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Tel Aviv LGBT Pride parade takes over 100,000 people to streets

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Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv witnessed its largest ever LGBT Pride parade and the largest throughout the entire Asian continent, with more than 100,000 people marching through the city streets celebrating a day dedicated to the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and especially transgender community under the slogan “Tel Aviv loves all genders.”

Despite the scorching heat on Friday, a parade of colors and tens of thousands of people flooded the main thoroughfares in downtown Tel Aviv, which blocked several roads and brought in a significant security presence before the event.

“We take pride in our country, that gives us rights and equality,” 17-year-old Oren said, who marched with his friends to the Charles Clore Park.

Eurovision winner of the year 2014, Austria’s Conchita Wurst, performed a concert to conclude the parade.

One of Oren’s friends told Efe, “We are now fighting for gay marriage and we hope to succeed,” explaining that civil marriages are not allowed in Israel, and therefore gay marriage is forbidden as well.

In this respect, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai brought the attention of Israeli politicians to the fact that “there is still much legislative work to be done to promote the LGBT community.”

While there is no same-sex marriage in Israel, as only religious marriage is recognized, the state does recognize marriages officiated outside Israel, including gay marriages. (IANS)

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LGBT activists in London denounce homophobia

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Activists gathered in London on Thursday for a protest denouncing homophobia and calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality in Commonwealth countries.

Images captured by an epa photojournalist on the ground showed members and supporters of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community holding placards outside of Commonwealth House as part of an action condemning homophobia, Efe reported.

“Homophobia is neo-colonialism, stop it,” and “Abolish colonial sodomy laws in the Commonwealth” were among the messages scrawled across the placards.

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The majority of countries in the Commonwealth still criminalize sexual acts between same-sex consenting adults.

United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said he will broach the topic of gay rights during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which was taking place in London from Monday to Friday.  IANS

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