250,000 March in Largest-ever Tel Aviv Pride Parade

‚We are marching today in the biggest and most consistent protest in Israel, demanding equal rights so that every person can write their own story,‘ says head of Association for LGBTQ Equality

Some 250,000 people marched in the Tel Aviv Pride Parade on Friday, calling for full and equal rights for the LGBTQ community in Israel. 

The parade, the biggest the city has seen in terms of participants and floats, began at 12 P.M. in the center of the city on Ben Tzion Boulevard. Its route will follow the Tel Aviv beach promenade down to Charles Clore Park at the city’s southern tip, where the main Pride party will take place.

This year’s parade is calling for full and equal rights for the LGBTQ community in Israel. „We are marching today in the biggest and most consistent protest in Israel, demanding equal rights so that every person can write their own story,“ said Ohad Hizki, the head of the Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel.

Hizki added that the gay community is inseparable from the social fabric of Israel and cannot be ignored: „We’ve heard enough talk and harassment, it’s time for action.“

For the first time in four years, political figures took the stage to speak at the event before the parade, with Knesset members and party heads appearingbeside celebrities and television personalities.

Meretz Chairwoman Tamar Zandberg, Shelly Yacimovich of the Labor Party, as well as Kahol Lavan’s Idan Roll and Eitan Ginzburg, gave speeches. Likud lawmaker and Justice Minister Amir Ohana, who was booed last week at the Jerusalem Pride Parade, also attended.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said that he was proud to partake in the 21st Tel Aviv Pride Parade. „Each one of us deserves to raise our voice and say that after the long way we’ve already come there is much much more work to do,“ he said. „I promise you that we won’t slow down and we won’t give up and we will continue struggling until we see full equality in Israel! Happy Pride!“

The Tel Aviv city council member in charge of LGBT affairs, Etai Pinkas, told Haaretz, „We’re here to celebrate our achievements and who we are, but we’re also here to shout that we’re tired of being outside the law and we will keep talking, struggling and fighting until we receive the equality and justice we deserve, just like anyone else.“

Fourteen floats are accompanying the marchers down the promenade loaded with DJs and dancers from the most popular gay production companies in Tel Aviv. 

The parade will culminate in a massive beachside party at Charles Clore Park at the end of the parade route. TV personality Assi Azar will host the event on the main stage, which will include performances by Israeli musicians Miri Mesika, Har’el Skaat, Ran Danker, Maya Bouskilla, Shefita, Sharif and more – including Maor Edri and Carakukly with this year’s official Pride song, „Mi Mehapes Oti“

What’s Going on for Tel Aviv Pride 2019? The Shows, Parties, Conferences and Parades

Pride events include parties on Hilton Beach, the first National Conference of the Gay Community, exhibitions at the Abraham Hostel and street displays in Old Jaffa, culminating in the flagship Pride Parade on Friday

Pride 2019 events in Tel Aviv are taking place under the slogan “The Struggle Continues.” Events include parties on Hilton Beach, lectures, conferences for the LGBT community, the first national conference of the gay community, cultural events, exhibitions, and of course the flagship Pride Parade on Friday.

As every year, the Hilton Tel Aviv Beach will be decorated in rainbow colors for Pride Month and there are huge parties taking place there every day.

What’s Going on for Tel Aviv Pride 2019? The Shows, Parties, Conferences and Parades

Tel Aviv Pride 2021

various venues Garden Mair, Tel Aviv, Israel | map

Please note that some events may be canceled in line with local government advice. Please check the venue or event’s own website for the latest information. Stay safe and follow the local authority’s guidance in order to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus.

Tel Aviv Pride 2021 now has a provisional date. Tel Aviv is known as the “Manhattan of the Middle East.” It’s one of the best cities in the world for gay travellers. Tel Aviv Pride attracts people from all over the world.

This annual festival showcases music, drag shows and speeches from the Tel Aviv LGBT+ community. Keep updated on forthcoming plans Tel Aviv Pride 2021 right here! We will be updating our page with all the latest information.

Make travel plans early if you’re planning to be in Tel Aviv for Pride. Check our list of top hotels in Tel Aviv for gay travellers.

Tel Aviv Pride 2021

Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade. June 12, 2020

Tel Aviv Gay Pride has become one of the biggest events of the year in Tel Aviv. Visitors from all over Israel and the world come out in full force to celebrate. The city lights up in color and energy, proving its reputation as the Gay Capital of the Middle East, and perhaps even one of the Gay Capitals of the World. Tel Aviv Gay Pride Week takes place every June, with a surge of gay-friendly events taking place across the city, culminating on the Friday with the famed pride parade. The 2020 Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade will take place on June 12.

Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade. June 12, 2020

Pride parade kicks off in Tel Aviv with partyers, protesters

Largest gay pride parade in Mideast draws hundreds of thousands of revelers to streets of Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV, Israel — The largest gay pride parade in the Middle East drew hundreds of thousands of revelers and demonstrators from all over to the streets of Tel Aviv on Friday.

Drag queens and rainbow-clad marchers streamed through the coastal city, posing for selfies and beating drums. Shirtless men kissed on floats blasting electro beats.

„Every day it feels like you are alone in the struggle. It’s empowering to have this event,“ said Ofek Grossman, a local gay 21-year-old.

Support for gay rights is increasingly widespread in Israel, where gay people serve openly in the military and parliament. Yet they haven’t attained full equality.

Some marchers carried signs mocking members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing, religious government for restricting same-sex couples‘ marriage and parental rights. A group of young demonstrators chanted „homophobia begins in government halls.“

Jewish ultra-Orthodox parties, which wield significant influence over matters of religion and state, oppose homosexuality as a violation of Jewish religious law.

Still, broad cultural acceptance for the community has helped Israel emerge as one of the world’s most gay-friendly travel destinations, with secular Tel Aviv in particular celebrated as a hub of gay culture, in sharp contrast to the rest of the Middle East where LGBT visibility is often not tolerated or persecuted.

„People think we (in Israel) are a sort of war zone,“ said Oshrat Itzhaki, 43, adding that it was important for „people to see that there are other things here, and that the gay community is part of the country even though it’s fighting for its rights, and that it’s super fun here.“

Israel’s reputation as an LGBT haven has caused critics to accuse the country of „pink washing,“ or using its tolerance for liberal gay culture as a branding tool to conceal its violations of Palestinian rights.

Friday’s celebration, headlined by TV star Neil Patrick Harris, culminates a month of LGBT events across the country and marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, widely regarded as having fueled the fire of the global movement.

Yoni Kozmiski, a 31-year-old tourist from Australia who said he travels the world for gay pride events, described Tel Aviv’s annual parade as „the pinnacle.“

„It’s not a spectator sport,“ he said. „Everyone marches. It’s really inclusive.“

Pride parade kicks off in Tel Aviv with partyers, protesters

Tel Aviv Gay Pride Events 2020

Tel Aviv Gay Pride 2020 is set to be the party of the year, filled with welcoming vibes, bright colors, a unique atmosphere and of course, fun! As one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, Tel Aviv Pride Week is an event not to be missed, bringing both tourists and locals alike together. Countless parties, events, and celebrations can be found throughout the city, here are some the events worth checking out during Tel Aviv Pride 2020 – not only in one of the many gay bars in Tel Aviv.

Zehntausende feiern bei Gay-Pride-Parade in Tel Aviv

In der israelischen Stadt sind die Menschen zur größten Gay-Pride-Parade des Nahen Ostens zusammengeströmt. Homosexuelle, Transsexuelle und Bisexuelle feierten bei sommerlichen Temperaturen und in farbenfrohen Kostümen.

A Guide to Celebrating Tel Aviv Pride

Known as the gay capital of the Middle East, the coastal city of Tel Aviv celebrates Israel’s LGBTQ community in Tel Aviv Pride, a week-long series of unmissable events.

The first celebratory Pride Parade took place in 1993, more than two decades after the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, New York, marking a monumental turning point in LGBTQ rights. Since then, the week-long Tel Aviv Pride celebration has been organising concerts, film screenings and street parties, and draws one of the biggest crowds in the world.

“As a religious country, Israel’s population is conservative about sexuality, adding further difficulties to people coming out as gay, especially those living in religious sects and in Jerusalem,” explains Slav Leibin, founder of Rainbow Tour TLV. However, he recognises that there has been a growing acceptance of the LGBTQ community in recent years.

In 1974, a protest known as the ‘Masks Parade’ took place in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, the largest public square in the city. During the demonstration, 20 gay men and one heterosexual woman donned masks and marched for the rights of the homosexual community. This triggered a series of events that led to a revolutionary decision in 1988 to overturn the ban on same-sex acts in Israel.

Over the following three decades, a number of new laws came into effect further protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community. These included the 1993 act promising equality in the recruitment of LGBTQ people into the army; the 2000 Supreme Court ruling that allows same-sex couples to be officially recognised as adoptive parents; and from 2006, the registration of marriages for gay couples performed abroad.

The first March for Pride and Tolerance in Jerusalem was held in 2002, and today, this march is one of the most prominent civil-rights events in the city. During the march, thousands take to the streets, including religious members of the LGBTQ community, in an act of solidarity with the continued fight for equal rights and security.

