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Israel Defense Forces’ Facebook entry marks LGBT pride month


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The Israeli army on Monday, making note of LGBT Pride Month around the world, posted this image to its official Facebook page depicting two soldiers holding hands while walking through a street in Tel Aviv.

The caption: “Did you know that the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) treats all of its soldiers equally?”

In 1993, Israel was one of the first countries to allow openly gay service members — nearly 20 years ahead of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the United States.

The Israeli military also recognizes same-sex couples, including widows and widowers of the same-sex, and allows soldiers to participate in gay pride events.

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