Gaza no haven for LGBT Palestinians

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A Wider Bridge’s Advisory Board member Chris McCannell just came back from Israel after taking part in Tel Aviv’s first LGBT leadership conference, where he heard Mayor Ed Murray’s speech, and has something to say to those who tried to prevent Mayor Murray’s from attending the conference. The recent opinion editorial “Seattle mayor’s trip highlights […]

Ed Murray Israel Visit: A Summary

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Israeli website Ynet News summarizes Mayor Ed Murray’s Israel visit, which included a participation in the 40 Years of Pride conference Openly gay Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will be among those celebrating Israel’s LGBT community at Friday’s Tel Aviv Pride Parade, despite pressure to cancel his visit. The planned visit raised objections among activists in […]

Mayor Murray’s Trip to Israel is Not ‘Pinkwashing’

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Rather than condemning the mayor’s trip to Israel, we should encourage him and others to go learn firsthand. Former secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, once said, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” This is my response to local activists who oppose […]

Murray’s Israel Trip Supports Human Rights

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is right to participate in the Tel Aviv 40 Years of Pride conference. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s participation in a Tel Aviv celebration of Israel’s LGBTQ accomplishments has sparked predictable reactions from the extreme ends of the Israeli-Palestinian debate. There is no reason that support of gender rights and Palestinian rights […]

Radical Activists Attack Murray’s Visit to Israel

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The Seattle Times is reporting that some activists are protesting Mayor Ed Murray’s upcoming trip to israel, where he will give the keynote address at 40 Years of Pride, the global LGBTQ leadership conference sponsored by A Wider Bridge and The Aguda. Despite the anti-Israel protests, Mayor Murray expressed no intention to cancel his trip […]