Anat Nir is a social entrepreneur and publicist in Israel’s LGBT community for the past 13 years.
At dawn of the new millennium, 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 has organized numerous amount of lesbian events, thus becoming one of the leading and influential characters of Tel Aviv’s LGBT cultural sphere.
Notwithstanding her growing business in the LGBT community, Anat became chief marketing officer of the “Feminanci” college, a unique academy aiming to financially empower women in the changing economy and advance equality between genders.
With this vast exposure to gender-related matters, Anat completed her M.A. in gender and peacebuilding at the UN mandated University for Peace, San José, Costa Rica. Her thesis was titled “Taking it to the Bank: Women’s Financial Empowerment in Israel”.
Recent developments in favor of the gay community brought the LGBT events and entrepreneurs to a great extent. Consequently, Anat initiated well established events such as “Lethal Lesbian” film festival, “SHE.J.” – a 10 years old festival promoting women DJs and music producers; and “Sound Sister” women rock concert. She is the producer of Pride Parade in Tel Aviv for the past 4 years and was partner in other large-scale events like “MOTHER Festival” – an international festival of contemporary music and art as well as Peaches and Ms. Kittins’ concerts in Israel.
With a decade of experience, Anat was 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 was 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.
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)