Israeli media reported that 200,000 people joined the gay pride parade an event where Gays, Lesbians and Sexually confused transgender individuals congregate to ‘celebrate’ their life choices.
“The sun is out and everybody is partying and having fun, the atmosphere is great,” said Christian Tummann, a German tourist celebrating with his husband.
“I feel so happy, so happy, that I can go to the Middle East and still be proud, it’s very nice,” said Swedish tourist Dona Ulzen.
Parts of the bustling city shut for traffic and loud music blasted along the parade’s route, which was crowded with people dancing and waving balloons and rainbow flags.
Israel is widely tolerant of gay people, and Tel Aviv has emerged as one of the world’s most gay-friendly travel destinations. The city stands in sharp contrast to much of the region, where people are persecuted and may even be killed because of their sexuality.
The majority of Jerusalem’s residents are observant Jews, Muslims or Christians, conservative communities whose members mostly frown on homosexuality. But violent attacks on gay people are rare.