Ministry of Finance Places Israel’s LGBTQ Youth in Jeopardy

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Update: We are happy to report that funds are now being released and that Hoshen and IGY can continue their very important educational programming for LGBTQ youth. We thank LGBTQ Leadership in the Knesset for intervening: Minister of Justice Amir Ohana, Itzik Shmuli, Eitan Ginzburg and Nitzan Horowitz A Wider Bridge is deeply concerned about the draconian measure […]

Meet Ofer Erez: The First Openly Trans Officer in the IDF

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Join A Wider Bridge to meet our newest grantee, Captain Ofer Erez,  October 10-25! Details “I was so nervous. I don’t remember anything from this talk.” That’s how the first openly transgender officer in the Israel Defense Forces, Lt. Ofer Erez, recalls the time three years ago when he was training to be an officer and told his […]

LGBTQ Refugees Program

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The LGBTQ Refugee Program is a project of the Aguda – Israel LGBTQ Taskforce, the umbrella community and advocacy LGBTQ NGO in Israel.  The project supplies Palestinians, Africans, Israelis from minority groups and LGBT refugees in Israel with a variety of services and facilities: legal assistance; psychological, social and financial support; and fundamental tools such as […]

Op-Ed: Israel Must Change Its Discriminatory Surrogacy Law

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Israel’s Surrogacy Law doesn’t apply to single women or same-sex couples – who are forced to seek surrogacy abroad.  Gay Activist Asaf Weiss reminds us that it’s time for a change. A demonstration on behalf of the right of same-sex couples to local surrogacy, in Jerusalem in March 2016. Photo: Emil Salman The relationship between […]

Transgender Israeli Man Spends Yom Kippur in Orthodox Synagogue’s Men’s Section

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Why was this past Yom Kippur different from any other Kippur? For transgender Israeli man, Israel Raphel Avraham, who started taking hormones six months ago, it was a dream come true to finally sit in the men’s section in his local orthodox synagogue. Last night was the most incredible night of my life with the […]

Eilat Court Grants Parenting Order to a Lesbian Couple Who is Separated

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A precedent-setting ruling was handed down today at the Family Court in Eilat, regarding parenting orders for lesbian couples. Lior and Michal, two women who brought together two children to the world and then broke up, can now legally become mothers of the children even though they do not live together anymore. Each of the […]

A Wedding in Israel Should be a Happy Occaision

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Journalist Cliff Savren argues that eliminating the Orthodox monopoly on marriage will benefit everyone, including same-sex couples. Yochai Werman and partner Yotam Hacohen hold a symbolic wedding at 2016 Jerusalem Pride The role of religion in the Jewish state was pushed to the margins in some ways when Israel was established. The Zionist movement was […]

Naftali Bennett Doesn’t Rule Out an LGBTQ Person in His Jewish Religious Party

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Education Minister and chairman of Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennett, didn’t rule out that a member of the LGBTQ community could serve in the ranks of his party. Religious Zionist public figures did not respond to a request for their comments on the matter. Religious activists in the LGBTQ community, on the other hand, welcomed […]

Israel Promises to End Same-sex Adoption Discrimination

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State commits to introduce legislation by June 2018, responding to a court petition challenging the discrimination in the current law against gays and lesbians The state committed on Sunday to introduce legislation that would equalize the adoption rights of same-sex couples by June 2018. The announcement was made during a hearing at the High Court of […]

Same-sex Adoption? Still a No-go in Israel

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Haim Abraham, an attorney and doctoral student in law at the University of Toronto, says that there’s no reason to celebrate: The Social Affairs Ministry’s ‘new’ position on this issue is ‘Yes, but’ – the same old ‘No’ in disguise The social networks of Israel’s LGBT community celebrated a victory last week when the Labor, Social […]