Tel Aviv Pride Parade with a Leica M10
By Tomer Vaknin – His Website is HERE
The Pride Parade is an annual parade in various cities around the world, where lesbians, gay, transgender, bisexual and asexual people celebrate their struggle for recognition and equal rights, and proclaim their pride in their sexual identity and gender.
The pride shown by the community through the parade is to broadcast a number of messages to the general public. The difference in sexual orientation or gender identity is neither disadvantage nor shame.
Encouraging the exit from the closet and declaring that those who choose to live outside the closet, despite the difficulties involved, deserve to be proud of their choice.
A call for full equality of rights for all in law and practice, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The event is usually marked in June, as a landmark for the Stonewall riots. The marches evolved from protest demonstrations or rights demands, and in many places they still carry a demonstrative character.
The Stonewall riots: On the night of June 28, 1969, the NYPD raided the gay pub “Stonewall Inn” in Greenwich Village, New York. Following the raid, Greenwich Village held an unprecedented protest in the gay community.
This was not the first time that the gay community had demonstrated against the police or confronted the police, but that protest is still considered a turning point. Â Many pride parades around the world take place in June, some on the 28th – the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Since then June was considered the month of global parade.
The Pride Parade in the city of Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv is the first city in Israel to celebrate the gay pride events in Israel, and the first pride parade was held.
The event in its current format has been held since 1998. It was first produced by the LGBT Association and in recent years as a public urban event produced by the Tel Aviv Municipality.
The parade in Tel Aviv is the largest Gay Pride parade in the State of Israel, and one of the world’s most popular gay pride parades, which in recent years has received honorary status alongside marches in other booming capitals around the world.
Hundreds of thousands of people participate in the event every year.
In 2018, about a quarter of a million marchers was participate the parade, which includes a happening and a beach party every year the Tel Aviv parade draws tens of thousands of tourists from around the world.
To Be Gay In The State Of Israel
Gay rights in the State of Israel have undergone changes in recent years, although the gay community do not enjoy full equal rights and there are manifestations of homophobia in Israel and discrimination, the ruling in Israel does not deviate significantly from the accepted norm in the Western world. In addition, Israel has signed the UN Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
Israeli public opinion about the gay community according to various surveys is in a very good place even in relation to other EU countries despite a large part of the Israeli population that is religious and can not accept the gay community.
Unfortunately, in all West Asian countries, the only country that accepts the gay community is the State of Israel and This is what make the Tel Aviv Pride Parade so special.