Tourist tip #66 / Gay & lesbian travelers
For 'Friends of Dorothy' traveling to the Middle East, coming to Israel is like landing over the rainbow. But beyond the welcoming walls of the Emerald City of Tel Aviv, same-sex couples and LGBT travelers are advised to exercise discretion.
Earlier this year, an American Airlines survey crowned Tel Aviv the Best Gay City in the world, beating out the likes of worthy contenders like New York and Sao Paulo. In June, an estimated 100,000 Tel Aviv residents and foreign revelers participated in the city’s annual Pride Parade festivities, during which the White City was draped in a coat of rainbow colors.