Tel Aviv Pride Week 2021

Fri 11 June 2021 | xTel Aviv – Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv,

*Due to the current Corona situation, The Pride Parade along with Pride Week have been postponed until further notice. Discussions have been made about rescheduling to August, stay tuned for updates.*

Tel Aviv is one of the most gay friendly cities in the world! That means that Pride Week in Tel Aviv is a colorful, joyful and crazy week, impossible to miss! There are many parties, meetups, raves all kinds of events to celebrate Pride! Get your glad rags on as the High Holidays of Tel Aviv’s thriving LGBT community are upon us and all are invited to celebrate! Happy Pride Everyone!

Tel Aviv Pride Guide 2020

Welcome to Tel Aviv, one of the most gay friendly cities in the world and the gay Mecca of the Middle East! Pride Week in Tel Aviv is a colorful, joyful and crazy week, impossible to miss! There are many parties, meetups, raves all kinds of events to celebrate Pride, so get ready for a unforgettable experience!

To make your holiday even better, we made a list of all the things you can’t miss this week, from where to stay to where to party. Happy pride everyone! (Picture credit: Niv Glazman – check out his Instragram)

Where are the best places to eat and drink in Tel Aviv?

Tel Aviv is any foodies paradise, and after all the partying you will need a good and substantial meal, check out our Food and Drink Guides, we have everything from Tel Aviv’s Best Breakfast for the best after after-party, to Tel Aviv’s Best Gay Bars and Parties for the best places to grab a drink and meet some people. Click here to check out all the guides.

What to do during the week?

Apart from all the Pride Special Events (keep scrolling down), Tel Aviv is full of cool things to do! One the favorite activities in the city is going to the beach to relax, play Matkot, do some water sports or meet people, don’t miss Tel Aviv’s Gay Beach (in front of the Hilton Hotel), check out our Top Things to Do in Tel Aviv guide for more ideas!

Tel Aviv is not known as the “gay capital of the Middle East” for nothing, and the city’s Pride Parade is certainly known as a wild one.

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Participants will need their dancing flip-flops, as they drift through a wealth of artists, DJs and food-sellers. It’s the perfect place for people to meet, including liaisons pre-arranged through the city’s gay dating app, Atraf. For LGBT+ visitors, there are some ‘must’ places to go, things to do and people to be seen with. The prized TLV19 bracelet, purchased through the Atraf website, will get you into the best parties.

When it comes to bars, you could do worse than head for

Location-wise, you can walk to most small gay clubs from here but, for the mega parties, you’ll need a taxi. If you’re looking for sultry stretches of Mediterranean sand, head for , which was picked as one of the top 10 gay beaches in the world. If you’re looking to bathe ALL your body in the sun, head slightly down the coast to Ga’ash Beach, named after the nearby kibbutz.

The best bodies are made in the gym, of course, and some gyms will be of more interest to LGBT+ visitors than others.

Three that spring athletically to mind include the

Israel continues to be at the forefront of gay rights, and the LGBTQ movement worldwide. There are countless opportunities to be involved in the LGBTQ community, specifically in Tel Aviv.

The Gay Centre was founded as a safe environment for LGBTQ individuals. There, people receive support and find opportunities to engage with the community. The centre has full-time employed staff, as well as interns, and volunteers who head and organise events all over the city. The Gay Centre is the primary leader and facilitator of gay programmes and initiatives within Israel. The leaders are exceptionally welcoming and invite everyone to take part in the spectrum of services and activities available.

In 2012, Russia passed a law banning all public LGBT “propaganda”. Subsequent to the law, it was decided to ban all gay prides in the country for the next 100 years. Instead of waiting for 2112, Kok Schok has initiated a joint venture with Popoff Kitchen, the gay party line from Moscow, to hold the 2019 Russian Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv.

The parade is a protest against Russia’s harsh policy breaching human rights in general, and LGBT rights in particular. Kok Schok says it is “an act of solidarity with our Russian friends in their struggle”.

A hot minute before the parade hits off, you can turn up for drag shows, local LGBTQ businesses boots and some uplifting speeches.

The parade will launch from Ben Zion – Melchett towards Bograshov St, Ben Yehuda and the Herbert Samual Promenade.

Beginning at noon till the evening, you can expect a parade of artists and DJ sets alongside food stands and pride merchandise.

TLV19 Pride Party bracelet gives you access to the best event sand parties

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The conference will deal with issues affecting the lives of LGBT community members in the public, business and cultural arenas. Participants include Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel, Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz, Ofra Strauss; Facebook Israel CEO Adi Sofer Taani; SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum and singer Ivri Lider.

After the conference there will be a ceremony at the Tel Aviv Museum where the Shulamit Aloni Awards will be presented to individuals who aren’t members of the LGBT community who have made special contributions to advancing equal rights and tolerant discourse.

The day before the Pride Parade, there will be consciousness-raising events about the LGBT community’s situation, marking a year since the large protest and general strike in support of the community. There will be protests throughout Tel Aviv and dozens of events, educational activities, distribution of explanatory materials, discussion groups and more.

