Tel Aviv pride parade
Photo: Ofer Amram
Out Magazine, one of the leading homosexual magazines in the US, has recently published a guide to picking up men in Israel, with an added bonus of recommended pickup lines such as: "Would you like to spin my dreidel?"; "Is that a mezuzah in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"; "Do you sleep on your stomach? No? Can I?"; and other gems.
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'Out' has anointed Tel Aviv this month's recommended tourist attraction, labeling it the capital of Bauhaus, commerce, culinary culture, and, of course, men. Tel Aviv's coffee houses are described as packed full of people advertising the gay slogan, 'We're here and we're queer'.
You might not expect to hear such slogans, typical of Sydney and San Francisco, in the conservative country of Israel. It wasn't always this way, but since its first broadcasted gay kiss Israel has come a long way. Now, a decade later, there are plenty of hangouts for gay men, according to 'Out'. The magazine published a list of them as part of the guide.
And 'Out' is not alone. During the last few weeks the Foreign Ministry has been reporting an international trend taken on by foreign magazines who praise the Israeli way of life, complimenting its food, tourist attractions, nightlife, culture, and architecture. Lifestyle magazines in the UK, France, and the US plan on publishing over 30 articles on the subject in the near future.
Israeli consul for Media and Public Affairs in New York, David Saranga, initiated some of these articles. "If the first wave has given our audience a peek at Israel," he said, "the second wave, which will reach its summit during Israel's 60 year independence celebration, will capture their attention in a way they will not be able to ignore."