The Tudor Hydronaut is a very sturdy watch for every day use, incredibly well built and very comfortable bracelet. The watch was acquired years ago by a friend from a closing local shop, gave it to his dad and now was offered again to me. The watch comes with full links and original blank card.
Model: Hydronaut II
Material: Stainless Steel
Crystal: Sapphire Crystal
Movement: Automatic Wind
Bracelet/Strap: Original Bracelet
Lug Width: 21mm
Pride pride pride… What’s there to be proud of anyways in being gay? Why be so showy?
We are proud = We are no longer ashamed.
We are not ashamed of who we are. We will not apologize for how we were born. I am proud to be gay. I am proud of the way I was born. Proud I choose not to hide who I am. Proud and happy with who I am. I do not hide my identity. I do not apologize for it. I am a role model for straight people who have been imprinted with a false stigma, as well as for those in and out of the closet, as much as I can be.
A unique sexual orientation or gender identity is not a flaw or source for shame. Pride is also meant to encourage those who have not come out of the closet, who still feel ashamed, as well as those who have already come out, in spite of all the hardship they’ve experienced (if they have) along the way.
Our demand for full equal right, both legally and in practice, without needing to apologize for it, is a matter of pride. It’s not a request. Not a hopeful wish. The day we will be given full equal rights, without discrimination against sexual orientation or gender identity, the day gay couples can hug, kiss, or express affection without being beaten or murdered, without it being considered “disgusting”, “a provocation”, just like their fellow straight people – then we will know our mission is complete. And we will be proud of that as well.
What more do you want? You’re already being treated better, already being accepted!
There is a huge difference between acknowledging and accepting.
A lot of people “don’t have a problem with gay people”, but the moment they see a same-sex couple holding hands, hugging or kissing – that’s considered “provocative” (what would they say about a straight couple doing the same thing?).
Acknowledgement – That’s an improvement.
Acceptance – We’re not there yet…
True, things will continue to change and improve.
Israeli society has gone through a relatively accelerated change regarding how it treats the LGBTQ community.
Up to the mid-nineties non-straight sexual orientations were considered grounds for violence, job termination, not being recruited or being discharged from the IDF and general discrimination and ostracization from society, family, workplaces etc. The police (as well as the medical community, by the way) treated us like an infected community which needed to be handled with gloves (not soft, silk gloves. Sterile gloves).
Nowadays, gays (for the most part) are no longer lepers, social outcasts, set aside from disgust, who’s friends disassociate from and who’s families abandon them to the loneliness and hardship of the world. The world has changed and advanced. You can see us and others like us everywhere, not just in Tel Aviv, and in positions of significance – from military generals and ministers in government to popular singers, actors and TV hosts. 15,000 LGBTQ families.
And yet, there is still much to do, change and improve.
The day we will be given full equal rights, without discrimination against sexual orientation or gender identity, the day gay couples can hug, kiss, or express affection without being beaten or murdered, without it being considered “disgusting”, “a provocation”, just like their fellow straight people, the day I am able to marry and become a father without needing to invest a fortune or travel to another country, on that day we will know we’ve been accepted, for real this time.
Why are there more LGBTQ people now than before?
The answer is simple: There aren’t more LGBTQ people now than before.
Ever since the 1940’s, research has shown, without any doubt or exceptions, that in every test group there are between 4-14% who belong to the LGBTQ community (not just gay, also lesbians, bi-sexuals, etc.).
By the way, even in more pro-LGBTQ cities and towns, where there is a more public presence of gay individuals and proud families, there aren’t more gay people per capita. Not even within the proud families themselves: Most of their children – are straight. In other words, sexual orientation is not an acquired quality nor is it contagious. One cannot become gay.
What’s the difference between gay and homosexual?
For the most part, there is no difference. In Hebrew homo = gay.
The word “gay” in English is a neutral term used to describe gay men and lesbians alike.
Unfortunately, the word “gay” in Hebrew, is a commonly used insult, even amongst children and even these days. Quite a few gay people will find it easier to say, “I’m gay”, as opposed to “I’m homosexual”, since it’s considered a neutral term without any connotations (positive or negative).
What’s this parade everyone is always talking about?
The Pride Parade is an annual parade that takes place all over the world. Quite a few straight people (about half the people marching, if not more) march along side us out of support for the struggle (oh, also because it’s really fun).
Here’s what really happens in the parade in Tel Aviv: It begins with a memorable and colorful carnival with a big picnic for LGBTQ families. After which, a quarter-million fully clothed people begin to march (you’re welcome to join). Raising banners. Dancing. Just being happy. What you see on TV are the odd cases. What did you expect to see? The trivial boring ones? That’s not how you make the news.
Why do you need a parade?
It sounds better in English.
The Hebrew translation of the original English term (Pride Parade) is a little inaccurate. The source of the term “Pride” – “גאווה” is meant to be the opposite of “Shame”. Unlike heterosexual society, who in the past so the people marching and their supporters as sinners, members of the LGBTQ community are proud of their identity and are not apologizing or ashamed of it, they expect society to accept them the way they are – and that is why we march.
The parades have evolved into protests and demands for rights, and in certain places they still have a protesting quality (like Jerusalem), but in places which are more supportive of the LGBTQ community (like Tel Aviv) it’s became a colorful festival-like celebratioin, where pride flags are flown, dance music is played, drag queens will perform and more. These parades still carry elements of protest, political statement and education.
What is LGBTQ?
LGBT is short for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.
The term takes various sexual orientations and gender identities and unites them into one identity.
In recent years we’ve begun using the term LGBTQ (adding a Q for Queer).
It’s my belief that we will slowly transition to using the more positive term “Pride Community” which doesn’t place limits on who can be part of the “community”.
Sexual orientation (lesbian or gay, for example) and gender identity are two very different things, however, us in the community see each other as partners in the struggle against coercion and discrimination of gender roles which oppresses humanities diversity and uniqueness.
I personally believe we are born on a spectrum. Some of us are attracted to women, others to men, some a little to here and a little to there and others to both. Some more and others less. So, in a way, we all belong to the Pride Community.
Where are there parades? Only in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem?
The main parades, obviously, take place in Tel Aviv (the party one) and in Jerusalem (the protesting one, you won’t see too many trucks there, for example), but not only there:
In recent years during pride month (June), hundreds of pride flags are being flown in cities all over Israel, and in addition many pride parades and events take place in Haifa, Be’er Sheva, Petach Tikva, Tveira, Afula, Beit Shemesh, Emek HaYarden, Netanya, Bat Yam, Givat Shmuel, Rehovot, Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Eilat, Nahariya, Dimona, Harish, Pardesiya, Qiryat Ono and yes – even in Yehud.
Some cities will have a parade. Other cities will have different events (various lectures and panels, for example).
You’re welcome to come, listen, speak, share and participate. This doesn’t mean you’re gay. It means you’re human. We don’t bite.
Why does you’re flag look like that?
The pride flag is made of the six colors of the rainbow (from top to bottom: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet).
The colors in the flag represent diversity and equality: The beauty in the ability of different people to live together, side by side, in harmony (just like the different colors of the flag).
Reminder: According to the biblical story, the rainbow was shown for the first time in the sky to Noah after the flood, as a promise form God to never again destroy humanity for corrupting justice and morality. Discrimination of gender or sexuality – is injustice.
Committing murder at a Pride Parade in the holy city of Jerusalem – is unjust and immoral.