Israel

LGBTI Rights in Israel


ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

Israel’s Gantz announces major step for LGBTQ rights

Israel’s gay community recorded one of the greatest achievements of its long struggle for equal rights on Nov. 19 when Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz instructed that all official…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2020

‘The LGBT Issue Is Slicing Israel’s religious-Zionist Community in Two’

Rabbi Mordechai Vardi thought he already knew quite a bit about Orthodox LGBT people when he decided to direct the film “Marry Me However,” a documentary on one of the burning issues…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2020

Israel to Form Government Committee to Assist Transgender Community

Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn and Welfare Minister Itzik Shmuli announced an inter-ministerial team to consider ways to ease hardships for transgender people on Monday. The team is to be the first of…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2020

Israeli Orthodox leader: Judaism does not forbid same-sex couples from building a family

(JTA) — A prominent Israeli Orthodox rabbi said that Jewish law does not forbid LGBTQ people from building a family. Rabbi Benny Lau made the statement as part of a set of…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2020

When politicians use hate speech, political violence increases

Politicians deepen existing divides when they use inflammatory language, such as hate speech, and this makes their societies more likely to experience political violence and terrorism. That’s the conclusion from a study…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

Israel’s LGBT tech sector is finally being seen

“I was very concerned about how it would impact my career,” Grembek told CTech when thinking back to coming out of the closet following his divorce. “I was very concerned about how…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2020

For Right-wing LGBT Israelis, There Are Two Closets to Come Out Of

A week before Israel’s March election, 40-year-old chef Simon Barel decided it was finally time to come out. Again. Barel, who told his family and friends he was gay at age 12,…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2020

Israeli diplomats buy 600 pounds of tahini to help Arab firm hit by LGBT boycott

The Arab-Israeli owner of a popular tahini brand facing a boycott for donating to an Israeli LGBTQ rights group has some friends in the Israeli diplomatic community. Dozens of Israeli diplomats in…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2020

Israel: Bill banning gay conversion therapy up for vote, could spark coalition crisis

A bill outlawing controversial “gay conversion therapy” threatened to generate yet another coalition crisis, as Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party was expected to support the proposal despite the objections of Prime…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2020

Tahini: The food at the center of an Arab gay rights battle

When Julia Zaher, the owner of a company that makes some of the most popular tahini in Israel, made a donation to an Israeli gay rights group recently, she saw it as…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2020

Israelis split on acceptance of homosexuality – Pew report

Israeli society is split on its acceptance of homosexuality, but is still far more accepting than other Middle Eastern countries, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. The report,…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2020

Israel sets record for number of openly gay MKs

On Friday, Israel set the record for the highest amount of openly gay MKs in the 23rd Knesset, with six members of the LGBT community, while the previous record was five. Public…

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