On Israel’s 70th Independence Day, Celebrating LGBTQ Progress

On the 5th of Iyar, according to the Hebrew calendar, David Ben-Gurion, soon to be Prime Minister, established the State of Israel, rebuilding the homeland of the Jews—a people who which had been exiled for nearly 2,000 years, subject to persecution, abuse, and in the years prior, the horrors of the Holocaust. That day is now celebrated as Yom Ha’atzmaut—the Israeli Independence Day. read more

Over the past week, we mourned the six million on Yom HaShoah, we commemorated fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror on Yom HaZikaron, and today, we celebrate 70 years of Israeli independence. Read the Yom Ha’atzmaut message from Tyler Gregory, Executive Director of A Wider Bridge. read more


To #Celebrate70, we’re looking back at key moments of progress for the LGBTQ community in Israel. From the 1st annual gay celebration in the history of Tel Aviv in 1966 to the 1990s, when LGBTQ IDF soldiers were allowed to serve openly and equally, we’re proud of how Israel has bent the arc toward progress. Celebrate 70 years of independence with us! read more