To mark Pride Week, Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv is opening its doors and holding two exhibitions that correspond to the issue of gay pride. The first is called “The Perfect Flower,” by artist Gili Levinson, which displays photos of flowers with two reproductive organs while dealing with sexuality and gender. The second is an exhibit by Sigal Miller called “Touch Me,” a display of charcoal drawings that deal with feelings and relationships that cross gender lines.

The “Out of the Box” exhibition features the works of 45 artists from the gay community on the street of Old Jaffa. The works allow the creators to make their authentic voices heard, while leaving room to conduct a discussion centered on the “commonality” of the gay community.

You can find a full list of parties here. Below are our recommendations for the best parties in town:

The bear necessities: The opening Pride event of the men-only, bears party “Beef Charge” will have several dance floors, dark rooms and cruising areas. DJs Juanma Escudero from Spain, Ilan Leibovits from Tel Aviv and Guy Scheiman from the U.S will be commanding the dance floors.

You better WERK: WERK, the relatively new drag night with DJ Daniel Maruima on stage and lots of performances by local drag queens such as Gallina Port Des Bras, will hold its Pride special tonight. 

Je ne regrette rien: The techno party for men only “JIZZ – A pride to regret” will be held at the Alphabet club, with DJs such as Dor Zipori and E-bony on stage, as well as a darkroom.

The Spanish transposition: The people behind the popular and established “Forever Tel Aviv” parties will open their 2019 Pride with a „Matinee Pervert” party at the Haoman 17 nightclub in southern Tel Aviv. According to the organizers, the event will feature „the notorious party line of Matinee from Barcelona in a night filled with kinky surprises, large-sized sex shows & international porn stars alongside the Matinees DJ stars & an active, perverted sexy dark room directly from Europe.” The lineup will include Udi Dadush, Phil Romano and Flavio Zarza from Barcelona. 

The kibbutz never looked hotter: The people behind the annual Waterpark party and the organizers of “Forever Tel Aviv” come together for another wet and sunny party at the Shefayim Waterpark in Kibbutz Shefaym. Shuttle bus services will be available to take partygoers from Tel Aviv. Don’t forget to drink water and put on your sunscreen and pair of water wings.

Malibu, baby!: Ignore the superficial muscle guys in Speedos all around and just enjoy the special performance of non other than Trinity the Tuck Taylor who will be at Papa & Gym’s „Game of Crowns” party at Hangar 17, 17 Ben Avigdor Street

Rebels, for 18 hours straight: The queer, techno and alternative “Kok Schok” party will celebrate Pride with two special events: its annual protest party, “F**k Pride,” will start at midnight at the Artclub, and an alternative water park party will start at 10 A.M. the following day at the same location. The daytime party will include a pool, DJs and a drag show from Thailand, as well as Thai food and cocktails.

1 day, 3 nights: “The PAG,” an alternative, raunchy and sexy party, will have several events at the Alphabet Club, the Gamma and Phi. They promise „sexy surprises, daring performers and rabbits in the toilets.” For more details on the different parties: 

Forever, once again: The main Pride party of “Forever Tel Aviv” will be held on Friday with the most extravagant production and decoration. The playlist will include DJs Sagi Kariv and Tomer Maizner.

Gimme Offer Nissim!: If you love his latest remixes for Madonna’s “Medellín” and Cher’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” you should definitely head to Offer Nissim’s live DJ set at Park Hayarkon the day after the Pride Parade. With surprise guests.

Tel Aviv Pride – A city pride by the beach!

Tel Aviv Pride takes place on the second weekend of June. City officials who support the organisation of the event are expecting more than 100,000 people to take part.

The beach party will feature the best sets by Tel Aviv’s finest DJ’s and live performances by Israeli and international artists.

Tel Aviv’s Pride events are reaching their peak on Friday 11th June, 2011, with a series of huge events.

Tel Aviv Pride week will feature a variety of events, parties and shows dedicated the LGBTQ community.

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Details of the Parade

10:00 Event in Ben Zion Avenue: Shows, activities for the whole family, stalls

12:00 Launching of the Parade from Sderot Ben Zion. The parade will go down Bograshov Street, turn right on Hayarkon, and then turn left on Frishman to Herbert Samuel, and then head down the beach for a large party in Charles Clore Park.

14:00 A party in Charles Clore: The best of the DJs, and a family and youth complex

If you’re planning to visit Tel Aviv for the 2020 Gay Pride, check out our Tel Aviv Pride Package Tours. They feature visits to the highlights of Israel as well as time to soak in all that pride has to offer. Of course, Gay Pride Week is not the only week where gay life is big in Tel Aviv. The city has a sizable gay population and is popular with visitors throughout the year. Check out our introduction to gay Tel Aviv for beginners for more information. And find all Tel Aviv Pride Events here. If you’re looking for accommodation, have a look at these best places to stay in Tel Aviv during Pride Week.

