Jonathan Agassi Pulls out of Madrid Pride

Jun 30, 2010 3:00 PM PST
NEW YORK — Lucas Entertainment exclusive Jonathan Agassi has decided to withdraw from participating in the upcoming Madrid Gay Pride events due to his outrage with the organizers’ decision to ban an Israeli delegation from its upcoming Pride March.

Originally scheduled to perform with one of Europe’s biggest club producers, SuperMartXé, on July 2, Agassi joins LGBT Israeli performers such as Dana International in removing themselves from the festivities.

All have been in reaction to recent events surrounding the Spanish Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transexuals, and Bisexual’s declaration to exclude a group of gay Tel Aviv residents from marching in the Madrid parade.

“It’s terrible that the organizers made such an awful decision, especially since Israel is so supportive of gay rights, but I'm proud of my choice,” Agassi said.

“Madrid was supposed to be my first pride event outside of Israel and I was so excited about it. But I have no regrets, and I will never forget where I came from. Israel is and will always be my home, and I will forever support and stand up for my country!”

Presently Israel remains the only country in the Middle East to provide legal protection for gays. Many LGBT individuals have relocated to Israel to live openly and freely.

"I am proud that Jonathan, who was so excited to go to the biggest gay Pride in Europe, made a right decision,” said Michael Lucas, Lucas Entertainment CEO and president.

“Spanish hypocrites failed to realize that he is not just a porn star but a man with principles. Jonathan and my crew filmed two movies in Spain just two months ago — I don't think we will return."

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