New date for anti-homophobia march

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A postponed protest march against hate campaigns being targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Jerusalem will finally go ahead next month, according to organisers.

The march for ‘Pride and Tolerance’ in the city was originally meant to take place on August 10th, but was delayed due to the political situation in the Middle East.

A new date for the march has now been agreed as the improved security situation in the region is considered safe enough to allow for the protest.

Organisers say that due to the increase in anti-gay feeling in the area, this years’ march, scheduled for 21st September, will be even more significant and will play a major role in the ongoing struggle to promote the rights of the LGBT community in Jerusalem.

In May this year, the district court in Jerusalem ruled that it is illegal for the Jerusalem municipality to discriminate against the LGBT community.

However, in spite of this, the region has seen a wave of discrimination against the LGBT community in the past year.

But it appears that as yet, not all the necessary approvals are in place for the march. JOH is still awaiting permits from the police and the Jerusalem municipality that have already been applied for.

“We believe and hope that the municipality and police will fulfil their legal obligation,” said Noa Sattah, the incoming ED of the JOH. “However we are prepared for legal action.”

The march follows the World Pride events that attracted visitors from around the world to Jerusalem at the beginning of August.