THE AGUDA LGBTQ NATIONAL TASKFORCE
In 2018, our primary Israeli partner, the Aguda-Israel LGBTQ Taskforce, launched a pride platform agenda and signed on more than 200 elected officials and public figures across Israel signed to pledge their support of LGBTQ rights.
The major components of the agenda are:
1. Preventing crime and violence against the LGBTQ community
2. Full recognition of LGBTQ families under the law
3. Adjusting welfare services to the LGBTQ community
4. Equality in health
5. Education and public acceptance of the LGBTQ community
The Aguda is also implementing educational workshops for those who signed this platform so that they can discuss key issues facing LGBTQ communities and gain practical tools to advance LGBTQ equality.
WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY?
2018 was a watershed year for the LGBTQ community in Israel. After the Knesset refused to strike down an anti-gay surrogacy bill, the community – lead by the Aguda-Israel LGBTQ Taskforce Force – implemented a nationwide strike for equality. A 2018 Hadashot TV news poll reported that the majority of Israelis backed the strike across the political spectrum from the center-right (Likud – 51%) to the center-left (Yesh Atid and Meretz – 89%)
The strike and its aftermath pushed the LGBTQ struggle for rights to the forefront of Israeli society. Some of the likely top legislative issues facing the LGBTQ community in the next Knesset are:
Amending the anti-gay surrogacy law
In 2018, the Knesset voted to uphold a surrogacy law that makes it illegal for gay couples and single men to obtain use of a surrogate parent in Israel. Despite Netanyahu’s statement that he would support a change in the surrogacy law, he ultimately voted to keep the anti-gay surrogacy law. The LGBTQ community will bring this bill back to the Knesset to be revisited. More info.
Equality in birth certificate registration for the children of same-sex couples
Currently, the Interior Ministry has a policy of refusing to register two parents of the same sex in their children’s birth certificate and refusing to register transgender parents in their children’s birth certificates with their correct gender. The LGBTQ community is fighting to change this so that both parents of same-sex couples can be listed on the birth certificate, and that trans parents can register their correct gender. More info.
Equality in adoption rights for same-sex couples
The country’s adoption law discriminates against same-sex couples wishing to adopt, stating that adoption should only be between “a man and a woman.” The LGBTQ community has pushed for a new law that will give same-sex couples the same right to adopt children in Israel as other couples. An LGBTQ friendly adoption bill was written, but still needs to be passed into law. More info.