Tel Aviv has become in recent years the center and destination of choice for LGBTQ lifestyle and culture. Israel’s perception in some news outlets might make the country out to be a place ruled by religious dogma (and for some communities in Israel that may be the case) but many Israelis have a “live and let live” attitude towards their fellow citizens. Tel Aviv in particular boosts a vibrant and accepting atmosphere for members of the LGBTQ community; there is no better time to appreciate it then Tel Aviv Pride Week 2019 which took place last week. Below the Clearview Partners team will highlight some of the major activities that took place during the week.
TLVFest - The Tel Aviv International Film Festival
Tel Aviv Pride 2019 was not just about celebrating diversity and inclusion, but the arts as well as the expression of life in Israel. For all the cinema lovers TLVFest ran during Pride week until the 15th of June. Taking place at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque this international film festival featured films covering a number of topics important to the LGBTQ community.
The First National Conference of the Gay Community
This is the Startup Nation after all, and Pride Week would not be complete without a tech style conference covering some of the challenges of the LGBTQ community. The conference took place at the Carmi Theatre in Tel Aviv; as the conference organizers stated:
“For the first time in Israel’s history, the gay community has launched a national conference aimed at discussing the central issues that concern the members of the community in Israel’s major areas of activity – ILGBT. The conference is being launched as part of a broad vision to transform the pride and pride parade in Tel Aviv-Jaffa into those that more explicitly promote our struggle and the demand for full equality of rights.”
Many notable figure spoke as indicated by this Haaretz article that included “Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel, Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz, Ofra Strauss; Facebook Israel CEO Adi Sofer Taani; SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum and singer Ivri Lider.” The highlight was the panel featuring one of the most important thinkers of our time and author of “Sapiens” Yuval Noah Harari who discussed the challenges members of the LGBTQ community face with social media. Harari met his husband on one of the dating apps but noted that for members of the global LGBTQ community the same technology can be used against them in oppressive regimes. We’re looking forward to more thought leadership conferences like this in the future.
Together We Rise: LGBTech’s Pride Gala – 2019
Like many business networking organizations in the tech community LGBTech was created with the mission of helping create community for members of the LGBTQ community who work in the Israeli tech industry. Alongside helping generate business opportunities for the community this LGBTQ organization has been on the forefront of LGBTQ rights in the workplace. In honor of the important work they have done they celebrated in true Tel Aviv Pride style; with a beachside gala at the Namal, one of Tel Aviv’s many nightlife destinations.
Tel Aviv Pride Parade
The Pride and Purim Parade are probably the only parades Israelis take part in these days. Military parades went out of style in Israel in the 1960’s, and it is a testament to the progress the country has made when Pride is the premier parade. The parade started at Ben Zion Boulevard Friday morning, made its way through Tel Aviv and ended with a party at Charles Clore Park by the Mediterranean. All this in epic Tel Aviv Pride 2019 fashion.
Pride wouldn’t be complete without celebrities and music; this year’s parade featured International Ambassador of Tel Aviv Pride Neil Patrick Harris and Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai who performed at the beach side party. Another one of the slew of celebrities who have visited Israel recently.
The beginning of summer and we’re kicking it off with a bang. While many look at the summer as a time to travel and unwind (we all need a vacation after all) the team at Clearview Partners is here in Israel to host you whether it’s for a short business meeting, a long term move to Israel, or just celebrating Tel Aviv Pride 2019 with the citizens of the Startup Nation.