A Wider Bridge Goes to Washington

An LGBT Cheat Sheet for DC friends of AWB and AIPAC Policy Conference Delegates Saturday, March 19 – Monday March 21. Event Details Below

A Wider Bridge is excited to be bringing together the DC LGBT and allied community for Beyond the Bridge: DC, a reception featuring local alumni from the 2015 AWB LGBT Leadership Mission to Israel. In the aftermath of the mass protests against AWB at the Creating Change Conference in January, we are eager to share the importance of our work (connecting the LGBT communities of North America and Israel) with the local community and our friends flying in this weekend for the AIPAC Policy Conference.

A Wider Bridge engages communities across the diverse and broad pro-Israel, pro-LGBT political spectrum that exists throughout North America. We are looking forward to being featured at the 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference, which will be attended by nearly 18,000 people this year. AWB Executive Director Arthur Slepian will be speaking on two panel sessions (one Sunday, one Monday) to share A Wider Bridge’s perspective and strategies building LGBT engagement with Israel. AWB will also be featured at the Monday night AIPAC LGBT Reception, a festive gathering bringing together hundreds of pro-Israel LGBT and allied delegates.

Saturday, March 19 8:30 p.m.
Beyond the Bridge: DC
A Wider Bridge Wine & Hors D’oeuvres Reception
Washington, Tel Aviv, and global LGBT Advocacy
Acadiana Restaurant (901 New York Ave NW)
Tickets available for purchase at awiderbridge.eventbrite.com
Featuring DC LGBT Leaders who traveled on the 2015 AWB Israel Mission
This is an independent event organized by A Wider Bridge and open to the DC LGBT community and friends of AWB flying in for the AIPAC Policy Conference.

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Among the 180,000 people from around the world participating in Tel Aviv Pride last June were DC LGBT leaders who came to Israel to speak at the 40 Years of Pride – Global LGBT Leadership Conference, presented by A Wider Bridge and The Aguda, Israel’s National LGBT Task Force.

Sunday, March 20 9:30 a.m.
and Monday, March 21 2:15 p.m.
Proud and Pro-Israel: LGBT Support for the U.S.-Israel Relationship
Walter E Washington Convention Center, Room TBD (See the AIPAC Agenda Builder)

A Panel Discussion (for AIPAC delegates) featuring AWB Executive Director Arthur Slepian.

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During the past 50 years, Israel has emerged as a world leader in upholding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Today, LGBT Israelis run for and hold elected office, are officers in the IDF and are leaders in Israel’s thriving business community. Israel’s citizens continue to work together with its government, to ensure equality and inclusion for members of the LGBT community in all aspects of society. Here in the United States, the LGBT community has made great strides in advancing its agenda. Yet, similar to the situation in Israel, more work still needs to be done. This session explores how American and Israeli LGBT leaders who stand together in their support for equality also stand together in their support for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.

Monday, March 21 9:30 p.m.
Fifth Annual LGBT and Allied Supporters Reception
Featuring remarks from AWB’s ED Arthur Slepian
Location TBD (See the AIPAC Agenda Builder)

A cocktail reception (for AIPAC delegates) featuring remarks from LGBT leaders, including AWB Executive Director Arthur Slepian

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Please join us at the Fifth Annual LGBT Reception at the AIPAC Policy Conference. Meet, mingle, and reconnect with friends and allies as we come together to celebrate the strength and progress of the American and Israeli LGBT communities.