About Tel Aviv Gay Pride

Tel Aviv Gay Pride has become one of the hottest pride celebrations in the LGBTQ calendar. Tens of thousands of gay guys and gals from around the world come to enjoy Tel Aviv Gay Pride in Israel each year, enjoying roughly two weeks‘ worth of events and parties with plenty of sun, sea, and boys. Don’t forget to pack your Speedos! Usually taking place in June, Tel Aviv Gay Pride culminates to an incredible Pride Parade, which attracts roughly 250,000 party punters each year. The impressive figure has not gone unnoticed, and since 2019, the Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade has been considered the biggest in Asia.  

The very first Tel Aviv Gay Pride took place as far back as 1979, with a protest gathering at Rabin Square. While this was not technically a Pride in the sense that a parade did not transpire, it was the first time LGBTQ people publicy protested against the social and political context of the time, bringing to light pertinent issues for the local LGBTQ community. Following these demonstrations, LGBTQ rights progressed in Israel, with homosexuality being decriminalized in 1988. This positive shift set the precedence for the inaugural Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade, which took place a few years later in 1993. 

While Tel Aviv Gay Pride is proud of its political past, many believe the annual Pride is now a social-entertainment event and street celebration. The main celebrations usually take place on the final weekend of Tel Aviv Gay Pride, with a massive Pride Parade along the seafront, followed by an incredible afterparty on the beach. Tel Aviv is a gay hotspot at the best of times, so it comes as no surprise that the city’s annual pride goes off. We hope we’ll be seeing you there for some partying on the sand! 

Program for Tel Aviv Gay Pride

The following is the event program for 2020. Stay tuned for the 2021 program. 

The main celebrations of Tel Aviv Pride take place on Friday, June 14, with a host of drag shows, parties, and of course the Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade. The festivities will kick off at 10am, with a large fair at the Meir Garden (Gan Me’ir), with music, drag shows and speeches. 

The Parade starts at 12pm, departing from the crossroads of Ben Tsiyon Boulevard and Melchette Street. It travels along the beautiful streets of Tel Aviv, towards the city’s Charles Clore Beach. It’s here that the famous beach party is held all afternoon until the sun goes down. Expect DJs, artistic performances, and a whole heap of new people to meet. Along with this, there will be various food stands where you can grab a bite to eat mid-dancing. 

2019 will mark 21 years since Tel Aviv’s first pride, and 31 years since gay sex restrictions were politically abolished. With a strong theme and some round-the-clock partying, why not take part in Tel Aviv Gay Pride 2019?

Where to stay during Tel Aviv Gay Pride

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Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance 2020 – June 6

The March for Pride and Tolerance stands as the biggest and most influential civil rights movement in Jerusalem that has been taking place for over 15 years. The Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance is symbolic of freedom, protection, personal security, and equal and human rights. This free event is important for the LGBTQ community and welcomes everyone to join.

Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parties from 2019 – parties for 2020 coming soon!

UNDER52-SPECIAL K at Under52 including DJErez Ben Ishay, Special K – June 11

WATERPARK at Shefayim Water Park – June 13 during the day

GAZE PRIDE at Pasáž – June 13 Taking place at Pasáž nightclub, a welcoming party in the Tel Aviv underground showcasing House, Afro and Electro music. DJS, Anna Lann, Omer Sagee and Nadav Dav Dav will be pumping tunes all night long.

CROSS 25 – PRIDE at Bascula (HaRakevet 72) Tel Aviv Drag Show. Tickets are 50 NIS – June 13

MEGA PRIDE TEL-AVIV 2019 at Duplex Club (10 HaShakh Street, Tel Aviv) Tickets are 100 NIS – June 13

PAPA & GYM TEL AVIV PRIDE 2019 at Hangar 17 (Ben Avigdor 17) with special guest Trinity the Tuck from RuPauls Drag Race and DJ Tomo Woodland PAPA Resident , DJ Ron Shmuel (GYM), DJ Adir Ron (GYM) – June 13

FOREVER MASSIVE MAIN PARTY at Tel Aviv Conventions Center – June 14

Tel Aviv Gay Pride Events from 2019 – events for 2020 coming soon!

A Proud Mass Wedding – June 4 This is a first for pride events, hosted by the TLV LGBTQ Center, a proud wedding! Taking place in Sarona, a peaceful protest and demonstration in a country where same-sex marriage is not permitted, a giant wedding celebration will take place.

WigStock – June 7 Visiting from New York, The Drag circus is a staple event of pride and a part of Tel Aviv’s Annual Drag Festival and hosted by TLV LGBTQ Center, this free event will be at 14:00 at Litzman, Tel Aviv.

