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Tens of thousands — 150,000, according to the— paraded Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel, part of the 25th yearly edition of the Middle East’s largest LGBT .
The Associated Press (AP) described a celebratory mood, drawing a distinction with aon June 1, where police deployed over 2,000 officers for security. International visitors joined the event in the thousands.
Israeli Ohad Huri, who dyed his beard the rainbow colors, told the AP: “I’m a minority. I want to save my rights. I want to fight for the rights of other minorities. I want equality. That’s about it.
The Times of Israel interviewed Omer Elad, the head of a local transgender group, who said the parade was “especially” important given Israel’s political situation. National Security Ministerhas previously protested the festival, , a deputy minister, questioned its legality and Finance Minister has called himself a “proud homophobe”.
The AP considered Israel relatively accepting of LGBT people, in contrast to other Middle Eastern countries.