Well, it has been an eventful week. Things crowding on the heels of what went before!
Last Friday was the Pride march in Haifa. Not nearly as grand as the big march in Tel Aviv earlier in the month, which is on an international scale with well over 100K participants, but nothing to sneeze at either.
The Hebrew text says:
We march to fight for the right to live the lives we want! To love whom we want! To dress as we wish to! We march for equality and against discrimination. We march in solidarity and for the struggles we face around us. Because a society that respects and values us – gays, lesbians, bi and trans – is a society that is better for everyone.
As an aside, I was glad to note that the American ambassador and his family marched in Tel Aviv with the staff of the Embassy (which flew a giant rainbow flag in support).
Haifa had many local leaders and representatives – including all the liberal political parties and many local businesses – accompanying the 5-10K folks who marched and celebrated.
I missed the gathering at the first meeting point, with the initial speeches, because I can’t really march. (So sadly I have no pictures of the actual march.) I went directly to the final destination (carrying my rainbow flag, of course), where there were more speeches and lots of entertainment.
My friend Marina marched with the Progressive Judaism contingent.
Lots of lovely speakers and MCs
Some folks with very special outfits for the occasion
Love those eyelashes…but that ballgown seemed a wee bit…warm for the Haifa heat?
The singer and personality Margalit Tzan’ani (Margol) joined us with music that had everyone singing and dancing and cheering
Booths with drinks, with bubbles, with rainbow products.
High energy, smiles and laughter, I didn’t see any negativity there at all. Well done, Haifa!
My only real regret? It wasn’t until a little later in the afternoon, after everyone had dispersed and gone home, that the SCOTUS ruling was announced. It would have been nice to have heard it from the stage when we were all together and could celebrate even more for our US friends! But that’s a subject for the next post…