At Tel Aviv’s LGBTQ Pride, Neil Patrick Harris Says He’s No Gay Icon

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — This yr’s official worldwide ambassador to Tel Aviv’s Homosexual Pleasure Parade says he has no real interest in being a homosexual icon.

TV star Neil Patrick Harris arrived in Israel Wednesday alongside together with his husband, the chef and actor David Burtka, to headline Tel Aviv’s annual celebration of its well-known gay-friendly scene.

However Harris, who has two youngsters by way of surrogacy and is concerned in numerous gay-affiliated advocacy teams, says he hardly considers himself an emblem of the neighborhood.

“I’m only a man who’s married to a different man and now we have youngsters and we reside our lives I’d say as ‘usually’ as one would. However I believe regular is a really subjective time period, particularly within the homosexual neighborhood,” he informed The Related Press. “I legitimately have no real interest in being a consultant or an envoy for something besides my youngsters.”

Tel Aviv’s Homosexual Pleasure Parade is the largest occasion of its variety within the area, sometimes drawing some 250,000 individuals from Israel and around the globe yearly to the colourful beachside march and celebration.

Israel has emerged as one of many world’s most gay-friendly journey locations lately, with Tel Aviv particularly famous for its gay-friendly life-style, in sharp distinction to the remainder of the Center East the place homosexual tradition is commonly not tolerated or persecuted.

In Israel, homosexuals serve overtly within the army and in parliament and plenty of common artists and entertainers are homosexual. Final week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed his ally Amir Ohana as justice minister, making him the nation’s first overtly homosexual Cupboard minister.

Whereas assist for homosexual rights is more and more widespread among the many nation’s secular majority, Israel’s LGBTQ neighborhood hasn’t attained full equality. Extremely-Orthodox Jewish events, which wield vital affect in Netanyahu’s right-wing authorities, have lengthy resisted laws granting homosexual {couples} equal marriage and parental rights.

Amongst Palestinians, homosexuals are usually secretive about their social lives and a few have crossed into Israel to reside safely. Nevertheless, some critics have additionally accused Israel of “pinkwashing,” or utilizing its tolerance for homosexual tradition to deflect criticism of harsh insurance policies towards the Palestinians.

Harris, in his first go to to the area, refused to wade into these murky waters, saying he knew little or no of the native scene. In reality, he mentioned the parade could be the primary one wherein he’s ever taken half. He mentioned he has solely watched one earlier than in Berlin, the place he was impressed with the way it “was so joyous and jubilant and stuffed with so many individuals expressing themselves and it was simply infectious love.”

Harris, who rose to fame as a toddler actor enjoying the title character within the medical drama Doogie Howser M.D., got here out publicly in 2006 whereas starring because the infamous womanizer Barney Stinson within the common comedy TV present “How I Met Your Mom.”

He additionally famously performed a fictionalized model of himself within the Harold & Kumar films, wherein he perpetuates his oversexed, drug-addicted alter ego, with the character even insinuating that “Neil Patrick Harris” was simply pretending to be homosexual so he might trick girls into having intercourse with him.

“I used to be the antithesis of who you’ll have anticipated,” he mentioned. “It was simply the catastrophe rock-and-roll model of NPH,” he mentioned, referring to himself by his initials.

From the balcony of a luxurious resort in Jaffa overlooking the route of the deliberate parade route, Harris mentioned he appreciates the good features that gays have made.

He famous that his go to coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York Metropolis, extensively concerning because the opening salvo within the combat for LGBTQ rights in the USA.

“It’s good to understand the place we’ve come from,” he mentioned. “I’m very grateful that I reside in a time and in a world the place the needle has moved so much due to others and I’m pleased to advertise the positivity of all of it.”

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