Israeli President Welcomes IGY

Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin officially welcomes gay youth group to the President’s Residence


Wearing white emblazoned-maroon tee-shirts announcing in Hebrew and English across the front: “We are everywhere” a representative group of slightly more than a dozen members Israel Gay Youth was officially received on Wednesday at the President’s Residence by President Reuven Rivlin.

Headed by Mindy Michaeli, the national CEO of IGY, the group was accompanied by former MK Nitzan Horowitz, who is openly gay and was warmly embraced by Rivlin; Gal Uchovsky, a television and print-media personality and prominent member of Israel’s gay community; and Yaniv Weizman, who holds the gay portfolio on the Tel Aviv City Council.

Rivlin reminded them that 22 years ago, he had been the first MK to accept the gay community as equals who can contribute to society. Reflecting on the possibility that gay attorney Amir Ohana, who is a major in the IDF reserves and was in 32nd slot on the Likud list for the current Knesset, may move up in the ranks, Weizman was excited that there may soon be a gay Likudnik in the Knesset.

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