#BeyondTheBridge is the brand new global advocacy initiative of A Wider Bridge that works at the intersection of Israel and global LGBTQ advocacy; building connections, dialogue, and collaboration between the LGBTQ leaders of Israel and the rest of the global LGBTQ community. The initiative was launched Tuesday night with sixty LGBT people and allies at the headquarters of JQ International in West Hollywood.
(Pictured left to right: A Wider Bridge Director of Programs and Development Tyler Gregory, Lambda Legal Law and Policy Programs Director Jenny Pizer, The It Gets Better Project International Programs Coordinator Justin Tindall, Los Angeles LGBT Community Leader Vince Garcia, and Nigerian LGBT activist Davis Mac-Iyalla)
Featured were four LGBT leaders who spoke at the 40 Years of Pride Conference last June in Tel Aviv – Jenny Pizer (Lambda Legal Law and Policy Programs Director), Justin Tindall (International Programs Coordinator for the It Gets Better Project), Vince Garcia (Los Angeles LGBT Community Leader), and Davis MacIyalla (Nigerian LGBT activist and founder of Changing Attitudes Nigeria). Each leader spoke about their experiences in Israel and with Israel’s LGBT community, and how they are applying what they learned in Israel to their own work in LGBT advocacy.
In June, A Wider Bridge hosted the 40 Years of Pride Conference in partnership with the Aguda – Israel LGBT Task Force, the first-ever international LGBT leadership conference in Israel. The Conference discussions in areas such as religion, minorities, politics and culture demonstrated the value that the Israeli LGBT community can bring to our increasingly interconnected, global movement for LGBT equality and human rights.
Beyond the Bridge (in Hebrew, me’ever l’gesher) was launched as the next phase of AWB’s globally focused work, recognizing of the need to continue to build connections, conversation, and collaboration between the LGBT leaders of Israel and the global community. AWB is planning a series of Beyond the Bridge events, such as Tuesday’s in Los Angeles, to bring together local LGBT leaders to discuss the significance of Israel’s LGBT experience in the quest for global LGBT equality.