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Tel Aviv’s Largest Ever Pride Festival Attracted a Record 180,000 Participants from Israel and Around the World

June 16, 2015 LGBT No Comments Email Email

Tel Aviv’s 17th Pride Parade was concluded over the weekend with its largest parade to-date. 

 100,000 people marched together under the slogan ‘Tel Aviv Loves All Genders’ in a statement of love and support. In the past year, the transgender community has had many significant achievments, both juridical, in parliament and in the public arena with positive change to the conditions of transgender people in army service and the establishment of two new organizations dedicated to the needs of the transgender community, but there is still much progress to be made. Positioning the transgender community at the forefront of Tel Aviv Pride 2015 sends a clear message that the city supports this vulnerable community, promotes its visability, shows support for its achievenments and strengthens its members.

Tel Aviv, whose Pride Parade is a central event on the global gay calendar, has in recent years, become one of the world’s leading and most famous gay tourist destinations, thanks to its tolerant atmosphere, warm weather (300 days of sun a year), famous culinary scene and world-leading nightlife scene. ranked Tel Aviv as the “World’s Best Gay Tourism Destination”, Lonely Planet considers Tel Aviv one of the world’s Top 10 hedonistic city breaks and CNN ranked the city as ‘one of the 10 best gay honeymoon hotspots’. The estimated 30,000 international visitors to the parade are expected to spend 40% more than other tourist demographics, staying an average of 3.5 nights in the city. 

At the opening of the Parade, the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Mr. Ron Huldai said: “To the proud people of Tel Aviv, I am happy to stand before you and open this city’s seventeenth Gay Pride Parade. We have been through a lot in the past seventeen years. We reached a different reality together in Tel Aviv and also throughout Israel. I want to say to all politicians that we have a lot of legislation to pass in order to promote and receive the LGBT community in Israel as a whole.”

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