Gay Pride March in Jerusalem

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's gay community has held a gay pride march through the streets of Jerusalem.

Thursday's march attracted some 2,500 people calling for tolerance of alternative lifestyles. Yosef Abkin said during the march, "We want to live, keep living in Jerusalem, keep building our lives here, and this is our capital."

While the Israeli city of Tel Aviv has become a top destination for the gay community in recent years, considered one of the few places in the Middle East where gays feel free to walk hand-in-hand and kiss in public, Jerusalem has a much smaller gay scene.

The march went peacefully on the whole, although one man was arrested on suspicion of throwing stink bombs at the march.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered away from Thursday's parade to peacefully protest the fact it was taking place.


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