Israel to launch first LGBT TV channel for Pride

An Israeli media company has announced it is launching its first ever live TV channel aimed exclusively at LGBT+ audiences. HOT TV will be launching OUTtv to mark Pride month and it will show reality TV shows documentaries, romantic comedies and exclusive original programmes.

Shows to be aired by the channel include RuPaul’s Drag Race, Fire Island and the gay dating series Finding Prince Charming, hosted by former NSYNC member Lance Bass, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The channel will also cover LGBT+ events in Israel and internationally. Tel Aviv Pride will take place on 14 June, with actor Neil Patrick Harris appointed to be the event’s official International Ambassador.

The How I Met Your Mother actor is expected to attend the event with his husband David Burtka and their eight-year-old twins, Harper and Gideon. “Tel Aviv has become a symbol of the openness and acceptance of the LGBTQ community on the world stage,” Harris said in a statement.

“We are honoured to be in Israel for the first time and have the honor to take part in this beautiful celebration and to stand with the LGBTQ community in Israel and around the world, especially on the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.”

Israel is considered one of the most LGBT+ tolerant countries in the Middle East. Having decriminalised homosexuality in 1988, discrimination against those who identify as queer was prohibited in 1992.

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