CNN has named Tel Aviv's gay pride festival as one of the top recommended places to celebrate pride this year. Known as "the gay capital of the Middle East," Tel Aviv was accompanied by Boston, Amsterdam, Asheville (North Carolina) and Atlanta as the top five pride destinations for 2012.
Festivities in Tel Aviv begin on June 3rd and culminate in the pride parade on June 8th. The parade takes crowds through the streets of Tel Aviv and ends in a massive party on the beach featuring some of the country's best DJs. This year's Tel Aviv pride week will also include two concerts by Grammy-nominee Rufus Wainwright.
Check out a detailed guide to the week's events (in Hebrew and English) here.
If you can't make it to Tel Aviv this summer, Canada's largest pride festival will be taking place in Toronto from June 22 to July 1. Though Toronto's pride celebrations promise to be exciting, controversial anti-Israel LGBT group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid may take away from the celebratory mood. The group has stated it intends to participate in the march this year, after last year's absence. The CJN will be following the story this summer.