Politics and Activism

Anat Nir

AnatNir-Featured-1Anat Nir has been an activist, social entrepreneur and publicist in Israel’s LGBTQ community for over 15 years.

At the age of 21, Anat was the initiator and owner of “Makom”, one of the very first lesbian bars in Tel Aviv. During its yearlong activity, her bar became known throughout the community and drew the attention of many partygoers. However, homophobic circumstances brought to its early closing, raising Anat’s devotion to the gay struggle.

Along with her business partner, Dana Ziv, under the brand “Dana ve Anat”, she organized numerous lesbian events including the Lethal Lesbian Film Festival, thus becoming one of the leading and influential characters of Tel Aviv’s LGBTQ cultural sphere.

Anat produced the Pride Parade in Tel Aviv from 2012-2009, the Be’er Sheva Pride Parade in 2011  and other large-scale events including the “MOTHER Festival” – an international festival of contemporary music and art as well as Peaches and Ms. Kittins’ concerts in Israel.

Anat was also nominated as Director of the Lesbian Segment in Tel Aviv Gay Vibe, a tourism campaign sponsored by Tel Aviv Municipality and the Ministry of Tourism. This international project includes global advertisement and international event production.

Anat also served as Chief Marketing Officer of the “Feminanci” college, a unique academy empowering women financially to advance equality between genders.

Anat was also a lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces, serving as a squad commander for recruits and a platoon commander in the school of aviation, training future aircrews and technicians. In addition, she served as a training development officer in the IDF ground forces. She holds a B.A. in business management and marketing from the New England College in Tel Aviv and an M.A. in gender and peacebuilding from the UN University in San José.

In 2017, Anat sold her stake in her production company to contend for a place on the Meretz party list for the Knesset.



Key Moments for Israel’s LGBTQ Communities(A Wider Bridge / December 17, 2018)
Lethal Lesbian Film Festival 2017 (A Wider Bridge / October 31, 2017)
Imri Kalmann and Anat Nir Announced Running for Meretz’ Nominations for the Knesset (WDG / May 30, 2017)
2017 LGBT Israelis’ Social Media Power List (A Wider Bridge / February 28, 2017)
President Rivlin Meets LGBT People Who Serve in Police and Military (Arutz Sheva / December 20, 2016)
Ms. Noir Goes to Israel! (A Wider Bridge / November 9, 2016)
Tel Aviv 2016 Pride Theme: Women! (WDG / Gebruary 4, 2016)
2015 in Bridging LGBTQ North America and Israel (A Wider Bridge / December 30, 2015)
Looking Back at 2015 (A Wider Bridge / December 30, 2015)
A Wider Brunch: Watch it in Full (A Wider Bridge / November 3, 2015)
Activist Discusses Israeli LGBT Life (Windy City Media Group / October 24, 2015)
Moovz Targets Women (Mako Pride / October 5, 2015)
Ten Israeli Lesbians to Follow on Social Media (A Wider Bridge / March 24, 2015)
The Aguda Selects Its New Leaders (Facebook / November 17, 2014)
’She-J’ Contest in Tel Aviv This Weekend (Mako Pride / January 22, 2014)
Israel’s LGBT Community Raises A Red Flag (A Wider Bridge / August 29, 2013)
The 5th Lethal Lesbian: A Success! (A Wider Bridge / October 15, 2012)