Annual Family Picnic in Gan Meir – June 8 The annual family picnic, which has quickly become a tradition, will be held for the 8th time in Gan Meir. This is a family friendly pride event in Tel Aviv and a great opportunity to meet new friends, from all types of families and from all over the country! The picnic starts at 9:30 am and will offer activities for all ages including jamboree for toddlers, play tables, quiet reading areas, creative activities, dancing and more.

Eurovision Opera Show at NYX Hotel – June 9 A special Pride Eurovision event showcasing nostalgic music from some of the greatest songs ever performed during Eurovision. Doors open at 19:30

The First National Conference of the LGBT – June 11 A monumental first in Israel, the gay community has launched a national conference to discuss, explore and evaluate the central issues concerning the community in Israel’s major areas of activity – LGBT. This meaningful conference is meant to bring about awareness, conversation and understanding to shed light on the struggle of the community and demand for equal rights. The event will be 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Cameri Theatre – Shaul HaMelech Boulevard 19, Tel Aviv

Together We Rise: LGBTech’s Pride Fundraising Gala – June 12 A Fundraising Gala in celebration of community, equality, this event will honor the achievements of the LGBT+ community’s most senior executives from Israel and abroad, as well as the achievements of the community itself. Taking place at the Lighthouse by Brown (Ben Yehuda 1) the event will include open bar, food, guest speakers, DJ, networking and much more. Tickets available online

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Screening – June 13 Interactive screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, one of the biggest cult movies of all time, perfectly scheduled the night before the Pride Parade. The event will take place at the Center of Music.

Offer Nissim Live in Concert for PRIDE Tel Aviv 2019 An exciting live concert performance by Offer Nissim taking place in HaYarkon Park. 6 hours of live stage shows with new songs and old classic hits. Concert ‏starts at 15:00. Tickets online.

More Tel Aviv Pride events and parties will be updated soon. To learn more about Gay Pride 2019, check out Pride Toursbest hotels to stay in Tel Aviv during Pride.

To explore Tel Aviv during Pride, check out our Tel Aviv Urban Tour – Architecture, Food and Street Art.

Coming to Israel for Pride? Why not book a Tel Aviv Pride Package Tour? Experience the best of Pride while making the most of your time in Israel and experience all that the country has to offer. Whether you only have 4 days, or you have up to 8 or 11 days, you will create lasting memories and make lifelong friends.

LGBTQI-Community verlangt gleiche Rechte

Die Teilnehmer der Gay-Pride-Parade forderten gleiche Rechte für Schwule, Lesben, Bi- und Transsexuelle, Queere und Intersexuelle (LGBTQI). Tel Avivs Bürgermeister Ron Chuldai sagte: „Ich verspreche euch, dass wir nicht aufgeben und dass wir weiter kämpfen werden, bis wir die volle Gleichberechtigung im Staat Israel sehen.“

Viertelmillion Menschen auf den Straßen

Rund 250.000 Teilnehmer waren nach Angaben der Stadt in diesem Jahr bei der Gay-Pride-Parade dabei. Für Sicherheit sorgten Hunderte Polizisten. Vor vier Jahren hatte einstrengreligiöser Jude bei der Gay-Pride-Parade in Jerusalem eine 16-Jährige erstochen.

Stadt der Toleranz und Diversität

Die Gay-Pride-Parade fand erstmals 1998 in Tel Aviv statt. Die Küstenmetropole gilt als die der LGBTQI-Community gegenüber toleranteste Stadt im Nahen Osten. Mit dem jährlichen Treffen pflegt Tel Aviv dieses Image.

LGBTQI grundsätzlich akzeptiert

Die Akzeptanz unterschiedlicher sexueller Orientierungen ist in Israel recht weit fortgeschritten. Gleichgeschlechtliche Paare können jedoch nicht heiraten, und es gibt Probleme bei Adoption und Leihmutterschaft. Strengreligiöse Parteien haben zudem großen Einfluss in der Regierung von Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu.

LGBTQI-Community verlangt gleiche Rechte

Die Teilnehmer der Gay-Pride-Parade forderten gleiche Rechte für Schwule, Lesben, Bi- und Transsexuelle, Queere und Intersexuelle (LGBTQI). Tel Avivs Bürgermeister Ron Chuldai sagte: „Ich verspreche euch, dass wir nicht aufgeben und dass wir weiter kämpfen werden, bis wir die volle Gleichberechtigung im Staat Israel sehen.“

Viertelmillion Menschen auf den Straßen

Rund 250.000 Teilnehmer waren nach Angaben der Stadt in diesem Jahr bei der Gay-Pride-Parade dabei. Für Sicherheit sorgten Hunderte Polizisten. Vor vier Jahren hatte einstrengreligiöser Jude bei der Gay-Pride-Parade in Jerusalem eine 16-Jährige erstochen.

