Tel Aviv is home to glorious beaches, memorable cuisine, noteworthy architecture and vibrant art, culture and music scenes. It’s an ideal travel destination, and could also be a top retirement choice, particularly if you’re a LGBTQ person of Jewish descent. Tel Aviv is the most tolerant LGBTQ destination in the Middle East, with gyms, hotels, bars and beaches dedicated to the queer community. The gay scene reaches a fever pitch during Tel Aviv Pride Week, when events bring 250,000 people together to celebrate and show support. The city is open-minded, progressive and safe for members of the LGBTQ community. Israel recognizes unregistered cohabitation between same-sex couples, yet same-sex marriages are not possible.