The Israel Ministry of Tourism announced today that the American actor, writer, producer, magician, and singer, Neil Patrick Harris, will be honored as the official International Ambassador of Tel Aviv Pride 2019 and will be joined by his husband, chef and actor, David Burtka. This year, Tel Aviv Pride Week will take place June 9-14, 2019 with an abundance of LGBTQ-friendly events across the city, culminating with one of the world’s largest Pride celebrations and by far the largest in the entire Middle East.
“It is an incredible honor that Mr. Harris has accepted the role of International Ambassador of Tel Aviv Pride. He has made an extremely positive impact on the world as an openly gay man, husband and father. He has used his platform to advocate on behalf the LGBTQ community with a grace and humanity that is unparalleled. Israel stands proudly with the LGBTQ community and, together with Mr. Harris, we look forward to welcoming the world to this year’s Pride festivities,” said Ellen Shapiro, Israel Ministry of Tourism Director of Public Relations, North America.
The 2019 Tel Aviv Pride Parade will take place on June 14, starting at 10 a.m. with music, drag shows and speeches and then kick off from Ben Tsiyon/Melchett St. towards Bograshov St., taking participants through the lively streets of Tel Aviv. The route will then head to the coast to Charles Clore beach for the parade’s final stop – the famous beach party from 3 p.m. until sunset at Charles Clore Garden, where thousands of people will enjoy live shows, bars and an amazing view of Tel Aviv’s blue beaches. At the festival and parade, Harris and Burtka will lead a beautifully diverse global group which calls Tel Aviv home – with people of every gender, religion and color flooding the streets for a celebration of acceptance, love and joy.
“Tel Aviv Pride has become an important symbol of LGBTQ visibility and acceptance on the world stage,” said Neil Patrick Harris. “We are excited to visit Israel for the first time and honored to be a part of this beautiful celebration to stand with the LGBTQ community both in Israel and across the globe, especially as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.”
In 2018, over a quarter of a million proud LGBTQ people and allies marched in the record-breaking Tel Aviv Pride Parade, celebrating a wide array of multicultural influences from around the globe. Of course, Pride Week is not the only time where LGBTQ life is celebrated and embraced in Tel Aviv. The city has a large and diverse LGBTQ population and is widely known as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the world, earning it the nickname “the gay capital of the Middle East.”