A Wider Briefing: Israel’s Elections Through an LGBTQ Perspective

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Israel’s national parliamentary elections are on September 17, 2019. A Wider Bridge is carefully watching four major issues affecting the future of our work fighting for LGBTQ Israelis and the US-Israel relationship. We’ve put together an LGBTQ election guide on our website to share the stakes with our community. A Wider Bridge has written this […]

Israel’s Coalition Rejects Bill to Extend Surrogacy Rights to Gay Men; AWB Attends Session

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On Wednesday, October 31, A Wider Bridge’s 2018 Fall LGBTQ Mission Trip to Israel sat in the Knesset gallery as the opposition introduced the pro-LGBT surrogacy Bill, which was ultimately defeated.  The group witnessed an ugly episode as ultra-orthodox MK shouted out at MKs Yair Lapid and Yael German for championing the LGBTQ community. AWB’s Quentin […]

Postcard From Jerusalem: The Fight for LGBTQ Equality in Israel

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As a progressive, I’m often questioned about why I support Israel. And as a state representative, I’m told it’s not my area and I should stay out of this thorny issue. However, with the recent passing of Sen. John McCain, I’m reminded of two lessons: First, you can have your feet planted at home with […]

Anti-Gay Surrogacy Bill Passes, The Aguda Calls for Nationwide LGBTQ Strike

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday dashed to the Knesset for the express purpose of voting against a measure that would have extended surrogacy rights to same-sex couples — two days after publishing a video explaining why he supports the idea.  In response to the passage of this anti-gay surrogacy bill, the Aguda National LGBTQ […]

We Lost Today

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A Wider Bridge’s Executive Director Tyler Gregory penned this response to the anti-gay surrogacy bill that just passed the Knesset today. I’m sad to say that we lost at the Knesset today, despite fierce opposition and broad public support for LGBTQ families. Ultra-orthodox parties within the government forced a vote on an anti-gay amendment to […]

Passage of Anti-LGBTQ Surrogacy Bill in Israel Part of a Worrying Trend 

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Contact: Ronit Bezalel, Communications Director, ronit@awiderbridge.org, 1-866-288-5774 x6 NEW YORK — A Wider Bridge, the North American organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ communities in Israel expressed disappointment in Knesset’s actions to pass a law today preventing access to surrogacy in Israel for gay couples and single men. Under the law as it stands, gay couples and single men […]

Surrogacy Vote Delayed after PM Backs Inclusion of Same-sex Couples in Bill

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The Israeli Knesset is deliberating over an amendment to the surrogacy bill which will allow single women to obtain the use of a surrogate in Israel, but will still exclude gay couples from obtaining this service also. Until now, the service has only been legally available in Israel to married, heterosexual couples. Demonstrators protest against […]

Thousands Protest Knesset’s Surrogacy Bill’s Exclusion of Gay Couples

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Israel’s LGBTQ communities demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday night against a looming bill on surrogacy that, if passed, would exclude gay couples. Photo: Guy Cohen The bill, which is expected to pass into law in its final readings at the Knesset on Monday, updates current legislation that only grants state-supported surrogacy for married heterosexual […]

“It’s Time to Tell Us Yes!” Israel’s LGBTQ Communities Demand Equality

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This Monday, the Israeli government will vote on an amendment that will prevent members of the LGBTQ community from being parents in Israel through surrogacy. Stakes are high, as Israel’s LGBTQ communities have been fighting for over a decade to change this surrogacy law, which currently only allows heterosexual couples in Israel this right. A massive […]