Thursday, February 24, 2005

"Home Is Wherever I am Understood"*

*Viktor Frankl

The Jerusalem Open House is serving a very special purpose: providing refuge for Palestinian gays and lesbians. An international gay pride event was scheduled to take place in Jerusalem this coming August. But because the Israeli disengagement from Gaza is scheduled to start in July, and is expected to require 6 - 9 weeks and lots of police, suddenly "Jerusalem World Pride 2005" is in limbo. The annual June Tel Aviv GLBT parade, which coincides more or less with gay pride parades in Europe, UK, and USA, will most likely not be affected by the disengagement: the Tel Aviv City Council has at least one lesbian member who will see to that.

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