KALA: Ethiopian Israeli LGBT Community

KALA-Featured-1KALA (Hebrew abbreviation of Kehila Lahatavit Ethiopit, ‘LGBT Ethiopian Community’) is a new organization that works to raise awareness of sexuality and gender issues within the Ethiopian community in Israel.

Our goal is to provide a supportive environment for Ethiopian LGBT people who, due to the circumstances and the lack of awareness in the Ethiopian community face barriers that prevent them from strengthening sexual and gender identity. KALA also deals with the “clash” between the Ethiopian identify and the LGBT identity.

A part of KALA is still defined as confidential in order to maintain the privacy of those who haven’t yet revealed their sexual identity or gender to their immediate surroundings.


Exploring the Richness of Israel’s LGBT Experience (A Wider Bridge / October 31, 2016)
KALA Seeks A Queen (WDG / October 6, 2016)
Israeli, Ethiopian and Gay (My Jewish Learning / May 26, 2016)
LGBT Ethiopian Israeli Activists Visit U.S. (The Washington Blade / May 3, 2016)
Jews of Color Defy America’s Obsession With Identity Politics (The New York Post / April 27, 2016)
Don’t Miss: A Night of Ethiopian-Israeli R&B and LGBT Advocacy in NYC (Out Traveler / April 20, 2016)
A Wider Bridge Announces First Ever U.S. Tour of LGBTQ Ethiopian Israeli Leadership (A Wider Bridge / March 30, 2016)
A Wider Bridge Announces First Ever U.S. Tour of LGBTQ Ethiopian Israeli Leaders (LGBT Weekly / March 29, 2016)
Top 10 Stories of 2015 (A Wider Bridge / December 30, 2015)
A Look-Back at TLV’s Historic LGBT Conference (A Wider Bridge / June 18, 2015)
Ethiopian Israelis Should Learn from the Gay Community (June 3, 2015)
LGBT Ethiopians: Minority within a Minority (A Wider Bridge / May 28, 2015)
’40 Years of Pride:’ More Speakers Announced (April 3, 2015)
New Ethiopian-Israeli LGBT Community Gatherings (IGY / September 5, 2014)