Israel Gay Youth

IGY-Featured-1Israel Gay Youth (IGY) aims for LGBTQ teenagers and young adults to lead the gay community in social change by creating a more tolerant society of the “other” and the “different”. The not-for-profit organization aims to stop “homo” from being a dirty word in schools, and end discrimination, exclusion and violence geared at the LGBTQ community. Official Website


IGY operates about 40 social and support groups that meet weekly in 20 communities throughout Israel. The groups’ central goal is to provide a welcoming environment where youth can freely express thoughts and feelings concerning sexual orientation and gender identity. Each group is led by a counselor who is trained and supervised by professional staff. The groups are divided according to age level, serving teens (ages 15-18) and young adults (18-23). Teen groups explore sexual and gender identity development and formation, coming-out issues and school environment issues. Young adult groups focus on issues regarding military service, academic studies, leaving home and personal independence. Counselors seek to instill a sense of belonging among all participants, who learn they are not alone and are part of a larger LGBT community that is an integral component of Israeli society. This process fosters a sense of empowerment, motivates social activism and develops young leadership.


AILO LOGO NEW A1Alliance of Israeli LGBTQ Educational Organizations
AILO is a collaboration of Israel Gay Youth, Hoshen and Tehila working together to build community, teach understanding, and create change.  In March 2012, A Wider Bridge sponsored “Rainbow Generations,” a visit by the leaders of AILO to the West Coast of the United States and Canada.  They spoke at events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver.  You can read about that visit here.


