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Ashdod debuts Pride, June 21 2013

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This past Friday, I took an early morning bus from Jerusalem to the Biblical city of Ashdod, which borders the Mediterranean Sea. I disembarked the bus feeling nervous: I was alone, my phone had died and Ashdod has a sizeable conservative population who tend to be unsupportive of gay rights. I did not expect the fierce, naked and glittery antics I had become accustomed to at D.C. Pride. I expected the atmosphere of a protest. I expected tension between the queer community in Ashdod and its opponents.

As I approached the marchers, I found that the Ashdod pride parade was far more joyous and celebratory than I anticipated. I heard there was a small counter protest, but I didn’t really notice. I noticed colorful banners, bathing suits, singing, marching, kissing and laughter. Check out some of the lovely pictures!

Maya

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Openly gay Knesset Member Nitzan Horowitz with Betty Ezri and Dana Lazar at the Jerusalem Open House table.

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