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A Wider Bridge, a North American group advancing equality, inclusion, and justice, announced a record amount to be given in Impact Grants for the coming year.
The AWB Impact Grants support twenty different Israeli LGBTQ organizations that build greater acceptance in Israel, including civil rights groups, community centers, educational organizations, and organizations providing health care and other services.
The Israeli LGBTQ community and its remarkable organizations have found effective and powerful ways to advance equality throughout Israel. “In these difficult times, the LGBTQ community in Israel needs our support more than ever. It has been well-publicized that prominent members of the new Israeli government are intolerable towards LGBTQ people, and we must ensure that the diverse and vibrant LGBTQ communities in Israel are not driven back into the closet,” said Alan Schwartz, A Wider Bridge Board Chair.
“AWB impact grants are funded by our generous supporters, many of them new ones who understand the urgent need and who are committed to A Bridge’s Mission of advocating for equality in Israel alongside our partners in Israel,” said Ethan Felson, A Wider Bridge Executive Director.
This year’s impact grants will support five new organizations (Beit Issi Shapira, The Different House, Israel Trans Association, Pride of Lionesses, TLVfest) and range of special projects such as providing psychosocial support, hotlines for the LGBTQ community, access to legal information for Palestinians queer asylum seekers, emergency financial assistance, and more. The grants will help LGBTQ Israelis, Jewish and Arab, members of the trans community, and those living in cities and small towns throughout Israel.