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Sun Jul 7, 2019, 05:52 AM

Pride in Pictures: Tel Aviv has one of the largest Pride Parades in Asia

In 1979, there was a protest held in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv. The protest drew attention to longstanding discrimination of the LGBTQ community in Israel.

Today, Israel has progressed drastically in terms of their laws protecting the queer community and their celebration of queer culture.

The parades were politically motivated at first, but transitioned to focus on LGBTQ rights, equality and equal representation.

An individual used to serve up to 10 years in prison if they engaged in same-sex activities. In the 1960`s Dr. Yosef Burg, the Israeli Minister of Internal Affairs, said that “homosexual Jews” were contradictory to the Bible. This statement instilled negative perceptions of the queer community.

The Israeli government has reformed its laws to ensure that the queer community is protected from any unfair treatment or discrimination.

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