Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT) gathered outside San Francisco's Castro Theater yesterday to protest the world's biggest LGBT film fest's acceptance of funds from the Israeli Consulate. The protest targeting Frameline Film Festival was counter-protested nearby by a smaller group of San Francisco's most ardent Israel fans.
The action came a few weeks after America's self-styled gay Zionist number-one, Michael Lucas (a columnist for The Advocate and founder of Lucas Entertainment), helped to orchestrate an "indefinite moratorium" at New York City's LGBT Community Services Center on any groups that "organize around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
Israel's government likes to emphasize that it's relatively liberal on gay issues compared to other countries in the Middle East. Last year, its Ministry of Tourism launched an advertising campaign called Tel Aviv Gay Vibe to promote that city as a "dashing piece of gay heaven" where "at every waking moment...[there is] only one goal - having fun."