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Israel is the first country to feature a same-sex duo on its version of the popular television competition "Dancing with the Stars," and the two women have already resolved the toughest question they face: Who will lead?

One, a gay television presenter, and the other, a straight professional dancer, are going to take turns.

"The leader and the follower — we change all the time," said Dorit Milman, the professional dance partner of TV sportscaster Gili Shem-Tov. "One time I lead her and one time she leads me. But we continue to court."

The dance partners, who appear on the sixth season of the popular Israeli version of the dancing competition, bring attention to the surprising tolerance of gays in an otherwise homophobic region. Although activists cite dozens of laws that discriminate against them, gays serve openly in Israel's military and the buzzing seaside metropolis Tel Aviv is one of the gay-friendliest cities in the world.

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