Monthly Roundup – May 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!


Outside the Tel Aviv LGBTQ Center in Gan Meir Park

A Wider Bridge’s 9th Annual LGBTQ Leadership Mission to Israel has begun! Twenty-six LGBTQ community leaders and personalities have joined A Wider Bridge staff on a 10-day mission to Israel to experience the country through an LGBTQ lens.


Netta wins Eurovision! Israel’s Netta Barzilai clucked her way to the top of the international song contest with the women’s #MeToo empowerment anthem “Toy”. Times of Israel

LGBTQ youth organizers in Kfar Saba won the right to hold a pride parade without having to shoulder the prohibitive financial costs of paying for a fence, as required by the police. A Wider Bridge

Openly Gay IDF Officer Sharon Afek Promoted to Major General. A Wider Bridge

A blood donation campaign targets the LGBT Community for the first time in Israel, thanks to changes in donation rules. Channel 10 News

A precedent-setting Israeli Supreme Court decision ruled that a lesbian mother must let her former partner forge a relationship with her son. Ha’aretz


CHICAGO — AWB held its first-ever LGBTQ Campus Summit, where participants learned skills to engage their peers in discussions about Israel. “Today was a rare opportunity to talk about Israel in a nuanced way, especially in a LGBTQ sense,” Finn Rinder, participant A Wider Bridge.

NEW YORK — “Why I’m marching in the Celebrate Israel Parade and why you should too.” A Wider Bridge’s Young Professionals Network member Peter Fox leads the AWB contingent in the upcoming parade. A Wider Bridge


Being bullied at school inspired Lee Arnan, who identifies as non-binary, to become a teacher. Yediot

“Viva La Diva!” How Israeli singer Dana International made trans identity mainstream. The Guardian

Israeli Drag artist Gil Naveh (AKA Galina for de Bra) reflects on Wigstock 1998, Israel’s own Stonewall moment, and how far things have progressed 20-years later. “In Wigstock 2018, we will continue to stand up for ourselves, to flip the finger to all those who think we have something to be ashamed of, and lead with sparkle and colors to equality, pride, love and safe sex.” Mako

Gay Israeli singer’s mom is his biggest LGBTQ Advocate. Laisha


Partners Ghenete Wright and Niki Lopez and arrive in Israel for the 2018 LGBTQ Leadership Mission