Gay Pride And Tel Aviv’s Rainbow Colours

Gay Pride And Tel Aviv’s Rainbow Colours

The Israeli city of Tel Aviv has gone all out to celebrate gay Pride this year, with the authorities lighting up city hall in rainbow colours.

More than 480 LED light bulbs were used to create a rainbow flag lighting effect on the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipal building, making it, according to The Jerusalem Post, the biggest rainbow flag in the world.

The lights will be lit from 8pm until 11pm every night this week until Friday, when the city’s 16th annual Pride Parade takes place. The parade is expected to attract around 120,000 participants and will conclude with a huge beach party.

Considered the most gay friendly city in the Middle East, Tel Aviv’s Pride celebrations also feature an LGBT Culture Festival and an International LGBT Film Festival.

The Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, who will be launching the parade, said that the arrival of summer “is also the arrival of the Pride events that declare with voices, colours, music and culture a clear saying to our residents and our guests: The city of Tel Aviv-Yafo stands for equality, believes in equality and marches for equality.”

Tel Aviv’s LGBT community is the largest in Israel and consists of 15% of its residents. The city was recently named by CNN as one of its “10 gay honeymoon hotspots” in the world.

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9 Comments

  1. kendigin
    June 11, 05:00 Reply

    I still won’t visit o. Israel for me sounds like a place where ur heart will always be in ur mouth, cos of never ending hostilities with its neighbour.
    Better to observe from a safe distance

    • pinkpanthertb
      June 11, 05:10 Reply

      *longing sigh* But to be in such a gay friendly environment tho…

  2. Absalom
    June 11, 05:48 Reply

    Israel? Wow, with little surprises like this, I have this nagging feeling that Nigeria will be the last country to repeal its gay-hate law. You no say our own thing dey always different! Anyway, good thing I like Middle East men! *packing a bag*

    • pinkpanthertb
      June 11, 06:19 Reply

      Wait for me please! *throwing things in an overnight case*

  3. TelAviv
    June 11, 06:01 Reply

    thousands of gays coming together, hmmm!!! ‘×’

  4. kendigin
    June 11, 17:02 Reply

    Gaypride is not really a big deal. South Africa holds several every year, including gay themed carnivals.
    But israel jst doesn’t sound like a “fun” destination to me

    • CeeCee
      June 13, 13:32 Reply

      Correction, Tel Aviv is the gayest spot in the middle East, everyone who’s been there swears at how much fun it is both inside and outside the gay community …

  5. Deola
    June 11, 22:23 Reply

    What I would give to be there. Not for anything but for that feeling of freedom and not having to worry about what people might think and just being amongst people that get it. That would be boss. @adeola_lfc

  6. Lothario
    June 12, 13:41 Reply

    Oh wow! That’s something sha….still doesn’t bump it up my vacation list sha

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