The annual Gay Pride in Tel Aviv gathered on June 10, 2011, with (according to organisers) around 70,000 gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender and straight people in attendance. Another source close to the organisers mentioned about 100,000 Israelis in attendance with over 5000 tourists coming especially from abroad for the event.
Whatever the exact figure, the parade has traversed in the most gay-friendly city in the entire Middle East – the LGBT community makes up 16% to 17% of the 403,000 inhabitants of Tel-Aviv, on a deputy mayor – a temperature close to twenty-eight degrees, cool off before going to the beach.
The slogan of this year had a double message: “It is good to be gay – we want equal rights.” In 2010, the parade chanted a slogan much more biblical “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The other major difference compared to the Gay Pride 2010 has been, in 2011, the massive participation of the lesbian community, both within the procession and among the activists who framed the event.
Gay Pride in Tel Aviv is usually more festive and less politicised than that of Jerusalem, probably because homosexuality is much more accepted in the second largest city in the country, although the ultra-religious – Jewish and Muslims – still do not want to hear about it, be it in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.
I use the above trailer for the festival, where the moviegoers have to guess the movies from parodies and music – the first being Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield, the popular theme tune to ‘The Exorcist’.
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