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Tel Aviv ‘best gay city destination’ of 2011

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  1. Tel Aviv better as a gay destination than New York, Sydney, London, San Francisco, Amsterdam????

    And with 43% of the vote.

    Despite the fact that terrorists who murdered 3 people at an LGBT community centre in Tel Aviv a couple of years ago have never been caught?

    No offence to Tel Aviv which is a nice city, but this vote looks rigged.

    1. Oh please…New York has more gay-related murders ina month than that one incident in Tel Aviv! Don’t have sour grapes, the w(h)ine is bitter if you do!

      1. Seriously would a.muslim lgbt person be welcome tel aviv is not a world city

        1. You know very little. It’s obvious you haven’t been to Tel Aviv. There are many gay Arabs in Tel Aviv, since that is the only choice for many of them. Some of them escape from their families in the West Bank. But some are actually from Israel proper.

    2. Oh, and Montreal beats Toronto by far as a world class gay destination. Toronto’s Church & Wellesley supposedly gay district is pitiful and nearly non-existent, while Montraal’s gay Village is huge and distinctly gay.

    3. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Jan 2012, 7:28pm

      Probably because more gay Jewish men and women voted than anyone else. I find it suspicious too.

  2. Paul J Burgess 12 Jan 2012, 4:02pm

    Any gay person that holds ALL human rights as equal, would not, I believe, ever go to Israel. No matter how much they are wrapped in cotton wool by America, their human rights record is despicable.

    1. Exactly what I was thinking. I don’t doubt it’s a nice place and that most Israelis are lovely people but their government’s human rights record is awful regardless of how well they treat LGBT people.

    2. I hold human rights close to my hearts and went to Tel Aviv twice. The difference is that in Tel Aviv you feel safer walking hand in hand with a person of the same sex then in ANY of the other cities (except maybe Madrid, and possibly San Francisco). I voted Tel Aviv (and I visited all but 2 cities on that list), though I had a mind to go for Madrid as well.

      1. Robert hypocrite much? Selfish right wing queens shame all of us.

        1. If its “safe same sex hand in hand” you want – Try Sitges – in Catalunya / Spain – another Med City with non of the Human Right abuses that Tel Aviv has. Shame that LBGT cannot see how they are being used to “pinkwash” the Israeli propaganda machine.

    3. I am a strong supporter of human rights. But I have to say that having been to Tel Aviv twice, and to all the other cities (save 2), I was aiming to chose between Madrid and Tel Aviv. My criteria was not the country, the political currents about it, nor the clubs and bars. Rather, what percentage of the city could you walk around hand in hand with your soulmate without risking to be attacked or looked at strangely. And on this criteria, Tel Aviv came out top for me!

      1. Sry, thought my first post did not get through. Apologies for double post.

  3. Suddenly Last Bummer 12 Jan 2012, 4:08pm

    Oh well if noted gay porn producer and intellect Michael Lucas says …..whatever it was he said….then it must be right.

    1. Too right farts are cool

  4. Mark Brown 12 Jan 2012, 4:14pm

    I just flew back from TLV. Had a wonderful time. I think one of the reasons why it may have been chosen is because queers have all done SF, NYC etc. People are looking for something fresh and hot. TLV delivers.

    1. This thread is full if trolls..old.i wonder how.much ben got paid for this

  5. misleading title and who cares what americans think

  6. Have these people been to TA? I went there for a week with a bunch of gays and we all came away feeling disappointed.

    The only positive we could find was that it’s probably the ‘best gay destination in the middle east’, but not a patch on places like London, NYC and so on.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 13 Jan 2012, 10:47am

      What can we expect. This poll was specifically targeting American gays by an American Airline. I suspect mostly Jewish gays voted for Tel Aviv Ameri It’s of no importance other than to Israel and its sole benefactor, America.

  7. Sister Goodlove 12 Jan 2012, 4:37pm

    A fantastic country with a fantastic human rights record. I don’t count the Palestinian non-cause, because they’re a made-up people brought to the area to inflict their own special kind of Islamofascism (is there any other kind) on the jewel that is Israel.

    1. You’re an awful example of humanity.

    2. jamestoronto 12 Jan 2012, 4:44pm

      “A made up people brought to the area”??? Please expand on this and enlighten us.

    3. and you are deluded

    4. twat shut your hole.

    5. Say wha?

      1. Sister Goodlove 12 Jan 2012, 8:35pm

        One day, you people will find a real and important and desperate cause to wear as a talisman of your right-on identity. I’m afraid this is not the one.

        I’d gladly buy each of you a one-way ticket to Saudi or Pakistan.

        1. So saudi and pakistan make israel, good? that’s hardly praise

        2. None of us will be giving Saudi Arabia or Pakistan our money either and this wasn’t about religion until you brought it up.

    6. people it was clearly sarcasm don’t lapidate him for this comment

  8. Having been to Tel Aviv I can vouch for it being a very liberal and welcoming place for gays. had a great time, was made very welcome, not a hint of intolerance – from Jewish or Arab Israelis. Clearly some people seem unable to separate their broader political prejudices from the reality that Israel is the most gay friendly country in the Middle East. Whether it is the best city in the world for gays, that’s another matter! But it is certainly worth a visit.

