people celebrate Gay Pride at Tel Aviv parade
The Pride Parade in Tel Aviv is the largest of its kind in the region
10 June, 2018, 22:53
Revelers toting rainbow flags flooded Tel Aviv on Friday, June 8, for an annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parade that Israel played up as evidence of its liberal values amid worldwide censure at its lethal response to Palestinian protests in Gaza.
It is held under the slogan "Community is part of the story" as this year marks 10 years since the founding of the Gay center in tel Aviv, 20 years since the first tel Avivgay pride parade, and 70 years since the founding of the state of Israel. One of the main shows will be by Netta Barzilai, the Israeli victor of the 2018 Eurovision song contest.
Israelis and tourists wave flags as they participate in the Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, June 8, 2018.
"I have been struck by how incredible it is not only to be here, but as a proud gay Jewish man surrounded by my people", he said Thursday.
Attendance at the Pride Parade topped last year by some 50,000. JTA
"It's also an awesome thing seeing gay pride flags flying everywhere next to the flag of Israel", he continued.
Cohen praised the event as a beacon of inclusion and equality "in a region where numerous neighbors can not live as their true selves or be who they were born to be".
"Celebrating pride in Tel Aviv is a lovely celebration of gay rights and visibility in a region where numerous neighbors can not live as their true selves or be who they were born to be", Andy said, "which makes it all the more special for this massive coming together in support of equality to be taking place in Tel Aviv". But even pinkwashing critics were welcomed in the parade, holding banners reading "No Pride in the Occupation" and "Stop shooting protestors".
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