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Tel Aviv invites Caitlyn Jenner to head gay pride parade

( Organizers for the upcoming Tel Aviv gay pride parade have invited Caitlyn Jenner to headline the event. Jenner, a former Olympic men’s decathlon winner who previously went by the name Bruce, has drawn international headlines while becoming the de facto face of the transgender movement for her recently announced transition to womanhood on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. “When I saw your interview with Diane Sawyer, I was amazed by your bravery and determination to live your life as you choose,” Yaniv Weizman, who holds the gay community portfolio on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipal council, said in an invitation to Jenner to lead the parade, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. Tel Aviv’s gay pride parade is the largest such event in the Middle East, where many countries in the region brutally suppress gay and transgender rights. This year’s Tel Aviv parade, which will be held June 12, will focus on transgendered people. Organizers are expecting around 180,000 people to attend the parade.

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