Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Thousands attend Tel Aviv's gay parade

07 June 2013, 18:12

Tel Aviv - Thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv in Israel on Friday for the annual Gay Pride parade, which attracts visitors from all over the world, this year including France's first gay married couple.

Gay, lesbian and transgender activists and sympathisers, draped in rainbow flags, awaited the departure of a procession of floats through the Mediterranean coastal city blasting out electronic music.

Tel Aviv city hall said this marked 20 years since the municipality first organised a public event for the homosexual community.

In addition to thousands of Israelis taking part this year there were about 25 000 tourists were expected to join the festivities, said spokesperson Mira Marcus.

Among them are Vincent Autin and his partner Bruno Boileau, who tied the knot in Montpellier after months of passionate debate and protests for and against France last month becoming the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage.

The couple are honeymooning in Tel Aviv at the invitation of its municipality.

"Tel Aviv is a pluralist city that defends the rights of homosexuals," said Marcus.

"When we learnt that a gay couple had married in France, we decided there was nothing more romantic and appropriate that to invite them to spend their honeymoon in Tel Aviv during Gay Pride," she told AFP.

Autin, aged 40, told AFP: "I had heard a lot about Tel Aviv but was surprised how gay-friendly it was."

"We're pleasantly surprised," his husband Boileau, aged 30, added. "There are rainbow flags everywhere, it's great to be here during Gay Pride."

Israel is widely seen as having liberal gay rights policies, despite the hostility shown towards homosexuals, particularly men, from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

Israel repealed a ban on consensual same-sex sexual acts in 1988.

This year's parade began a day after three suspects in a 2009 double murder in a Tel Aviv gay youth centre appeared in court.

Police sources quoted by the media have said the motive appeared to be revenge rather than a hate crime specifically targeting homosexuals.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Mudavadi given permission to join...

Musalia Mudavadi has been ghranted permission by his party to join the CORD Coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
EACC officers raid Deputy Governo...

EACC officers raided the home of a Deputy Governor as theft case continues in court. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
New IEBC bosses to be named Novem...

New IEBC bosses will be named on November 30. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
DP Ruto has spoilt my name, activ...

DP William Ruto has spoilt my name, activist complains. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Apologise for attack on Auditor G...

Apologise for attack on Auditor General, President Uhuru Kenyatta is told by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o. Read more...