Thu 4 June 2020 | 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jerusalem - Jerusalem, Jerusalem, FREE
* Dates for 2020 to be confirmed *
Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance has become the largest and most significant civil rights movement in Jerusalem. It has been going on for over 15 years and symbolizes a persistent struggle for equal rights, liberty, personal security and protection.
About the 2019 march –
On 6.6.19 we will march at the 18th Jerusalem March for Pride & Tolerance, produced by the Jerusalem Open House for Pride & Tolerance – themed “one community, many faces”.
In the face of relentless attempts to exclude the LGBT public and the “odd-one-out” (of every variety and variance) from the Israeli public, we will celebrate the incredible diversity of the gay community – from all sectors, faiths, backgrounds, identities and genders.
We shall celebrate our life stories, each one “a world entire” – and refuse to be pushed into closets or put into boxes – and instead march with our heads held high in our capital city, Jerusalem.
It is no coincidence that the 2019 Pride season commences in the Jerusalem March for Pride & Tolerance. After a year of stormy elections – local and national – we will demand from the Knesset and the elected government an immediate amendment to the legal discrimination against us and a campaign against the violence directed at LGBTs every day around the country. We will remind our elected officials their many pledges during the election campaign – and march in full force in a show of strength, to now turn these pledges into actions.
This year we will also mark 4 years since the heinous and despicable hate crime at which Shira Banki RIP was murdered and six others injured, and 10 years since the unsolved massacre at the BarNoar, in which Nir Katz and Liz Trobishi RIP lost their lives. We will remind that is is not enough to be shocked by the bloody price which hatred has demanded. This is a call to arms, to the entire Israeli public: this is the time for us to join forces! This is the time to build, and demand a society of unity instead of rifts, of building bridges between people and communities instead of idle hate. Only a national campaign – of LGBTs and our allies from all parts of society – shall offer an alternative of hope to the violent and divisive discourse.
Alongside the pain, this year also marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots. The flag raised then, at a small New York bar, by LGBTs who refused to accept a reality of violence and blatant inequality – continues to echo, 50 years on, at Pride Marches around the globe – both in places where full equal rights have been won and where LGBTs are still persecuted and even killed.
As we mark 50 years since this important milestone of our liberation – we will go back to marching in June, the international Pride month, and together lead a different national day agenda. We will bring the voices of the LGBT public to every household in this country. We will demand from decision-makers – at the Knesset, government, Supreme Court, local government and all else – to correct the twisted reality at which we are second-class citizens. From this historic Jerusalem march, we will depart to a summer of protest and a nationwide battle.
This is the time, this is the hour, LGBTs and Allies: families, friends, colleagues at work, school, places of worship and golden-age homes – join us. Together we shall win!
6.6.2019 || Third day of Sivan 5779 || Jerusalem
Come march with us!
Schedule and route:
15:30 – 17:00 Gathering at Gan HaPa’amon and Opening Stage
17:30 – Beginning of March
19:30 – 21:00 – Rally at Main Stage at Gan Ha’Atzmaut (Independence Park)
The March will go along the following route: Gan- HaPa’amon – Plumer square – Keren HaYesod – King George – Hillel – Menashe Ben Israel – Gan Ha’Atzmaut (Independence Park)
Entrance to the parade course: at the Assembly area at HaPa’amon Garden, Paris Square, the intersection of Ha’histadrut/Hillel streets.
Exit from the parade route: at the Assembly area at HaPa’amon Garden, Paris Square and Gan Ha’Atzmaut (Independence Park)
Entry and Exit from the parade route shall not be permitted at other points of the course (except in extraordinary situations).
*The timetable is subject to change according to the number of participants and Police guidelines
**Closer to the date of the event, police guidelines with regards to road closure times and recommended public transport routes to the area.
***It is recommended to bring a bottle of water and warm clothes for the chilly evening hours.