A Wider Bridge invites you to meet the leaders of IGY, Israel Gay Youth, in Chicago
In a vibrant discussion with Moran Dankner and Zachary Cohen, hear about the work of IGY towards bettering the lives of LGBT youth, teens, and young adults – particularly beyond the gay Mecca of Tel Aviv. Hear how it’s done in Israel.
Israel Gay Youth: Rainbow Generation
Wine & Cheese Reception
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N Broadway Street
RSVP to Laurie@awiderbridge.org
Zachary Cohen is the creative director of IGY and a long time LGBTQ and human rights activist. After growing up in the U.S. and moving to Israel he has a unique perspective that blends both countries. Zachary hold an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin in Political Science, and a Masters Degree from the Hebrew University in Non-profit Management.
Moran Dankner, 24, was born and raised in Tel Aviv. A photographer by trader, she has long been a community activist, taking an active role working with LGBTQ youth, and women’s empowerment within the LGBTQ community. Utilizing her expertise gained as a commander in the IDF, Moran was an active youth guide within the LGBTQ drop-in-center. She is currently living in New York to complete a degree in photography.
More on IGY
IGY operates about 40 social and support groups that meet weekly in 20 communities throughout Israel. The groups’ central goal is to provide a welcoming environment where youth can freely express thoughts and feelings concerning sexual orientation and gender identity. Each group is led by a counselor who is trained and supervised by professional staff. The groups are divided according to age level, serving teens (ages 15-18) and young adults (18-23). Teen groups explore sexual and gender identity development and formation, coming-out issues and school environment issues. Young adult groups focus on issues regarding military service, academic studies, leaving home and personal independence. Counselors seek to instill a sense of belonging among all participants, who learn they are not alone and are part of a larger LGBT community that is an integral component of Israeli society. This process fosters a sense of empowerment, motivates social activism and develops young leadership.