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U.S. Anti-pinkwashing 'Progressives' Don't See LGBTQ Israelis as Real People, Only Pawns

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18.06.2019

This year, like last year, I slathered on layers of sunscreen, threw on my group’s wine-colored t-shirt, stocked up on bottled water and headed out to the Tel Aviv Pride Parade. It was already oppressively hot by late morning, but at the stand for IGY, the LGBT youth movement where I volunteer as a guide for new immigrants, the mood was electric.

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Teens from all over the country displayed gay, bisexual and transgender pride flags, chatting excitedly with their groups and guides, feeling open and positively free.

During the parade, I joined the youth group’s sea of bordeaux-colored shirts, banners, signs and balloons, demanding equal rights through song and reminding everyone with our cheers that we are here and everywhere.

I watched one of the young adults from my group, a recent transplant from America, as he navigated through the sensory overload of his first-ever Pride event. There were 250,000 people there, all of them to tell us that we’re not alone, to tell us that we belong.

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It was the internet that pulled me back to reality. While nursing a wicked post-parade sunburn in the quiet cool of my apartment, I made the rookie mistake of checking the social media responses to Tel Aviv Pride.

On pictures and articles about the event, anonymous commentators hurled the usual insults and slurs, adding homophobic and transphobic ones to the more common anti-Semitic tropes.

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