Weekly Roundup: November 17, 2017

Stay up-to-date with our many communities: Here’s what’s been happening this week in the intersecting worlds of pro-Israel and the LGBTQ community!

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TOP NEWS

The AWB/Olivia Queer Leadership Mission to Israel is in full swing!   Check out our written and photo blogs as we experience Israel through a LGBTQ lens. A Wider Bridge

A Wider Bridge is deeply troubled by the incident Thursday, November 16, in Zion Square, in which members of The Meeting Place were harassed, assaulted, and intimidated by a group of homophobic extremists.  Read our statement. A Wider Bridge

Mike Hamel, former chair of the Aguda and a prominent social activist in the LGBTQ community, passed away this week at the age of 62.  The entire Israeli LGBTQ community lost a beloved leader. A Wider Bridge

ISRAEL NEWS

Bezeq International’s new TV ad, starring Dana International, sparked a debate in the LGBTQ community in Israel about the use of Dana’s past as a little boy and its implications for the transgender community. WDG/A Wider Bridge

In true international fashion, an Irish film company is supporting a Mexican documentary about two two Israeli trans women: Talleen Abu Hanna (Miss Trans Israel 2016) and Israela Stephanie Lev. Variety

NORTH AMERICA NEWS

Talleen Abu Hanna, Miss Trans Israel 2016, is currently on a speaking tour across the United States. The beauty queen, who embarked on a successful modeling career, landed in Boston last Sunday, and is scheduled to stay in America for 10 days. She’ll be speaking in Chicago this upcoming Sunday, November 19. A Wider Bridge

VIEWS

AWB’s Northeast Manager Quentin Hill returns to Iowa to spearhead a successful A Wider Bridge launch party. A Wider Bridge

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey defends the Jewish state in his new song “Israel.” The near six-minute pro-Zionist ballad is the closing track on Morrissey’s new album Low In High School. The Jewish Chronicle

Gay Israeli singer Elad Zabinski recalls coming out and finding inspiration for his debut album. Mako/A Wider Bridge

PHOTO OF THE WEEK


Miss Trans Israel posing with a group of students in Boston. She’s in the USA this week for a 10-day tour.