Weekly Round-Up: April 7, 2017

Stay up-to-date with our many communities: Here’s what’s been happening this week in the intersecting worlds of Israeli, LGBT and Jewish life! A Wider Bridge



All three members of Israeli singing trio “Boyband” have decided to put an end to the fans’ rumors and come out together: “We don’t want to lie to our audience.” Frogi

A Wider Bridge wishes a big Mazel tov to the students of Columbia University for rejecting hate. BDS has no place in our University LGBTQ Centers, Stuart governments, or anywhere on American college campuses. The Times of Israel

Only three same-sex couples allowed to adopt in Israel since it became legal in 2008. Even though the law now allows gay families to adopt, they still have a lower priority. Haaretz

Transgender activist Niki Sever thinks that gender division in sports is superfluous, even in sports that require physical effort. Because this division outright rejects transgender, genderqueer and intersex people- they are forced to retire from competitions. WDG


The Tel Aviv Pride Parade will take place June 9, 2017, under the theme: Bisexual Visibility.

Ahead of the Tel Aviv Pride Parade, by now all of the pride parties have already been announced and ticket sales have begun earlier this week. A Wider Bridge Tel Aviv Pride Party guide is updated live on PinterestA Wider Bridge


ATLANTA — Gay Rabbi Joshua Lesser spoke about what lead him to become involved in social issues, in a panel discussion on the power of protest. Atlanta Jewish Times

BOSTON — Two 9-year-olds created a club for gender-creative kids their age. My Jewish Learning

LOS ANGELES — Newly founded the Los Angeles Blade published an introduction interview with Rabbi Denise Eger. Rabbi Denise talks about coming out, her LGBT hero and… meeting Lady Gaga! Los Angeles Blade

NEW YORK — Lt. Shachar Erez, the first (known) transgender officer in the Israeli military, is using his personal story to preach acceptance on a tour of the U.S. The Forward

LONDON — LGBT rights charity Stonewall has enlisted faith role models to tackle the idea that religion and sexuality are mutually exclusive. Transgender activist Surat-Shaan Knan represents Judaism: “The biggest misconception [about Judaism] is that faith and LGBT identities are at odds with each other.” The Independent


Legenday American singer Barry Manilow has spoken publicly for the first time about being gay, saying he feared he would disappoint his mostly female fan base had he come out decades ago. People magazine


Three Israeli single fathers whose babies were born in Mexico to surrogate mothers finally arrived home, but their legal fight is still not over; The fathers and babies were held for three months in Mexico because local authorities refused to issue birth certificates, Israeli authorities refuse to give them permanent passports. A Wider Bridge

The Israeli Population and Migration Authority changed transgender father’s sex on ID card back to female without his consent, following the birth of his son. Now the state acknowledges that both of the newborn parents are fathers, but refuses to give a birth certificates that reflects it. WDG


The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association approved a resolution affirming the full equality of transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals. JTA

Gay Orthodox activist Uria Ben Brit had a fruitful shift Thursday night at The Meeting Place in Jerusalem, as he walked with a rainbow flag, wearing a yarmulke, down Zion Square. A Wider Bridge


Veteran actress Mink Stole who appeared in each of the legendary director John Waters’ feature films, will be a guest of honor in the 12th LGBT international film festival in Tel Aviv. Walla! News

“Israel Calling,” a pre-Eurovision Song Contest concert, takes place in Tel Aviv for the second year in a row. Twenty-five artists selected to represent their countries in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev next month arrived for a 4-day tour of Israel, and a joint performance before the big competition. A Wider Bridge

Tamar Eisenman releases a first song off of her forthcoming English-language album. Listen: PureVolume


A Wider Bridge’s Executive Director, Arthur Slepian, shared his thoughts following the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund’s Mission to Israel in March: “I hope that we can encourage these voices that see the holiness in the idea of enough.” JCF

Rabbi Dr. Zev Farber, editor of TheTorah.com, presents a halachic approach to the inclusion of same-sex couples in Orthodox communities. The Jewish Chronicle