Tel Aviv is Celebrating Pride Month 2020
*City filled with virtual and alternative festivities*
*Tel Aviv Municipality to recognize unmarried couples including same-sex couples as family units*
Tel Aviv Pride Month takes place every year in June, with a surge of gay-friendly events taking place across the city. The Tel Aviv Pride Parade has become the largest one among all in the Middle East. In light of the Corona pandemic, the four largest pride parades in Israel- Haifa, Jerusalem, Be’er Sheva and Tel Aviv-Yafo jointly decided to postpone their prospective parades, hoping they will be able to take place later in the summer of 2020. Pride month, June 2020, will still be marked in Tel Aviv via virtual and alternative celebrations and the whole city is already filled with pride flags.
In addition, the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality announced on Sunday that unmarried couples, including same-sex couples will be registered as family units, which will make bureaucratic processes at the municipality, such as the enrolment of children in the city's educational institutions, easier.
Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: “Even if we cannot hold the traditional pride parade this year, we will mark pride month with alternative events. Tel Aviv, which has already been acknowledged as the world’s most gay-friendly city will continue to be a lighthouse city – spreading the values of freedom, tolerance and democracy to the world.”
Etai Pinkas-Arad, A City Council Member in charge of the LGBTQ Portfolio: "By recognizing unmarried same-sex couples as a family unit, The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality clearly states that equality is a basic right. The community's long road to equality continues - pride and love will prevail."
Tel Aviv’s Pride Parade is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading LGBTQ events, attracting thousands of visitors from around the globe. Last year's parade attracted over 250,000 people from around the world and Tel Aviv was voted by Logo TV as The Best International City for Pride and by the Independent as one of the Best Holiday Destinations for LGBT Travellers.
Pride 2020 Alternative Events:
Queer Artists And Drag Queens City Takeover
Thursday June 25th| All day long
Celebrate the many colors of Tel Aviv! On June 25th, over 100 drag queens and queer artists will take over the city’s streets in honor of pride month. Throughout the day, live shows will surprise passersby in central locations around the city, including open spaces, restaurants, local businesses and rooftops. Prepare your camera; you won't want to miss this glamorous event.
Pride Month Virtual Tour
Thursday June 25th | 8pm
Tel Aviv is going viral- for pride month! Celebrate pride month with us on a virtual tour through some of the city's queerest landmarks. We will explore the city's queer history and culture, engage with some of our local divas and discuss some of the open questions around LGBTQA life here. Come show your true colors and let us take you over the rainbow!
Pride 2019 photos (Credit: Courtesy of Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, Guy Yechiel)
**Stay up to date on Tel Aviv and additional Pride events: https://visit.tel-aviv.gov.il/
Head of International Press
Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality