Israel

LGBTI Rights in Israel


ADDED ON: 01/24/2023

After failed heterosexual marriages, this Israeli lesbian couple is living it up

Sarah and Tammy were both married to men at a time when relationship with other women was unheard of; after decades in the closet, they finally found each other and they are…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2023

Israeli president’s gay son arrives with partner at LGBTQ event

President Issac Herzog's son, who is openly gay and living with his partner David and their three children, arrived at the 100th theatre performance of a play about the horrific murder at…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2023

Israel has been an LGBTQ haven in the Middle East. Its new government could change that

The minister holding the country’s purse strings calls himself a “proud homophobe.” Another minister says Pride parades are “vulgar,” while a deputy minister who wants to cancel them was just given power…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2023

Israel’s LGBTQ community reacts to new, right-wing government

Israel has made a name for itself as the most gay-friendly country in the Middle East - but the new government has members of the community worrying. Israel’s new Knesset (parliament) Speaker…

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ADDED ON: 12/31/2022

Israel names first gay speaker – but new government includes anti-LGBTQ+ ministers

The Israeli legislature has elected Amir Ohana as its first out gay speaker as a number of anti-LGBTQ+ politicians are made cabinet members. Ohana, a close ally of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu,…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2022

Israeli doctors, health care workers reject Netanyahu allies’ anti-LGBTQ remarks

Israel’s largest medical center and health care workers from hospitals around the country have spoken out against remarks by allies of Benjamin Netanyahu calling for a law to allow discrimination against LGBTQ…

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ADDED ON: 12/26/2022

Netanyahu rebukes far-right ally for anti-LGBTQ comments

JERUSALEM — Designated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a rare rebuke of his new coalition allies on Sunday for saying they would advance laws allowing discrimination against LGBTQ people, pledging there…

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ADDED ON: 12/25/2022

Netanyahu’s Far-right Allies: Doctors Could Refuse Treatment on Religious Grounds, Hotels Can Refuse LGBT Guests

Religious Zionism party lawmaker Orit Strock said on Sunday that a doctor shouldn't be forced to provide treatment that contradicts his religious beliefs, "as long as there are other doctors who can…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2022

Deputy FM says Avi Maoz’s anti-LGBT sentiment has only boosted support for community

Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll says that the anti-LGBT sentiments espoused by Noam party chief MK Avi Maoz have only boosted support for Israel’s LGBT community. “I want to thank MK Avi Maoz,…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2022

Tel Aviv’s Gay Dads

In the middle of a recent two-week trip to Tel Aviv—a city where I lived for many years, many years ago—I suddenly realized why I felt oddly content, oddly validated, oddly accepted.…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2022

Netanyahu chides Trump, vows to defend LGBT rights

Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu pushed back on criticism of his incoming right-wing government, vowing in an interview with NBC News Sunday that he will not permit an erosion of Israeli democracy in…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2022

In First, Israel Issues Guidelines to Schools for Dealing With LGBTQ Students

For the first time, Israel's Education Ministry has issued guidelines to schools regarding LGBTQ students and families. The document, released on Tuesday, requires schools to train teachers on the subject, to clarify…

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