Situated along the stunning Mediterranean Sea, and dubbed the “City that never sleeps”, Tel Aviv is famously known for its beaches, its nightlife, and the LGBTQ community: Tel Aviv is the ultimate LGBTQ travel destination! The city is an open-minded, progressive and welcoming city that starkly contrasts some of the more religious and restrictive cities in Israel and the surrounding region. Tel Aviv is known internationally as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, welcoming gay tourists with open arms, and also offering a safe refuge for those from the LGBTQ community of surrounding countries in the region. As Pride 2019 approaches, here are just a few reasons why Tel Aviv is the ultimate LGBTQ travel destination.
Tel Aviv Gay Pride Week
One of the biggest and most exciting Pride Week celebrations around the globe, Tel Aviv is known to throw some of the best parties, and hosts a breathtaking pride parade throughout the city, culminating on the beach for an unforgettable beach party into the sunset. Last year, some 250,000 participants joined the parade, attracting more international tourists than ever. The city of Tel Aviv opens is arms to international travelers, promoting tolerance, inclusiveness, community, and support. Many Tel Aviv Gay Pride Events will take during this week.
Tel Aviv Gay-Friendly Hotels
While Tel Aviv is known for its stunning hotels, offering some of the most exclusive luxury hotels, and tasteful boutique hotel experiences, the city also offers gay-friendly accommodation. The newly opened Inta Hotel offers an urban gay oasis for men situated in a beautiful 1920’s-era building in Jaffa. Conveniently located near the Jaffa Flea Market – Shuk Hapishpishim, and steps from the beach, the Inta Hotel is one of the hottest hotel accommodation options in the city and the only dedicated gay hotel in the city. Other hotels worth checking out are situated near Hilton Beach. Read more about Tel Aviv hotel accommodation.
Gay Population in Tel Aviv
Approximately 25% of Tel Aviv’s population identifies as gay, which considering the city’s population is about 400,000 that means that some 100,000 people in the city identify themselves as part of the LGBTQ community. Tel Aviv is known for the supportive and collaborative gay community that continues to grow.
Gay Rights in Israel
While Israel may be a trailblazer in terms of tolerance for the LGBTQ community and is certainly the most accepting and progressive in the Middle East, there are still improvements to be made. Same-sex marriage is not performed in the country, however, Israel does accept and recognize common-law partnerships of same-sex couples that live together. Beyond this, gay couples are permitted to adopt as of 2008, when Israel legalized same-sex parent adoption. There is always progress to be made, but Israel is a leader of gay rights in the region. Read more in our article about Gay Tel Aviv For Beginners.
The Israeli Army is LGBT supportive
All Israeli citizens must serve mandatory military service, and openly gay, lesbian or bi-sexual soldiers may serve in the Israeli Defense Force in all military branches. Discrimination against those who identify as gay is strictly forbidden and the military even recognizes same-sex couples in the cases of war widows or widowers.
Beyond this, Tel Aviv is an ideal travel destination boasting pristine beaches, unique architecture, world-class cuisine and a plethora of art, culture, music, and dance. Tel Aviv is a city for coffee lovers, street art aficionados, foodies and more. Gay Pride 2019 is set to be one of the biggest celebrations of the year, after Eurovision 2019!