It’s late on a Thursday evening, and Anat Nir, one of the Israeli lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community’s influential female activist entrepreneurs, is sitting in a cozy little food joint off south Tel Aviv’s Gan Hahashmal. She’s talking with passion about her latest project – something she believes will change the way people regard the community in Israeli society.

TLV Expo, a collection of booths, seminars, talkbacks, film screenings and more, on subjects ranging from family and community life to fashion and design within the LGBT community, and even a one-day Pink Economy conference, took place this week. Covering some 2,000 square meters of Dizengoff Center, the expo was just one of the numerous independently organized spinoffs coming out of the already well-known, municipality-sponsored Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade, scheduled to take place today.

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