Zev Porat

Friday, August 2, 2013

Jerusalem celebrates 12th annual March for Pride and Tolerance

Marching by the Knesset for Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade, August 1, 2013.

Jerusalem began marching for its annual March for Pride and Tolerance on Thursday afternoon, which commenced in the city's Independence Park. It is scheduled to conclude in a gathering in Wohl Rose Park, opposite the Knesset, signifying the community's demand for social change in the capital.

According to the group in charge of the festivities, Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (JOH), this will be the event's 12th consecutive year and it is organized for two reasons- "to celebrate existence as individuals, as a community and the many achievements we have made, as well as coming together to protest, demonstrate and demand change."

"Jerusalem Pride is not necessarily a celebration, but more of a protest for the rights that we don't enjoy," explained Elinor Sidi, executive director of the JOH during a phone interview from her office in Jerusalem.

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