Conference for Israel’s LGBT Religious Communities (A Wider Bridge / October 10, 2017)
This Gay Israeli is Protesting the Government’s Regressive Adoption Laws (Gay Star News / August 6, 2017)
Harel Skaat Gives Voice to LGBT Issues in Israel (Jewish Journal / July 27, 2017)
Israeli Gay Youth Mark IDAHOT Day (WDG / May 17, 2017)
Tel Aviv Pride Parade to Be World’s First Bisexuality Themed Parade (The Advocate / May 10, 2017)
Let My People Go: Fighting For LGBT Russians (The Bay Area Reporter / April 27, 2017)
“The Closet is a Stuffy Place Filled With Fears” (A Wider Bridge / March 31, 2017)
An Aspiring Singer’s Coming Out Story (Mako Pride / February 28, 2017)
Minister Bennett Responds on IGY Issue (WDG / December 15, 2016)
Only Tel Aviv Seriously Funds Gay Youth NGO (Haaretz / February 23, 2017)
Accepting My Own Bisexuality (IGY / February 7, 2017)
Dorit Glassman is the New Leader of IGY (IGY, A Wider Bridge / February 1, 2017)
Education Minister Corrects Gay Youth Budget (A Wider Bridge / December 27, 2016)
Gender-Suppression in Modern Society (A Wider Bridge / December 20, 2016)
No Development on IGY’s budget (A Wider Bridge / December 13, 2016)
Bennett Cuts Gay Youth Budget (Channel 2 / December 7, 2016)
Leadership Changes in LGBT Organizations (A Wider Bridge / December 6, 2016)
Education With Pride (WDG / December 1, 2016)
Things Lesbian Women Are Tired of Hearing (IGY / November 29, 2016)
Bisexual People Fight Negative Stigma (WDG / NOvember 17, 2016)
All-Girl Soccer Team Reality Show Casts Transgender Rights Advocate (Walla! / October 26, 2016)
KALA Seeks A Queen (WDG / October 6, 2016)
Gay Israeli Arab Youths Thrown Lifeline Through WhatsApp (Haaretz / September 18, 2016)
“Pride Blue & White” is Launched (A Wider Bridge / August 15, 2016)
Bar Noar Massacre: Seven Years Later (Mekomit / August 2, 2016 )
Musician Noam Horev Joins IGY (IGY / July 29, 2016)
How to Reduce LGBT School Bullying (A Wider Bridge / July 13, 2016)
Elior: “My Parents Are Not Ready to See Or Hear About My Partner” (Mako Pride / July 8, 2016)
Israeli LGBT People Unite With Orlando (A Wider Bridge / June 13, 2016)
A Russian Immigrant Will Show You Around LGBT Tel Aviv (A Wider Bridge / June 10, 2016)
Pride Week in Israel in an Age of Extremes (The Huffington Post / June 5, 2016)
Transgender Youth: Making a Difference (Ynet / June 2, 2016)
Nina Halevy is Honored (WDG / May 26, 2016)
New: Evening Tours of LGBT Tel Aviv (A Wider Bridge / May 24, 2016)
“I will come march with you on Pride” (WDG / May 3, 2016)
Ministry of Tourism Suspends Budget for LGBT Tourism (A Wider Bridge / April 20, 2016)
LGBT With Disabilities: Coming out of Two Closets (IGY / March 17, 2016)
Gay Teen from Iran: “I Admire Israel” (A Wider Bridge / March 15, 2016)
10 Tips for Parents Whose Child Just Came Out (Mako Pride / February 5, 2016)
Amit Reiss Comes Out (Again) (A Wider Bridge / February 2, 2016)
Biphobia Starts in the Community (Mako Pride / January 14, 2016)
IGY Leader to Receive Social Award (Mako-A Wider Bridge / January 8, 2016)
The Aguda Appointed New ED (A Wider Bridge / January 4, 2016)
2015 in Bridging LGBTQ North America and Israel (A Wider Bridge / December 30, 2015)
Zehorit Talks LGBT-Jewish Visibility (A Wider Bridge / December 28, 2015)
IGY on Gay UK Top 10 List for 2015 (The Gay UK / December 22, 2015)
IGY Members Discuss Gay Life in Israel (Windy City Times / December 20, 2015)
Michael Opens Up on Being Trans (A Wider Bridge / December 22, 2015)
Israeli Gay Youth Are “Heroes” (A Wider Bridge / December 8, 2015)
Knesset Hears LGBT Youth Stories (Mako Pride / November 30, 2015)
Interview with Activist Eran Evan (Time Out Israel / November 22, 2015)
Watching Youth on the Internet (Walla!/ November 23, 2015)
Whatsapp Counseling (Haaretz / November 2, 2015)
Ten Minutes of Torah: Gay Pride in Israel (Reform Judaism / August 19, 2015)
Rivlin Officially Welcomes Gay Youth Group to the President’s Residence (Jerusalem Post / June 10, 2015)
Meet Israel’s Transgender Youth (Ha’aretz / June 8, 2015)
Mandy Michaeli Shapes the Future Community (A Wider Bridge / May 29, 2015)
Weitzman Speaks on Gay Israel (Canadian Jewish News / April 24, 2015)
IGY in Arabic (Ha’aretz / April 24, 2015)
Independence and Pride (IGY / April 23, 2015)
“Remember us at the Voting Booth” (Mako Pride / March 3, 2015)
Get to Know Zehorit Sorek (A Wider Bridge / January 28, 2015)
IGY Struggles Big Suicide Rates Among LGBT Youth (IGY / December 12, 2014)
Remembering Yitzhak Rabin (IGY / November 17, 2014)
Gay Youth Inclusion in Fighting Teen Suicide (Ha’aretz / Novmber 13, 2014)
Not the Same Michael (IGY / October 14, 2014)
Bisexual Visibility in LGBTer World (IGY / September 24, 2014)
New Ethiopian-Israeli LGBT community gatherings (IGY / September 5, 2014)
Closeted Lesbian Teen Writes (IGY / August 27, 2014)
Weizman’s “teenk” is Getting Bigger (ice / August 22, 2014)
Five Years to the Bar Noar Murder (GoGay / August 4, 2014)
Homophobic Friends of IDF? (A Wider Bridge / July 23, 2014)
Gay Youth Surprise Iron Dome Soldiers (A Wider Bridge / June 17, 2014)
Orna Supports LGBT Youth (A Wider Bridge / July 9, 2014)
Behind the Scenes of IGY’s New Campaign (The Times of Israel / June 9, 2014)
An Orthodox Student Comes Out (Mako Pride / May 16, 2014)
Tel Aviv LGBT Center marks Yom Hashoah (Mako Pride / April 25, 2014)
Law Against Discrimination at Schools (LGBTQ Nation / March 19, 2014)
IGY: Good Deeds Day (GoGay / March 13, 2014)
Are Israeli School Safe for Gay Kids? (Haaretz / January 21, 2014)
Lauper Sees Tel Aviv’s True Colors (Times of Israel / January 3, 2014)
American LGBT Leaders Arrive for a Weeklong Trip (Jerusalem Post / October 29, 2013)
Israeli LGBT Orgs Seek Volunteers (A Wider Bridge / September 11, 2013)
Israel’s LGBT Community Raises a Red Flag (A Wider Bridge / August 29, 2013)
Meet IGY’s New Co-CEO Ran Leabel (A Wider Bridge / July 5, 2013)
 New CEOs at IGY (Mako / May 30, 2013)
IGY Advocates Visit Lambert House (The Sun Breaks / March 27, 2013)
“Gay Days” in NYC (A Wider Bridge / March 17, 2013)
Israeli Gay Youth Share Stories of Anguish and Renewal (J Weekly / March 24, 2011)
Israel Gay Youth Delegation, Sponsored by A Wider Bridge (A Wider Bridge / March 20, 2011)

IGY’s girls get ready for the pride parade in Haifa [photo from Facebook]