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Tens of thousands celebrate Gay Pride in Tel Aviv

in ISRAEL, 16/06/2013

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv on Friday for Israel's annual Gay Pride parade, which attracts visitors from all over the world, this year including France's first gay married couple.

Gay, lesbian and transgender activists and sympathisers, draped in rainbow flags, took part in a procession of floats through the Mediterranean coastal city blasting out electronic music.

Tel Aviv city hall said this marked 20 years since the municipality first organised a public event for the homosexual community.

But this year's march was overshadowed by a surprise twist in the investigation of the 2009 double murder in a Tel Aviv gay youth centre, when a masked, black-clad gunman opened fire on a group of young people at the entrance, killing two people and wounding 15.

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