Nearly 1,000 people marched in Tel Aviv Sunday night, with Ma’avarim – the Israeli trans organization, to denounce violence against Israel’s transgender community, in the wake of a suspected hate crime outside a local LGBTQ center that left a teenager seriously wounded.
Under the banner “fighting for our lives,” marchers walked from the Florentine neighborhood to Rothschild Boulevard, where LGBTQ and transgender activists addressed the crowd.
The rally was attended by Blue and White MKs Eitan Ginzburg and Idan Roll, who said the centrist party was committed to stamping out violence against the LGBT community.
“Blue and White is dedicated to promoting LGBTQ rights, increased punishments for hate crimes, and taking transgender violence seriously,” the party said in a statement.
Meretz leader Nitzan Horowitz, Israel’s first-ever openly gay party head, also attended the solidarity march.
“The fact that an attack like this occurred at a place that is supposed to be a safehouse for youths from the gay community demonstrates the depth of the danger,” he said.
In February, the Aguda National LGBTQ Taskforce released a report finding a 54 percent jump in the number of reported homophobic incidents in 2018 over the previous year.
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