Viva la Tel Aviv (and France)

Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau

by Arsen Ostrovsky

Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality has just announced that Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau, the first Gay couple to be legally married in France last month, will be special guests of honor at the City’s Pride Parade this Friday!

Autin and Boileau will be in Tel Aviv especially to attend the Pride Parade. In addition to the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, the couple is also being hosted by the French Embassy in Israel.

This year’s Parade will be marking 20 years of pride in the city. From its humble beginnings in 1998, today the parade has become a major annual municipal event, as well as a ‘must do’ on the international gay calendar, drawing tens of thousands of participants and supporters from Israel and around the world, with over 100,000 expected to take part this year.

That Tel Aviv is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, let alone the Middle East, needs no introduction. In 2011, the city was even named ‘Best Gay City’ in a major survey conducted by the popular GayCities website

Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai: “The Pride Parade has turned into one of the symbols of the city of Tel Aviv with tens of thousands of participants and tourists from all over the country and the world. I believe that Tel Aviv-Yafo, a city of tolerance, is a beacon to other cities in this issue”.

According to Nadav Peretz of ‘Fabulous Israel’, which specialize in boutique travelling experience for the LGBT community to Israel, the reason Israel has become such a popular destination for gay travellers is due to its mix of “hot guys, hot girls, a dynamic nightlife, the beach, such and Middle Eastern cuisine, together with opened minded and liberal Tel Avivians.”

The Parade will kick off at 13:00, with floats, music, DJ’s, costumes and every which colour under the rainbow you can imagine! It will be formally launched by the Mayor Ron Huldai, together with leading politicians, including Yair Lapid (Minister of Finance), Limor Livnat (Minister of Culture), Tzipi Livni (Minister of Justice) and Shelly Yachimovich (Head of Opposition).

After a procession through the streets of central Tel Aviv, the Parade will culminate with a mega party on the beach, hosted by none other than Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli

The Parade is the jewel in the crown of Pride Month in Tel Aviv, during which the City will hold an array of cultural events, lectures, exhibitions, festivals and special attractions.

For all the info, make sure to check out the website at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality