Andy Cohen Serves As Tel Aviv’s “International Ambassador” For Pride 2018

Andy Cohen (photo: Chris Williamson)

Today, a quarter of a million people from around the world gathered in Tel Aviv today to march in the largest ever pride parade in the Middle East where Bravo’s Andy Cohen served as this year’s International Ambassador.

Andy Cohen told the media:

“I live in New York City and this is my first but definitely not my last time in Tel Aviv. I am a proud gay Jewish man and the only gay host in late night TV. I have been struck by how incredible it is, not only to be here, but as a proud gay Jewish man surrounded by my people.”

“It’s also an amazing thing seeing gay pride flags flying everywhere next to the flag of Israel.”

“Celebrating Pride in Tel Aviv is a beautiful celebration of gay rights and visibility in a region where many of the neighbors cannot live as their true selves or be who they were born to be, which makes it all the more special for this massive coming together in support of equality to be taking place in Tel Aviv.”

This year’s parade marked 20 years to the City’s first pride parade and payed tribute to the pioneering activists who played a key-role in promoting LGBT rights and visibility in Israel.

Andy Cohen at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

Tel Aviv Pride 2017

(via Instagram)

Over 200,000 people from around the world gather in Tel Aviv this week for the biggest pride parade in the Middle East, and one of the biggest in the world.

The Tel Aviv Pride week officially began June 4th with a series of events, parties and shows all dedicated to the LGBTQ community, but the main event is the pride parade that took place on June 9.

Last year’s theme, “Tel Aviv Loves All Genders,” focused on transgender equality and brought out more than 180,000 attendees. The theme of this year’s parade is “Bisexuality Visibility.”

Tel Aviv stands as one of the world’s most gay-friendly travel destinations, quite the contrast from the rest of the Middle East region.

Here’s this year’s promo video:

And here’s footage from the actual Pride Parade:

Hundreds Of Thousands Attend 2016 Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade

Tel Aviv Gay Pride, the largest Pride event in the Middle East, attracted hundreds of thousands of attendees to it’s annual parade on Friday.

From the Jerusalem Post:

The parade, which took off from Tel Aviv’s Gan Meir at noon and included music, festivities, speeches and shows, is the largest Pride Parade in the Middle East.

This year’s event spotlighted “Women for a Change,” an organization that highlights the role of women in the LGBT community.

Additionally, the parade included events like a fashion tour, a Eurovision event and the hallmark of the festivities, the LGBT Film Festival.

US Embassy celebrates Tel Aviv Pride

US Ambassador Dan Shapiro prepares to march in Tel Aviv Pride Parade

The US Embassy issued this congratulatory video for Tel Aviv Pride 2014.

In addition, the US Ambassador to Israel – Dan Shapiro – marched in the pride parade and wished the those celebrating happy pride.

I should add my longtime friends Russell and Dan are visiting Tel Aviv for Pride and are in the video below for a short moment at the :05 mark!

Happy Pride Tel Aviv!

My friends Dan and Russell who have a quick cameo in the US Embassy’s Pride Video

Gay Pride 2012: Tel Aviv

Israel’s progressive stance on the rights of the LGBTQ community has made it one of the world’s top travel destinations. Tel Aviv was named the top gay city of 2011. Every year, Tel Aviv plays host to one of the world’s largest Pride Parade.

Check out all the shiny happy people 🙂