Stadt der Toleranz und Diversität

Die Gay-Pride-Parade fand erstmals 1998 in Tel Aviv statt. Die Küstenmetropole gilt als die der LGBTQI-Community gegenüber toleranteste Stadt im Nahen Osten. Mit dem jährlichen Treffen pflegt Tel Aviv dieses Image.

LGBTQI grundsätzlich akzeptiert

Die Akzeptanz unterschiedlicher sexueller Orientierungen ist in Israel recht weit fortgeschritten. Gleichgeschlechtliche Paare können jedoch nicht heiraten, und es gibt Probleme bei Adoption und Leihmutterschaft. Strengreligiöse Parteien haben zudem großen Einfluss in der Regierung von Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu.

Zunehmende Attacken auf LGBT+ in der Türkei17.03.2021

Mitglieder der LGBT+-Community haben in der Türkei einen schweren Stand: Anfeindungen und Angriffe nehmen zu, doch werden sie kaum geahndet. Und die Regierung in Ankara schürt das feindselige Klima zusätzlich.

New York feiert 50 Jahre Gay Pride30.06.2019

Hunderttausende Menschen haben in New York mit einer schillernden Parade an die Unruhen vor dem Stonewall Inn in der Christopher Street vor 50 Jahren erinnert – unterstützt von Stars wie Madonna und Lady Gaga.

250,000 expected at annual event that concludes month of LGBTQ activities; major streets closed; top activist says while march is happy, discrimination is ongoing

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Hizki said that this year “over 40 parades and other events are taking place, an unprecedented number. The gay community is an inseparable part of Israeli society and we won’t let it be ignored.”

Gay couples cannot get married in Israel, though the government recognizes unions performed elsewhere. They also do not have the same rights to surrogacy as straight couples. And transgender people continue to report discrimination and have often suffered abuse in public.

Politicians in attendance included Labor’s Shelly Yachimovich, Stav Shaffir and Amir Peretz, Meretz head Tamar Zandberg and Blue and White’s Miki Haimovich, Idan Roll and Eitan Ginzburg.

New Justice Minister Amir Ohana, the country’s first openly gay minister, also took part, and President Reuven Rivlin sent a message of support.

For the first time, Friday’s parade began from Ben Zion Boulevard, not Gan Meir, home to the city’s LGBTQ community center, due to the large number of expected participants.

The parade route went down Ben Zion Boulevard to Bograshov Street before hitting the seaside promenade. More than a dozen sponsored floats were set to meander down the promenade, boasting DJs, elaborate costumes, and plenty of alcohol, to the final party at Charles Clore Park near the beach.

Tel Aviv’s parade is the largest in the Middle East and one of the 10 largest Pride parades in the world.

The annual Pride parade is the boisterous end to more than 45 Pride-related events across Tel Aviv, including the first National Conference on LGBTQ issues as well as art exhibitions, lectures, and plenty of parties at nightclubs and bars.

Several hundred police and volunteers will be on hand, a fraction of the massive police force called in to protect Jerusalem’s more tense annual parade last week.

The Tourism Ministry estimates that 25,000 to 30,000 people come from abroad to participate in Israel’s Pride events, injecting some NIS 162 million ($45 million) into the local economy. The ministry spends NIS 320 million ($89 million) on advertising Israeli tourism to gay audiences, including for Pride Week.

In the past, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community activists have been critical of the large budget for tourism marketing compared to the paltry budget for community activities.

Among the throngs celebrating in Tel Aviv will be American actor Neil Patrick Harris, who is this year’s International Pride Ambassador.

“I agreed to be International Ambassador on the condition that my children would start calling me that as well, but it hasn’t caught on,” Harris said at a press conference ahead of the parade.

“It’s going to be a fun day,” said Harris, known for his roles on TV’s “How I met your Mother” and “Doogie Howser M.D.”

“I’ll be the guy dancing with his shirt off on one of those floats,” he joked.

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Tel Aviv 2019 events

Tel Aviv Pride attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the city in a week-long celebration of the flourishing LGBTQ community in Israel and abroad.

The annual TLVFest at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque has a schedule of international LGBTQ-focussed films. The festival also hosts special talks with Israeli and international filmmakers, panel discussions and other film-related events.

A series of Gay Bus tours across Israel will be run by Outstanding Travel in celebration of Tel Aviv Pride, including visits to Tel Aviv and Jaffa, Jerusalem, Masada and the Dead Sea and the biblical Galilee.

The city’s clubs, bars and streets host parties every night of the week. A special TLV19 wristband can be worn to gain access to a choice of three or five parties, and there is also a VIP option with additional benefits. Wristbands can be collected at the Diesel store on Shenkin Street during Pride Week.

Rainbow Tour TLV was launched with a mission to uncover the stories and secrets of the LGBTQ community in Tel Aviv. Its two-hour Pride Tour takes place throughout Pride Week, and includes historical information, a snapshot of the LGBTQ scene and a visit to a number of pride-related sites. Tickets can be purchased online.

