Israel

LGBTI Rights in Israel


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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ADDED ON: 06/22/2020

Tel Aviv mayor says city to recognize same-sex marriages

The municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa said on Sunday that it would allow same-sex couples and non-traditional partnerships to register their union with the city hall in order to benefit from matrimonial rights.…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2020

Israel: Municipalities reaching out to LGBT community

Tel Aviv may still be the gay capital of the Middle East, but 29 other municipalities – including those with councils that include representatives of ultra-Orthodox communities – are also reaching out…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2020

Israel: New government could bring real change for LGBT community

While many were disappointed at the sight of this bloated amalgam called Israel's 35th government, maybe, just maybe it will be the one to actually take steps to improve LGBT rights in…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2020

Muslim LGBT ‘Allies’ Silent as Muslim Attacks on Gays Increase

There’s a new slur trending in Turkey these days aimed at the LGBTQ population: “#YallahHollandaya” or “Go to Holland.” The expression reflects the Netherlands’ longstanding acceptance of homosexuality, having been the first…

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ADDED ON: 04/23/2020

Israel Shows Us the Future of Protest

Rabin Square in Tel Aviv has always been a popular site for demonstration. Israelis gathered on this expansive plaza to protest the Gaza War in 2014 and to demand LGBT rights in…

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ADDED ON: 04/22/2020

Court rules against Beersheba print shop that refused to serve LGBT group

The Beersheba Magistrate’s Court ruled Tuesday that a local print shop must compensate an LGBT rights group after it refused to print its posters. The Aguda Association for LGBT Equality in Israel…

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