Municipality to fund Gay Pride Parade
By Haaretz Service and Itim
The Jerusalem District Court on Monday ordered the Jerusalem Municipality to fund the Gay Pride Parade held by The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance.
Judge Judith Tsur accepted a petition submitted by the Open House and ordered the municipality to pay NIS 350,000 as part of the funding for the cultural and social activities held by the establishment in the years 2003-2005.
The Open House’s petition demanded that the municipality include the gay rights establishment on the list of non-profit organizations to which the municipality allocates funding.
According to the Open House, which serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in Jerusalem the municipality discriminates against it, and does not follow set criteria for financial administration.
The Open House has filed several lawsuits against the municipality, run by ultra-Orthodox mayor Uri Lupolianski. The lawsuits protest the city’s refusal to fund the establishment’s ongoing activities and its attempts to prevent the Gay Pride Parade from taking place.
The Open House has been acting as a non-profit organization since 1997 for the promotion and encouragement of social pluralism and tolerance in Jerusalem. It also works for the integration of the gay-lesbian community into the city’s social fabric.