In Tel Aviv, Neil Patrick Harris says he’s no gay icon

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) | This year’s official international ambassador to Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Parade says he has no interest in being a gay icon.

TV star Neil Patrick Harris arrived in Israel June 12 along with his husband, the chef and actor David Burtka, to headline Tel Aviv’s annual celebration of its famous gay-friendly scene.

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Doctor who treated HIV/AIDS patients among synagogue massacre victims

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One of the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh was a well-respected doctor who was known for his compassionate treatment of his patients with HIV/AIDS.

NBC News and other media outlets reported Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, began to treat people with HIV/AIDS in the early days of the epidemic. Michael Kerr of ACT UP New York on his Facebook page wrote Rabinowitz was his doctor until he moved from Pittsburgh to New York City in 2004.

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Activists sharply criticize passage of Israel surrogacy bill

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ABOVE: LGBTI rights advocates in Israel have sharply criticized the passage of a bill that prevents gay couples from using surrogates in the country. (Photo by Wayne McLean; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Activists have sharply criticized the passage of a bill in the Israeli Knesset that prevents gay couples from using surrogates.

The Jerusalem Post reported the bill passed on Wednesday by a 59-52 vote.

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Gays on strike in Israel over exclusion from surrogacy law

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP)| Hundreds of Israeli LGBT advocates and their supporters are on strike, protesting the exclusion of gay men from a recently passed surrogacy law.

Protesters marched in Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities on July 22, waving rainbow flags and briefly blocking a major highway.

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Over 250,000 people celebrate Gay Pride at Tel Aviv parade

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Ripped men in white underwear, pink bunny ears and black bow ties gyrated through the streets of Tel Aviv along with drag queens and others to loud trance music for the annual Gay Pride Parade on Friday — the biggest event of its kind in the region and drawing people from around the world to party.

The Tel Aviv Municipality said 250,000 people celebrated June 8.

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Over 200,000 at Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade, region’s biggest

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) – Thousands of people from around the world are partying in Tel Aviv at the Gay Pride Parade, the region’s largest.

The Municipality said over 200,000 people celebrated this past Friday. The theme of this year’s parade is “Bisexuality Visibility.”

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Man arrested for planning ‘terror attack’ at Tel Aviv Pride parade

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Israeli police on June 3 arrested a man who allegedly threatened to carry out a “terror attack” during this week’s Tel Aviv Pride parade.

The Times of Israel reported the 20-year-old man from Bnei Brak, a primarily ultra-Orthodox city that is located a few miles east of Tel Aviv, made the threat on his Facebook page. The newspaper said the man wrote in Hebrew, “Who’s coming with me to carry out a terror attack at the Pride march?”

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Tel Aviv to hold first bisexual-themed Pride parade

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The first bisexual-themed Pride parade in the world will take place in Tel Aviv in June.

The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, which fully sponsors the city’s annual Pride parade, on Tuesday announced that this year’s theme is “bisexuality visibility.” A press release said officials expect more than 200,000 people will attend the parade that is scheduled to take place on June 9.

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Tel Aviv pride parade attracts 200,000

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Colorfully-dressed drag queens and bare-chested muscular men on floats partied alongside thousands of others from the LGBT community at Tel Aviv’s annual gay pride parade on June 3, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East.

Israeli media reported that 200,000 people joined the festivities.

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Winner of first Israeli transgender pageant crowned

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Tel Aviv, Israel (AP) – An Israeli from a Catholic Arab family has been crowned the winner of the country’s first transgender pageant.

Talleen Abu Hanna, 21, from the northern city of Nazareth wore a white bridal dress as she was declared the first “Miss Trans Israel” on Friday at HaBima, Israel’s national theater, in Tel Aviv. 

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Israel’s first transgender beauty pageant struts its way to Tel Aviv

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Tel Aviv, Israel (AP) – Nearly 30 transgender women are competing to become the first “Miss Trans Israel.”

Contestants strutted down the catwalk at a Tel Aviv club wearing skinny jeans, crop tops and stiletto heels.

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Gay Iranian poet flees to Israel

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) – Payam Feili, a gay poet, fled his native Iran last year because of the persecution he faced over his sexuality. Now, he has made a years-long dream come true – he is visiting Israel, Iran’s archenemy and a country known for its tolerance toward gays.

But the 30-year-old Feili stands out not only because of his arrival in a country so at odds with his own, but because of his professed adoration for the state some Iranian leaders have dubbed a cancer and have called to be wiped off the map.

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