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Tel Aviv – Celebrating Pride in the Middle East

by Viktor Bogatko – SGN Contributing Writer Vibrant is the best way to describe Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Pride Parade last Friday that attracted more than 100,000 participants. Shirtless Israeli men, colorfully dressed drag queens, and countless partygoers celebrated Pride through central Tel Aviv as many thousands of people took part in the city’s annual Gay Pride Parade, the largest of its kind in the Middle East. In a sea of rainbow clothing and accessories, participants wearing plain apparel were the ones who stuck out the most at this event. ‘I should have worn a neon orange reflector!’ said one such attendee, who smiled blushingly in her gray shirt. ‘I seem to be a clothing outsider here.’ With a Gay scene that competes with all Gay capitols around the world, a stunning beach, spectacular weather, delicious food, and many other attractions, Tel Aviv is the Gay mecca of the Middle East. The city was v

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