This week Israel is celebrating Gay Pride in what has become one of the world’s largest annual celebrations for LGBTQ folks. Israel has taken a very progressive stance on queer issues. Below you will find a series of stories highlighting Israel’s dedication to the queer community.
Israel to Allow Gay Men to Conceive Children via Surrogates
A committee appointed by Israel’s Health Ministry has issued groundbreaking recommendations Sunday regarding fertility and birth polices, among them allowing gay men to use a surrogate mother in order to conceive a child. The public committee, which was set up two years ago to examine policies surrounding fertility and birth, concluded its proceedings Sunday, issuing a report that may transform Israel into one of the most progressive countries in the world in this field. Click here for the full article!
Tel Aviv Paints Street Crossings in Rainbows
The annual Gay Pride Parade will be held in Tel Aviv on Friday, 8 June 2012. To mark the occasion, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality painted the crosswalk at the corner of Bograshov and Shalom Aleichem streets, through which the parade will pass, in the gay pride colors.
International Tourists Join Gay Pride
As the Jerusalem Post reported: Thousands of tourists are expected to arrive in Tel Aviv for the Pride celebrations, which will kick off a week before the main parade. From June 1 till June 7, Hilton Beach will be decorated with gay pride flags and chill out music will entertain locals and tourists alike. The beach, which is popular among the local gay community, will host some of the city’s leading clubs between midday and sunset everyday that week. Over 100,000 tourists flocked to Tel Aviv for Gay Pride week in 2011, and even more are expected this year.