Popular British gay website TheGayUK ranked its top 10 landmark personalities and organizations who made 2015 a truly exceptional year in the LGBT equality movement- and included Israel Gay Youth (IGY) on the list
Other organizations and people who made the list: LGBTory (The LGBT Group of the Conservatives Party), Richard Fung (award winning documentarian), Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera (LGBT rights activist) and Casey Conway (former national rugby league player for the Sydney Roosters).
This year the Israel Gay Youth organization took the first steps in its planned outreach into the LGBT-Arab community with the translation of its site into Arabic and the opening up of online forums wherein Arab youth can discuss their fears and concerns.
In an interview with Haaretz, one of the new Arab counsellors had the following to say, “Arab gay youth have no sources of information about being gay…Until the age of 18, I thought I was the only gay person in the world. I was completely cut off. We didn’t even have sex education at school. I went looking for a boy who had left our school, and I was told he was gay. I met him, he was in an art school and he introduced me to the community. Until 12th grade I never met a gay person or went to a gay party.”
This is the first step in the right direction in offering LGBT education to Arab youth.