Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai welcomed Tel Aviv's ranking as the best gay city of 2011 on LGBT travel website gaycities.com, saying that the city has "dramatically improved its connection to the gay community.'

"It is today an integral part of the social and cultural fabric of the city," he said.

Huldai praised Tel Aviv as a city that appreciates individual freedoms, allowing "everyone to live by his principles and desires."

"This is a free city where any one can feel proud, and be proud of who they are," Huldai said.

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