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TV Host Andy Cohen Urges More Holocaust Education After Visit to Israel’s Yad Vashem

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TV personality and producer Andy Cohen visited Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum and research center on Wednesday.

“This is my first visit to Yad Vashem,” said the host of Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens Live,” according to a Twitter post by the museum, which also uploaded a picture of Cohen at the research center. “I’m completely overwhelmed. As a Jew and as a citizen of the world it’s imperative that everyone get educated about what happened.”

This is Cohen’s first time in Israel. He visited the Western Wall on Thursday and on Friday participated in Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Parade, where he was the Tel Aviv Pride 2018 ambassador. At a press conference on Thursday night, Cohen talked about being in Israel during Pride Week.

“It’s so great to be here. … I live in New York City and this is my first but definitely not my last time in Tel Aviv,” he said. “I am a proud gay Jewish man and the only gay host in late night TV. I have been struck by how incredible it is, not only to be here, but as a proud gay Jewish man surrounded by my people.”

“It’s also an amazing thing seeing gay pride flags flying everywhere next to the flag of Israel,” he added. “Celebrating Pride in Tel Aviv is a beautiful celebration of gay rights and visibility in a region where many of the neighbors cannot live as their true selves or be who they were born to be, which makes it all the more special for this massive coming together in support of equality to be taking place in Tel Aviv. This celebration is a beacon for our community in the Middle East and an incredible statement of love and acceptance of LGBTQ people from around the world.”

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