Gay pride parade in Tel Aviv, Israel: What gay pride looks like in ‘The Holy Land’


Updated 11:23 am, Saturday, June 10, 2017

While most often identified by the religious groups that call the region home and the intolerance that some of the groups show toward alternative lifestyles, Israel has grown into one of the most recognizable gay-friendly international travel destinations.

Friday, the nation’s second most-populous city, Tel Aviv, hosted the largest annual gay pride parade in the Middle East.

More than 200,000 people celebrated the theme “Bisexuality Visibility.”


“Israel stands in sharp contrast to much of the region,” The Associated Press reports. “Across the rest of the Mideast, gay and lesbian relationships are mostly taboo. Pervasiveness of religion in everyday life, along with strict cultural norms, plays a major factor.

“Same-sex relations are punishable by death in Iran, Sudan and elsewhere.

“Gays serve openly in Israel’s military and parliament. But community leaders say the country still has far to go in promoting equality.”


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See some of the sights of the largest Gay Pride Parade in the Middle East in the photos above. 

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