Israel is one of the most inclusive societies in the world for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. As early as the 1960s, same-sex couples lived in Israel freely and without fear of persecution. The Gay Revolution of the 1980s brought Israel's LGBT community full recognition of their human rights, as well as legal and social equality to individuals and families. Today, Tel Aviv is considered the "Gay Capital of the Middle East", thanks to its thriving and supported LGBT community, playing an integral role in Israeli society.
Israel adamantly protects the rights of its gay citizens, and the LGBT community is represented in the highest echelons and in all facets of Israeli society - from serving openly in the military (since 1993), to government, business, entertainment and the arts.
The first annual Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv was celebrated in 1998. Since 2002, a Gay Pride Parade has been celebrated in the streets of Jerusalem and other cities throughout Israel. Today, the Tel Aviv Pride Parade is the largest on the continent of Asia, with over 100,000 participants from around the globe.
Out magazine has named Israeli pop star Ivri Lider, film director Eytan Fox, and TV star Assi Azar on their top -100 list of inspiring gays and lesbians.