When this year’s Tel Aviv pride parade gets going two weekends from now, there will be a new sign-of -the-times addition: the family-friendly float, courtesy of the British Embassy in Israel.
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With an ever-growing number of gay couples and singles in Israel – and in other countries around the world – starting families, it was only natural that the kiddos were finally and officially invited to the party. They will join the festivities 19 years after the gay community here held its first ever pride parade through Tel Aviv’s streets.
The force behind the float and the overall campaign calling on gay families to join in the fun is British Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey, the first openly gay envoy to this country. Quarrey, along with his husband Aldo Oliver Henrique, is featured in a just-released video to introduce the family float and family theme to this year’s gay pride parade.
“This year on the 9th of June we will be celebrating diversity and inclusion,” says Quarrey in the upbeat video, which is filled with all stripes of gay couples and singles, bopping along to peppy music with cute kids or dogs or just alone in front of brightly colored backgrounds. “We are particularly focusing on LGBT families and would like you to march with us in our family-friendly float,” continues his husband Henrique. “We really hope we will see you there!” they conclude before the tag line – “Love is Great. Britain” – flashes on the screen.
The float is being sponsored by Dan Hotels chain in Israel.
According to designer Ido Ramon and parade organizers, the float, which is fashioned to look like a big ship, will be easy to mount, and the music it will boom out will be “family friendly.” It will also be the last float in the parade, presumably so it can keep a safe distance from the arguably less family-friendly celebrations being planned for out front.
In addition to initiating and riding on the float, Quarrey will host an event for speakers in the LGBT high-tech community at his residence during pride week, in collaboration with LGBTech and Lesbians Who Tech.