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People need to be active for Jerusalem to be a pride-tolerant place - opinion

Public policy for the LGBTQ+ community is still dictated by the standards of hate and prejudice.

PARTICIPANTS GATHER at last year's Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance. LGBTQ+ people in Jerusalem come from incredibly precarious circumstances and need abundant resources.

(photo credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)

It has been a quarter-century since the local LGBTQ+ community in Jerusalem has integrated and organized by founding Jerusalem’s LGBTQ+ center, the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (JOH). During this time Jerusalem’s municipality has had an incredibly complex relationship with the JOH, including a few legal battles. Israel’s court system has ruled again and again that the municipality has been discriminating against its residents but unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be planning on changing this state of affairs.

It isn’t remarkable to encounter discrimination against LGBTQ+ populations. As a Jerusalemite for the past seven years, I often think that the portrayal of Jerusalem as particularly unfriendly to LGBTQ+ folk isn’t necessarily fair or exact. Truthfully, discrimination can be found in most local governments across the globe.

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