Photo Friday: When the US Embassy showed the Pride Flag in Defiance, Tel Aviv, Israel

Photo Friday: When the US Embassy showed the Pride Flag in Defiance, Tel Aviv, Israel

2019.06.14 Tel Aviv Pride Parade, Tel Aviv, Israel 1650038

2019.06.14 Tel Aviv Pride Parade, Tel Aviv, Israel 1650038 – (View on Flickr.com)

Equality and existence should never be taken for granted.

This week’s photograph was taken in 2019, the last year that Tel Aviv, Israel, was able to celebrate LGBTQ pride. It shows what was then the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv (@usembassyjlm), showing a display of Pride during the events, in defiance of directives from the United States government.

We were threatened by the building’s security personnel for daring to capture this image, of a building, on a beach front, in wide public view. Imagine being in a country openly celebrating its LGBTQ residents while your own home country was ashamed of its own.

This happened in our (recent) lifetimes. Remember.

Here’s a photograph of what was happening in the rest of Tel Aviv:

2019.06.14 Tel Aviv Pride Parade, Tel Aviv, Israel 1650037

2019.06.14 Tel Aviv Pride Parade, Tel Aviv, Israel 1650037 – (View on Flickr.com)
2019.06.14 Tel Aviv Pride Parade, Tel Aviv, Israel 1650054

2019.06.14 Tel Aviv Pride Parade, Tel Aviv, Israel 1650054 – (View on Flickr.com)

Happy LGBTQ Pride!

Ted Eytan, MD