Member of Knesset Merav Ben Ari announced Tuesday on social media that she’s launching and will be strongly supporting an LGBT caucus for the Kulanu Party, led by transgender woman Amit Zuk.
“From day one of entering the Knesset I took it upon myself to promote the gay population in the country,” wrote Ben Ari. “I do so out of genuine social vision, a desire to help and assist but mainly because I love and respect the members of the LGBT community.
“Gladly, my party’s chairman, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, supports me all the way through and beyond the special economic assistance, as he definitely understands the importance of supporting the community.”
Kulanu is a centrist political party that focuses on economic and cost-of-living issues. The party, that holds 10 seats at the Israeli Knesset, is the 5th party in Israel to form an LGBT caucus – alongside Meretz, Labor, Yesh Atid and Likud.
“The LGBT caucus I’m launching, ‘Ge’im Be-Kulanu’ aims for activists to take part in our important achievements and would help to promote new and existing programs for the gay community,” wrote Merav Ben Ari. “I call on you to join us, and therefore the group will be lead by Amit Zuk, a transgender woman, community activist and co-founder of the Israeli Pride Association. She does so voluntarily and lovingly.”