LGBT Travellers

Owing to Jerusalem’s religious nature, the city’s LGBT+ scene is much more subdued than its Tel Aviv equivalent. Orthodox Judaism, Islam and almost all of the Holy Land’s Christian churches adamantly oppose homosexuality, so it’s best to be circumspect in religious neighbourhoods, especially in Jewish Orthodox areas and East Jerusalem. There are no laws in Israel against homosexuality. Israel does not have gay marriage but does recognise gay and lesbian marriages performed abroad.

Videopub is a spangleicious gay bar with a tiny dance floor. Email the Jerusalem Open House for Pride & Tolerance ahead of time to learn about community events, some of which are English-speaker friendly.

In late July or early August, the LGBT community takes to the streets in the Jerusalem March for Pride & Tolerance. More a human rights demonstration than a carnival, the march urges tolerance of the LGBT community and remembers those killed and injured in the 2009 Bar-Noar shootings (a targeted attack on the gay community), as well as Shira Banki who was stabbed to death by an ultra-Orthodox man at the parade in 2015.