Celebrating gay pride in Tel Aviv (CNN) Cable News Network) By Guy Azriel TEL AVIV, ISRAEL 06/08/12)
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Tel Aviv, Israel (CNN) -- Tens of thousands of people filled the
streets of Tel Aviv on Friday to celebrate at the city´s annual gay
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
Some residents of Tel Aviv, who often described it a bubble in the
Middle East, believe the they have the power to make a real impact in
the lives of many.
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,´ " gay rights activist Dany Zack said. (© 2012 Cable News
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