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Thousands Party in Israeli Gay Pride Parade

Friday Jun 8, 2012
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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Drag queens, dancers and shirtless men are partying through central Tel Aviv as thousands pack the streets for the city’s annual gay pride parade.

Israel’s homosexual community celebrated the city’s 14th annual parade Friday. Colorful floats with scantily dressed revelers drove through the streets as thousands cheered, waved flags and gyrated to loud music.

Tel Aviv is one of the few places in the Middle East where gays feel free to walk hand-in-hand and kiss in public.

Gays serve openly in Israel’s military. The parliament and Supreme Court have granted gays a variety of family rights, such as inheritance and survivor’s benefits.

Earlier this year, Tel Aviv was picked by readers of the travel website Gaycities as the top gay destination, ahead of Amsterdam and San Francisco.

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  • Virgilio F. Acevedo, 2012-06-08 10:26:04

    Pity that the city´s violent racism towards African immigrants and other foreigners a few days ago has stained so badly the otherwise supposedly welcoming city.


  • Virgilio F. Acevedo, 2012-06-08 10:50:12

    Pity that the city´s violent racism towards African immigrants and other foreigners a few days ago has stained so badly the otherwise supposedly welcoming city.


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-09 07:29:56

    um one step at a time buddy... yeah u with the African comments- that they are making the gay world better - in any matter is amazing - great way to try and take away from progress u nit


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-09 14:02:05

    Any isolated incidents of "violent racism" toward African-Americans is way more than overshadowed by its neighbor Arab countries’ extreme violence against non-Muslims and anyone even seeming L,G, B or T.


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-09 21:20:06

    Can’t help wondering when Palestinians will be able to parade in their city too.


  • greg carver, 2012-06-10 14:31:50

    I was at tel aviv pride and it was AWESOME!!!


  • Virgilio F. Acevedo, 2012-06-10 17:39:06

    Anonymous: You must be one of those fanatics... "The Muslims are worse" is all you can come up with, morally? Read, you misinformed Nazi: (1) http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/04/us-israel-migrants-africans-idUSBRE8530J620120604 AND (2)http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=108095


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