IDF and gay pride

June 12, 2012 - 11:27 AM by

Lots of talk out there about gay pride, particularly in Israel where Gay Pride Month/Week is being celebrated, culminating with a parade in Tel Aviv last Friday.

But as it’s been said more than once, a picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case, 1,042 comments thus far, as the official IDF Facebook page posted a photo of two IDF soldiers, in uniform, presumably gay, holding hands. Titled “It’s Pride Month. Did you know that the IDF treats all of its soldiers equally? Let’s see how many shares you can get for this photo,” there have been 4,802 ‘shares’, 6,773 ‘likes’ and many a comment, ranging from those offended to those who are elated.

In celebration of Gay Pride (photo credit: Israel Defense Forces)

And consider this: Israel was one of the first countries to abolish restrictions on openly gay soldiers serving in the military, and adopted a law in 1993 that prohibits discrimination against gay forces. Pretty forward-thinking, dontcha think?

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