Thousands celebrate LGBTQ rights in Israel

Thousands of people marched in Israel to celebrate LGBTQ rights, taking advantage of eased coronavirus restrictions.

Organizers said about 8,000 people joined the annual parade in Jerusalem in support of the rights of sexual minorities on Thursday. Last year, the parade was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 80 percent of people 16 years and older have completed their vaccinations in Israel. The average number of new daily cases has dropped below 20.

From June, most restrictions have been lifted except for wearing masks indoors. There is no limit on the number of people at gatherings, and people are not required to show certificates of vaccination.

The parade was held under heavy police security. The participants wearing no masks said they have nothing to fear.

In Israel, several lawmakers and Cabinet members have come out as members of the LGBTQ community. In Tel Aviv, the local government is taking measures to support sexual minorities.