Friday was Tel Aviv Pride, when LGBT Israelis, Palestinians and their allies marched through the Israeli city in a rare demonstration of love and inclusion in the crisis-riddled Middle East. According to various reports, between 80,000 and 120,000 people attended the parade, which began in Gan Meir and made its way toward the beachfront Charles Clore Park.
Tel Aviv has emerged as a prime LGBT-tourism destination—it was voted the world’s gayest city by readers of GayCities in 2012—and the city certainly rolled out the welcome wagon this year: On Thursday, a rainbow flag was raised alongside an American flag at the U.S. embassy. And all week long, a massive rainbow flag made from 480 LED lights adorned the facade of the Tel Aviv Municipality Building in Rabin Square. It’s believed to be the world’s largest Pride flag.
Hebro, a New York-based social group for gay Jewish men and their friends, held a Pride kickoff party at Evita, drawing more than 400 party people from around the globe.
Below, the gay social-media platform Moovz produced a video touting Willam and Amanda Lepore’s appearance at Tel Aviv Pride.