Nothing to Be Proud of: Madrid's Gay Pride Parade Bans Israel

Published: June 9, 2010

Nothing to Be Proud of: Madrid’s Gay Pride Parade Bans Israel

Summer’s here, and in Europe, that means it is time for rainbow-hued floats to head down the streets of capitals, shirts to come off, flamboyant wigs to come on, and dance music to begin pumping: it’s gay pride parade season.

This year’s Madrid parade, scheduled for July 3, was going to be a landmark event for the Israeli homosexual and lesbian community. For the first time, the culturally influential gay Israeli community was going to have a representative float at the Spanish parade — one of the world’s largest, with more than a million participants. The invitation was considered so significant that one of the sponsors of the Israeli float in the parade was the Tel Aviv municipality.

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