Thousands fill Tel Aviv streets for PrideTop Highlights, Around the World Thursday, June 28th, 2012
TEL AVIV, Israel (CNN) – Gay Pride 2012 drew tens of thousands of people to the streets of Tel Aviv earlier this month to celebrate the city’s annual gay pride event.
The partygoers started their journey at a community park and walked through several main streets in the heart of the city before holding a large-scale beach party.
The parade in Tel Aviv, known for its vibrant homosexual community, drew tourists from around the globe.
“What I find special about Tel Aviv is that it has a very vibrant gay community, but more than that, I find that the city itself and the people of Tel Aviv are very open-minded towards gay people,” said Neil Porter of Berlin. “Wherever we go, we can hold hands, we can kiss, and nobody ever bats an eyelid.”
Carrying colorful rainbow flags and dancing to stomping house music, marchers appeared to be entirely unaffected by the hardships of day-to-day regional politics.
“When wars are around and people threatening us, we know that we need to live the second, and this is the second,” said Yuval, a local resident.
Hailing the event as a success, gay rights activist Dany Zack said after the parade, “Palestinians, Jews, religious or secular, would be able to look at the mirror and say, ‘I’m gay, and I feel good about that.’”
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