Israel: Thousands congregate in Tel Aviv for Pride celebration in spite of COVID-19

Around 1,500 people gathered in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Sunday to mark the celebrations of Pride despite the traditional parade being cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions. Some attendees were «very disappointed» that the parade was cancelled this year. Several people could be seen waving LGBT+, Israeli and Palestinian flags as buildings were lit up in rainbow colours to mark the occasion. Etai Pinkas, a member of the LGBT+ community, highlighted the issues members of the community still face in Israel, including not being able to get married or do surrogacy. «Couples made of two mothers have difficulties being acknowledged as mothers. Transgender people are being [subjected to] a lot of violence against them. They have problems finding jobs and sometimes even renting their own apartment,» he said. The iconic Pride celebrations in Tel Aviv, which brought a reported 250,000 people last year, were down-scaled this year amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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