The annual Forever Tel Aviv event hosts five parties over four days of Pride Week: the ‘Pervert’ party at Haoman 17; a daytime event at Shefayim Water Park; the ‘We’ Party at Haoman 17; the ‘Forever Massive Party’ at the Tel Aviv Convention Center; and the ‘Forever Hamsa’ party at Haoman 17. Two bracelet packages are available here.

As the main draw and the closing event of Tel Aviv Pride, this parade draws hundreds of thousands of people. More than 250,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event, with the party kicking off at 10am with drag shows, music and speeches. Commencing from the intersection of Ben Tsiyon Boulevard and Melchett Street, the parade heads towards Bograshov Street, Ben Yehuda Street and on to the Herbert Samuel Promenade, before reaching the main party at Charles Clore Park at 2pm. DJs and food stands add to the carnival atmosphere and the fun goes on well into the evening.

The day after the Pride Parade, celebrated Israeli DJ and 1998 Eurovision winner Offer Nissim hosts a live concert to a crowd of thousands. Usually held at the International Convention Center, previous events have featured special guests including prominent singer Maya Simantov.

The 2019 Pride Week in Tel Aviv takes place from 9 to 16 June 2019.

Tel Aviv Pride Parade

Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade usually takes place at one of the Fridays in June (Pride Parade 2017 will be on June 9th), and it’s the closing event of the Tel Aviv Pride Week. Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade is a celebration of color, music and the right to love who ever you want! For those of you who never attended, you should, as this Parade is one of the most colorful and happy events that Israel has to offer.

Where are the best places to eat and drink in Tel Aviv?

Tel Aviv is any foodies paradise, and after all the partying you will need a good and substantial meal, check out our Food and Drink Guides, we have everything from Tel Aviv’s Best Breakfast for the best after after-party, to Tel Aviv’s Best Gay Bars and Parties for the best places to grab a drink and meet some people. Click here to check out all the guides.

What to do during the week?

Apart from all the Pride Special Events (keep scrolling down), Tel Aviv is full of cool things to do! One the favorite activities in the city is going to the beach to relax, play Matkot, do some water sports or meet people, don’t miss Tel Aviv’s Gay Beach (in front of the Hilton Hotel), check out our Top Things to Do in Tel Aviv guide for more ideas!

Looking for more ideas? 

Check out hugely important resource for the LGBT community in Tel Aviv, based in Gan Meir. The Gay Center was established in 2008 under the premise that every person regardless of age, race, or gender has the right to live freely. The Gay Center exists as a safe environment for LGBT individuals to seek resources and stay connected with the LGBT community.

9-16/6 – Shpagat Pride @ Tel Aviv’s #1 Gay Bar

It’s that time of the year again. the month in which the whole city is painted in our colors, optimism and pure exicitement are in the air and it feels like everything is falling into place. The title of this year’s celebration is LET US BE (all) year long, because enough is enough. It’s 2019 and we’re sick and tired of fighting court orders and legalisations. We just want to be. Really be. All year, and not just during pride month. Read more.

5-15/6 – TLVFest

Here it happens! The gay film festival returns to another ten days of proud cinema from around the world, guests and guests, drag queens, and parties. We thank our amazing audience that comes year after year to watch the proud and exciting work! Read More.

The First National Conference of the LGBT @ Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv

For the first time in Israel’s history, the gay community has launched a national conference aimed at discussing the central issues that concern the members of the community in Israel’s major areas of activity – ILGBT. Read More.

Dreck Pride 2019 @ Hangar 23

We’ve been waiting a whole year for this week – and it is finally here!!! PRIDE WEEK!!!! Get ready for some hardcore action that will drive your gaydar and grindr completely mad! Read More.

Lesbians Who Tech @ Rothschild 22

Lesbians Who Tech + Allies invite you to join us at our annual pride gathering, Canadian Ambassador to Israel, Her Excellency Deborah Lyons, will honor us in her presence and share remarks. Read more.

Looking for more ideas? 

Check out hugely important resource for the LGBT community in Tel Aviv, based in Gan Meir. The Gay Center was established in 2008 under the premise that every person regardless of age, race, or gender has the right to live freely. The Gay Center exists as a safe environment for LGBT individuals to seek resources and stay connected with the LGBT community.

Recommended Hotels in Tel Aviv

Gay life permeates every part of Tel Aviv and venues are scattered across the city, however the gay beach is the main focus of gay life during the day, at Hilton Head. We have picked hotels that are a short taxi ride from most of the popular venues such as Evita.

Hilton Tel Aviv 4 StarBy the gay beach

This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Set within the Independence Park and providing direct access to Hilton Beach and Tel Aviv promenade, the Hilton Tel Aviv features a large outdoor salt water pool.

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