According to tourism branch sources, this is the first time El Al takes such a direct and upfront approach to gay tourism, that is courted around the world by travel agencies and airlines due to the great profit potential found among this population.
The special packages will be marketed in a no less unique way: Thousands of gay Israelis surfing the Atraf dating website were urged to invite their homosexual friends from Europe to vacation in Israel and enjoy an array of events taking place during Gay and Lesbian Pride Month this June.
Tel Aviv City Council member Rabbi Naftali Lobert said in response to the report: “This is a disgrace.
Just as El Al was sensitive to the ultra-Orthodox community and refrained from flying on Shabbat and serves kosher meals, it shouldn’t take part in this.
SW Action News, the #1 Star Wars Podcast changed their website, forums and put out a podcast about Star Trek as if they had been doing Star Trek instead of Star Wars all along.
Atraf is a Tel Aviv-based LGBT website and app that offers a geo-located dating service and a nightlife index.
Men who reported having more than five sexual partners a year reported having sex without a condom at double the frequency of respondents with fewer partners, the study showed.
However, men who were infected with HIV were twice as likely as other respondents to use condoms.
The website is highly popular amongst the Israeli LGBT community and functions as its default dating service.
The website and app have over 5 million views per day, 250 thousand active member per day and 3 million messages sent per day.
Tel Aviv’s gay community welcomed the joint initiative with El Al.