Dafna Yosha – Gay Pride Tel Aviv

 

The Gay Pride Parade is an annual parade held in various cities around the world, where lesbians, gay, transgender, bisexual, asexual, queer and pansexual people point out their struggle for recognition and equal rights and proclaim their pride in their sexual identity and gender. The parade is also accompanied by heterosexuals who support the struggle. The pride shown by the community through the parade is to convey to the public strong messages about equality. The parade usually takes place in June, marking the month of the New York City police raid on the Stonewall community in 1969, following which the Gay Pride Parades began.

The parade has evolved from protest demonstrations and rights demands, and in many places it is still demonstrative, but in more favorable places to the LGBT, over the years, it has become a colorful carnival-like parade that includes a great happening. In this parade there are music performances, flags of pride and speeches that combine an element of protest, political and educational.

The Gay Pride Parade has opponent and critics outside and within the LGBT community, as well as homophobic and religious opposition to the extrovert and blatant sexual nature in which it exists.

The parade took place in Tel Aviv for the first time 21 years ago and this is the first city in Israel to hold the parade. Since then and every year it is the largest in Israel. In 2019 the parade was held in Tel Aviv on Friday, June 14, under the title “The Struggle for Continuing Equality” and raised issues of legal discrimination in relation to marriage, parenthood, recognition of families, recognition of the transsexual community and more. Approximately 250,000 participants attended this event.

Tel Aviv was decorated with flags of pride and along the whole parade route which began on Ben Zion Boulevard, continued along the boardwalk to Charles Clore Park, accompanied by music trucks and dancers where the performances continued until sunset.

Today, the Pride Parade in Tel Aviv is considered one of the most important cultural events in Tel Aviv, reflecting the liberalism and colorfulness of Tel Aviv, and is a significant attraction for tourism in general and for proud tourism.