Israel

LGBTI Rights in Israel


ADDED ON: 01/04/2022

Israel opens surrogacy to same-sex couples, single fathers, transgender people.

Israel announced on Tuesday that the country will begin allowing same-sex couples, single fathers and transgender individuals to pursue parental surrogacy. The news was delivered by Israeli health minister Nitzan Horowitz, who…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2021

‘You’ll be destroyed’: LGBTQ Israelis receive hate texts allegedly sent by rabbi

Thousands of members of Israel's LGBTQ community have recently received disturbing hateful text messages, which were allegedly sent by a yeshiva rabbi, police revealed Monday. The Aguda – Israel's LGBT Task Force…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2021

Israeli deputy foreign minister denies country engages in ‘pinkwashing’

Israel’s openly gay deputy foreign minister this week dismissed the idea that his country’s government promotes LGBTQ rights in order to divert attention away from its policies towards the Palestinians. “I would…

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ADDED ON: 11/17/2021

Israeli Blood Drives Drop LGBTQ-friendly Wording Amid Pressure From Religious Groups

Israel's Magen David Adom blood bank will restore the original wording of its forms for blood donors, after pressure from religious groups over the use of gender-neutral terminology. The questionnaire for donors…

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ADDED ON: 11/15/2021

LGBTQ+ youth violently attacked in Jerusalem on way to trans conference

A group of LGBTQ+ youth were violently attacked near the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem on Friday, while they were on their way to a conference on transgender issues being held in Tel…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2021

LGBTQ+ organizations launch plan to combat sexual abuse

After a series of sexual assault and misconduct allegations against gay TV personality Gal Uchovsky and activist Etai Pinkas-Arad, the Agudah-The Association for LGBTQ+ Equality in Israel and additional organizations in the…

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ADDED ON: 11/01/2021

Hackers threaten to out Israeli LGBTQ dating site users

A hacking group calling itself Black Shadow threatened Sunday to reveal personal details of a million users of Israeli's leading LGBTQ dating site, an attack some cyber experts linked to Iran. "If…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2021

LGBTQ+ Agudah hosts Polish chief rabbi to begin new project for Diaspora

The Agudah – The Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel has launched a new plan to help LGBTQ+ Jews in the Diaspora and olim to Israel, hosting a meeting with Jewish leader…

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ADDED ON: 08/24/2021

Israel Will Now Let Gay Men Donate Blood

Israel has ended a restriction on blood donation that effectively prohibited gay men from donating blood. Until now, Israel had prohibited any man who had had same-sex relations over the past 12…

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ADDED ON: 07/12/2021

Pride Event in Israeli Settlement Draws Opposition From Multiple Directions

An LGBTQ Pride event in Ariel on Thursday marked one of the first such events in an Israeli settlement. The event was the initiative of 26-year-old Gal Hevroni, a gay former combat…

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ADDED ON: 07/11/2021

Israel’s Supreme Court rules in favour of same-sex couple surrogacy rights

Israel’s Supreme Court on Sunday ruled that current legal restrictions barring same-sex couples from becoming parents through surrogacy were unlawful and must be lifted within six months. The country’s LGBTQ+ community praised…

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ADDED ON: 06/28/2021

Israel’s ‘First Lesbians.’ It Hurts When You’re All Alone in the World

For a long time Hana Klein thought she was the only lesbian in Israel, and maybe in the whole world. She was born in 1951, grew up in Tel Aviv and at…

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