A safe haven for the LGBTQ community
Israel comes out as the most LGBT-friendly country in the region.
It may be hard to believe, but in places like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Sudan — homosexuality is still illegal and punishable by death. By stark comparison, Israel is proud to be known as the most progressive country in the area, and is often referred to as the “gay capital of the Middle East.”
Israel is the first and only country in the Middle East to recognize same-sex unions. Even though couples can’t actually get married there, the country does recognize marriages performed elsewhere.
World renowned for its Gay Pride Parade, Israel attracted a record-breaking 100,000 people to Tel Aviv this year. It’s no wonder Tel Aviv was ranked by travelers from Gaycities.com as the best gay city in the world.
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