Gay rights activist says she’s optimistic about community’s future in Jerusalem

After the stabbing at the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, it was the first time Sarah Weil felt scared walking through the Holy City with a pride flag.

“I never felt afraid, being gay in Jerusalem,” the activist says. “I can pass as a straight woman, that’s how I’ve survived in this community, to avoid confrontation and live my life. But walking around with a gay flag in Jerusalem, I received insults and was worried that someone would throw something at me from a moving car. One person yelled at me ‘animal,’ in Hebrew, one group of teenage boys passed me and said, ‘You should burn in hell.’”


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