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Tel Aviv Makes Gay Tourism Push In Copenhagen

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The World Outgames aren’t just a display of gay athletic prowess, but also operate as an opportunity for tourism boards to reach a captive audience. Melbourne, Rio and Amsterdam will all send representatives to this year’s games in Copenhagen, as will Israel, a nation where gay rights remain a matter of serious contention:

Copenhagen mayor Ritt Bjerregaard recently approached Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and invited him to set up a compound at the event in order to promote tourism to the Israeli city…

Huldai appointed City Council member Itai Pinkas and the coordinator of the pride parade in Tel Aviv Adir Steiner to organize the project.
The two decided to erect the compound on the beach, and turn it into a typical Tel Avivian strip of sand, complete with paddle ball games, falafel and surfboards. “This is an opportunity to put Tel Aviv on the world map of gay tourism,” Pinkas stated.

The duo have enlisted a number of Israeli cultural figures, including gay filmmaker Eytan Fox, to represent Tel Aviv at this summer’s festivities. They’re also coordinating a massive dance party, because everyone knows we gays can’t resist a little rump shaking!

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Mar 17, 2008
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  • 5 Comments
    • Genkigirl
      Genkigirl

      FYI, the outgames aren’t happening this summer. They take place in 2009.

      Mar 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • from tel aviv
      from tel aviv

      Well, for 2009 Pinkas will have ti get reelected first. Will Huldai support bringing the out games to Tel Aviv, may be like he supportged bringing EuroPride..

      Mar 18, 2008 at 2:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tiger
      Tiger

      World Outgames are a sham!

      Up with the Gay Games!

      Mar 18, 2008 at 2:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fred Jaroni
      Fred Jaroni

      The Outgames are a bankrupt corrupt ripoff. There will be no substantial sports element at all, just a bunch of parties and bad gay art.

      It’s just run by gay tourism flacks. They should just give up. Nobody else in the world bid to host this losing entity. Copenhagen is only using some leftover money from a canceled soccer tournament.

      This press release you’ve regurgitated is typical; false promises of appearances by people who aren’t even elected yet. It’s all smoke and mirrors.

      Outgames is nothing but a bankrupt entity.

      Mar 18, 2008 at 2:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason Olfest
      Jason Olfest

      The Outgames are a rip off of the Gay Games.

      I think we all know that.

      Jason

      Mar 18, 2008 at 4:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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