200,000 party in Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade, regions biggest

June 3, 2016 3:22 PM

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200,000 party in Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade, regions biggest

TEL AVIV, Israel – Colorfully-dressed drag queens and bare-chested muscular men on floats are partying alongside thousands of others from the LGBT community at Tel Aviv's annual gay pride parade, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East.

Israel is widely tolerant of gay people, and Tel Aviv has emerged as one of the world's most gay-friendly travel destinations. The city stands in sharp contrast to much of the region, where people are persecuted and may even be killed because of their sexuality.

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