Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in the Middle East region of Western Asia, on the south-eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea.

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More than 100,000 party in Israel at largest LGBT pride in the Middle East

| Friday, June 13, 2014
Israeli dancers perform during the annual Gay Pride Parade on a street of Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, June 13, 2014.
JERUSALEM -- Shirtless Israeli men, colorfully dressed drag queens and others partied Friday through central Tel Aviv as tens of thousands of people took part in the city's annual gay pride parade, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East.

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Israel to lower minimum age requirement for gender reassignment surgery

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday said it was lowering the the minimum age requirement to be approved for a sex change from 21 to 18.

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Israeli parliament bans discrimination against LGBT youth in schools

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014
JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Israeli parliament on Tuesday approved passed a law prohibiting the discrimination in schools against students on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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More than one thousand rally in Tel Aviv to protest recent anti-LGBT violence

| Friday, January 17, 2014
Yair Meyuhas, via Facebook
TEL AVIV -- More than a thousand people marched in the streets of Tel Aviv on Thursday to protest against transphobia and anti-LGBT violence in Israel.

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Gay men in Tel Aviv attacked by group hurling homophobic slurs

| Sunday, January 12, 2014
Courtesy photo to LGBTQ NationOr Azulay (left) and Moshiko Hadad.
TEL-Aviv, Israel -- A group of gay and straight friends were violently attacked in Tel Aviv on Saturday by mob of 11 people hurling anti-gay slurs, just one week following a similar attack on a transgender woman.

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Israel city unveils gay Holocaust victims memorial

| Friday, January 10, 2014
Oded Balilty, APAn Israeli man reads the text from a new monument honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis during World War II for their sexual orientation and gender identity, In Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The landmark joins similar memorials in Berlin, Amsterdam, Sydney and San Francisco dedicated to gay victims of the Holocaust.
TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israel's cultural and financial capital unveiled a memorial Friday honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis, the first specific recognition in Israel for non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

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Israel border officers in home custody after brutal attack on transgender woman

| Sunday, January 5, 2014
Tel Aviv
TEL AVIV, Israel -- A group of 11 men have been remanded to home custody after allegedly attacking a transgender woman Saturday morning in Tel Aviv, reported the Daily Ha’aretz.

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Israel honors gay Holocaust victims in first national memorial

| Sunday, December 15, 2013
Workers install the memorial to gays persecuted by the Nazis.
TEL AVIV -- A new monument to pay tribute to Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust who were persecuted by the Nazis for their sexual orientation has been unveiled in Tel Aviv.

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Israeli president Shimon Peres endorses same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, December 3, 2013
APShimon Peres
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sunday endorsed same-sex marriage, saying "we must allow everyone to live as is natural to them."

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Pair of male, TV ad puppets electrify Israeli gay rights debate

| Saturday, October 12, 2013
Yossi Weiss, Israel Electric Corporation, HOPDThis image released by the Israel Electric Corporation shows Sheka and Teka and a baby puppet used in its latest public service campaign. Sheka and Teka, or “socket” and “plug,” have starred in the company’s ads for more than a decade.
JERUSALEM -- The goal was merely to promote clean energy in Israel - but television ads starring a pair of male puppets called "plug" and "socket" have instead unleashed a debate about gay pride.

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