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The StandWithUs Fellowship  announced ‘iPRiDE: Israel’s culture in a GLBT scope’, a unique 5-day event to raise international awareness regarding progressive Israeli society. Commencing with an opening event at the popular “Lima Lima” club in Tel Aviv on June 10th, iPRiDE is timed during Pride Month, as a part of Tel Aviv’s centennial celebrations and is a featured highlight. It culminates in the 11th Gay Pride Parade on June 12th.

From June 10-14, iPRiDE will introduce GLBT (Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgenders) opinion-shapers from across the globe to Israel’s prominent leaders, including Knesset Member Nitzan Horowitz, chairman of the Israeli GLBT association (the Aguda) Mr. Mike Hamel, as well as cultural icon and “Israeli Idol” TV show judge Gal Uchovsky. Participants will meet heads of the GLBT community, including Councilman Yaniv Waizman and Mr. Etai Pinkas. They will also explore the rich heritage, beaches and vibrant night life in Tel Aviv.

Thirty GLBTs have signed up for iPRiDE.  They include journalists, academics, students and activists from diverse countries such as Jordan, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US. Reporters are flying in especially for iPRiDE from renowned media channels such as Diva Magazine (UK), Channel 4 (UK), Maenner Magazine (Germany), Jane and Jane Magazine (USA) and Bay Area Reporter (USA).



iPRiDE is a project of Tel Aviv University students participating in the StandWithUs Fellowship.  In its third year, the Fellowship is a year-long program which empowers Israeli students to be informed, active, articulate and globally minded future leaders. 

Project Manager of iPRiDE, Noa Meir: “We chose this project because it serves as a wonderful opportunity to reveal an unfamiliar side of Israel, ‘Israel beyond the conflict’, while portraying Israel for what it really is – a democratic, pluralistic and multi-cultural society.”
 
“iPRiDE’s goal is to stimulate international awareness of the diverse cultural tapestry of Israeli society, while focusing on the gay community in Israel and the challenges it faces. We are expecting to reach hundreds of thousands of people around the globe through its participants”, states Meir.


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