Amid heavy security, around 25,000 people gathered in Jerusalem for the 15th annual gay pride parade on Thursday. Many came bearing flowers, which they placed in front of a memorial for Shira Banki, the 16-year-old stabbed to death at last year's parade by Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew who is serving a life sentence for her murder.
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The march, far more somber than the boisterous Tel Aviv parade in June, highlighted the challenges the LGBT community in Israel has faced in recent years.
A number of politicians were in attendance, including opposition leader and Zionist Union chairman Isaac Herzog, who arrived with a flower in Banki's honor. Secular and religious Israelis alike came together to celebrate and show that like the parade's slogan, they too are here to stay.