Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Your Questions: Our Answers

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Your Questions: Our Answers

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I am a gay Jewish man looking to go to Israel. I would like to meet other gay men there. Do you know how I can find this?

--Avrel, via e-mail

MATT SAYS: Tel Aviv is by far the gayest city in the Middle East, with late-night clubs, bars, saunas, and weekly parties; its hopping scene is centered mainly around the Nahlat Benyamin district south of Allenby Street. The modern, busy city has a surprising Miami-like vibe with a sexy beach scene and even surfers! Hilton Beach is the gay area under Independence Park. The rest of Israel can be a bit religious and orthodox, although Israeli politics on the whole are very liberal by American standards. For gay tours, check out the local tour operators HoliGays (HoliGays.biz) and Pride Tours (PrideTours.co.il), which has been in the gay travel business since 1975. For American-based gay-tour operators who organize full trips to Israel, try Hermes Tours (HermesTours.com) or Hanns Ebensten Travel (HETravel.com).

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