2014 Eurovision star Conchita Wurst to participate in 17th Tel Aviv Gay Pride Festival; this year’s focus on transgender community.
After hearing that this year’s events will focus on supporting the transgender community – the often overlooked “T” in the LGBT acronym — 2014 Eurovision winner, Austria’s Conchita Wurst, chose to come to Tel Aviv to perform in the parade.
The Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality is about to make history with its 17th annual Pride Festival. Organizers say a record 180,000 participants from Israel and around the world are expected to take part in the Pride Parade on June 12, which would make it Asia’s largest gay parade.
But it is the pride festival’s theme — Tel Aviv Loves All Genders — that is already being hailed as revolutionary, as “the Mideast’s best gay city” has chosen to focus on the transgender community.
This year’s Pride Anthem is a cover of Irish group D:Ream’s “Things Can Only Get Better” and was produced by the municipality with the Evita Dance Bar. It kind of makes sense that an Irish club hit should be revamped for a gay theme song in the wake of the country’s recent referendum approving same-sex marriages.
GayCities.com ranked Tel Aviv as the “World’s Best Gay Tourism Destination”, Lonely Planet considers Tel Aviv one of the world’s Top 10 hedonistic party cities and CNN ranked the city as “one of the 10 best gay honeymoon hotspots”.
Related: Tel Aviv/Yafo's Uplifting Official Pride Anthem 2015 "Things Can Only Get Better"