  9. Hahahahah

    I said thanks pn for 2011 news. Carryon posting rubbish like this and you will lose readers. Ithis is shameless

  10. David Wainwright 12 Jan 2012, 7:10pm

    Just the kind of propaganda that Isrealhell cherishes , one wonders how much they paid you for printing this article ? Holidaying in Tel Aviv is dancing on the bones of slaughtered Palestinian children . I would sooner walk down the street holding hands with Adolf Hitler than put one dime into the pockets of Isrealhell.

    1. Sister Goodlove 12 Jan 2012, 8:35pm

      You will. Don’t worry, you will. It’s what you’re really about anyway.

    2. I’m sure your daddy and granddaddy probably did. And, probably, your family started on it early on, oh, about 11th to 13th centuries.

  11. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Jan 2012, 8:40pm

    Why does anyone take this serious or believe it’s relevant? American Airlines was behind this poll and let’s face it, mostly American gays voted. Means nothing on a larger scale considering that the majority of the world’s gays don’t even live in America. Had this been an international poll, the outcome would probably have been very different and Tel Aviv would probably NOT have been voted number 1.

    I’m sure Tel Aviv is a nice place but really, Israel has a fantastic human rights record? Why is it no Israeli hetero couple can have a civil marriage? Instead, they have to leave the country to do it. All marriages in Israel are religious. What’s so fantastic about that? Israel doesn’t even have same-sex marriage yet, only civil unions. It hasn’t even begun to legislate for marriage equality.

  12. This news does not sit comfortably with me at all. Is the gay community really that ignorant or naive with regard to the human rights abuses and atrocities being perpetrated by Israeli Zionists on the Palestinian people?

    Have we already forgotten ther totally disproportionate attack on Lebanon a couple of years ago, not to mention the Turkish flotilla incident that outraged the world?

    Lest we once forget gay people were similarly persecuted alongside gypsies and Jews, the perscution of the latter leading to the technically unlawful recognition of Palestine, sorry, Israel, as the Jewish state.

    Now of course Israel is banging the drums for an all-out attack on Iran, and still we flock to their gay scene in increasing numbers, fuelling the Israeli economy and indirectly funding, yes, funding, the aforementioned – and yet to occur – atrocities.

    How did it ever come to this?

    1. I think theeditor has some explaining this is propoganda

    2. Actually, it’s hilarious that you said “Palestine,” because in the time of the British Mandate, it was the Jews who were designated “Palestinians”. The Arabs simply called themselves “Arabs”.

  13. GingerlyColors 13 Jan 2012, 6:35am

    Personally I think each individual will have his or her own opinion on which is the best gay city. It depends on the country it is in and whether or not you like that country’s wider culture for example. Britain has a very varied culture and a rich history. Manchester is a great gay city and it has so much more to offer the visitor than just Canal Street. Manchester is famous for it’s culture, music and football as well as it’s industrial heritage. Brighton and London also have good gay scenes while offering a lot more.

  14. London, New York, Madrid. Toronto, Sydney, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, Montreal.

    And Tel Aviv gets 43% of the vote?

    Rigged!

    1. You left out Los Angeles, which has several gay enclaves/neighborhoods where gays freely walk hand-in-hand, and each year produces one of the largest gay pride celebrations on the planet.

  15. Typical anti-Israeli response from many of the posters here. Can anyone not separate the vote from Israeli government policy? It’s like if Beijing was voted the most historic city in the world and people were aghast because of China’s poor human rights record. It’s got nothing to do with it!! Tel Aviv-Jaffa is a beacon for gay rights in a very harsh region for such things.

  16. vversatile 13 Jan 2012, 4:37pm

    This is city that won’t even let it’s straight citizens marry a Palestinian
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/12/israel-palestinian-spouses-ban
    It says a lot that people would vote for a country that enforces this type of apartheid.
    This makes me ashamed to be gay.

    1. GingerlyColors 14 Jan 2012, 6:39am

      While I am not excusing Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, I must point out that many Muslim countries will not allow a non-Muslim marry a Muslim. As for the violence between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza how many people have been killed there in the last six months, compared with Shia vs Sunni violence in Iraq, Iran and Pakistan?

      1. Not relevant! Muslims are exempt from being branded as opressors by the crazy beliefs of the Left.

        I am myself against Israel occupation of Palestinian lands, but have the decency to keep civil and balanced. I hope that when Palestine is finally independent, all the haters are going to have the curiosity to go party in Tel Aviv. Or Gaza. :)

  17. Well frankly you hateful lot can sit in rainy manchester spewing your anger and disgust while folks who aren’t so bigoted and single sighted (ie. me ;] ) can continue walking around in the great weather, going to the great beaches, hooking up with HOT Israeli guys (including arabs by the way..) and sampling great nightlife and cafe culture… in TLV

    Most people don’t think like you people do, and frankly TLV’s a great gay city and destination, and deserves a win instead of the usual cities on the list.

  18. SAo Paulo has its problems but its gay pride events bring about 3 – 3.5 million people.

    If only we could get il papa to dress in drag

    oh sorry – he already does as do most of his hierarchy.

  19. I am sickened by people constantly bashing the country i was born in. I am proud of Israel. It has the best gay rights in the middle east and one of the best in the whole of Asia. GET A GRIP!

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