Monthly Roundup – June 2018

Stay up-to-date with our many communities: Here’s what’s been happening this month in the intersecting worlds of pro-Israel and the LGBTQ community!


A Wider Bridge marches with Zioness and the Israeli Consulate during the annual Pride Parade in New York City. Photo source: 


Israel’s wrestling champion Nir Rotenberg comes out of the closet as gay and reminds us, “don’t be afraid to be who you are!” WDG

Our LGBTQ Leadership Mission just completed an 11-day trip to Israel, including joining Tel Aviv‘s largest gay pride parade ever. A Wider Bridge

A few weeks after Tel Aviv Pride, the city of Haifa also held its largest-ever gay pride parade. Ha’aretz

Israel’s LGBTQ community received an advocacy boost with the appointment of  Oded Frid as Knesset lobbyist.  A Wider Bridge

Israel recognized lesbian couples as mothers. Now the High Court says this was a mistake. Ha’aretz

Hundreds rallied against homophobia in Holon, following comments made by Deputy Mayor Yoel Yeshurun. WDG

The Knesset has been busy this month with some good news for LGBTQ issues, and some not so good news.

Good news:
The Knesset advanced a bill banning discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity. The Times of Israel
Lesbian couple in Israel wins court case in appeal for parental recognition. Jerusalem Online

Not so good news:
On Pride Week, the Knesset rejected the Marriage Equality Bill. A Wider Bridge
A Knesset panel okays anti-gay surrogacy law. Ha’aretz.


USA — Pride 2018: A Wider Bridge celebrates coast to coast, and in-between! A Wider Bridge

CHICAGO  —  “I am increasingly disturbed by the polarization on the left, the categorizing of “good” anti-Zionist Jews vs. “bad” Zionist Jews. Many LGBTQ Jews are terrified to voice support for Israel, for fear they’ll be shut down, shamed and relegated to this “bad Jew” status.” A Wider Bridge’s Ronit Bezalel take on the Chicago Dyke March. A Wider Bridge

FLORIDA  —  “As we continue to move forward this pride season, we should be filled with a renewed sense of hope and resilience.” A Wider Bridge’s Quentin Hill remarks on the 18th Annual Pride Seder at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, co-sponsored by A Wider Bridge. A Wider Bridge


Jewish Drag Queen Alexis Michelle with Consul General Dani Dayan at NYC Pride. Photo source: