Weekly Round-up: August 11, 2017

Stay up-to-date with our many communities: Here’s what’s been happening this week in the intersecting worlds of pro-Israel and the LGBTQ community!



Elian Nesiel from Bat Yam was chosen as 2017 Miss Trans Israel, and will represent Israel in the international Miss Trans Star competition in Barcelona later this year. WDG

CNN brings the unique story of Micha Yehudi, a transgender religious man who serves in the Israeli amy and marched  at the Jerusalem Pride parade. CNN

In its weekend edition, Haaretz newspaper published an extensive article about gender non-binary people, introducing them to Israeli society and predicting “the next revolution,” that may completely eliminate the classification of people into categories of male and female. Thanks to people like YouTube sensation Ender, genderqueer visibility increases. A Wider Bridge


A precedent decision by the Family Court in Petach Tikva, given Monday by the Honorable Judge Idit Ben-Julian, gives retroactive legal parenting to a lesbian mom of a six-year-old girl from the date of birth. WDG

Oren Magori , 19, created a series of illustrations to demonstrate the visibility of the LGBTI community, turned them into posters and hung them around his city, Ashdod. Gay Star News

Salim Joubran, the first Arab judge appointed to the Israeli Supreme Court, retired at the age of 70. The conservative Christian Joubran was surprisingly tolerant of the LGBT community. The Jewish Press

“Bears,” Families with young children (including babies with “I love” stickers stuck onto their onesies) and other “experienced native priders” at Jerusalem Pride Parade. Los Angeles Times


CHICAGO — At a time when film critic and activist Danielle Solzman doesn’t feel all that included in the Chicago Orthodox community because she’s transgender, she also feels she doesn’t really have a place in the Chicago transgender community because she’s Jewish. Alma

KENTUCKY — For the past week, a delegation of Israeli women have been in Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city, discussing gender equality. 89.3 WFPL


Former Knesset member Uzi Baram thinks society has a lot to learn from the LGBTQ community about the struggle to change. When people have a clearly defined objective and view achieving it as their life’s goal, they can topple strong walls and smash glass ceilings. Chronic complainers should take note. Haaretz

Former President Clinton’s communications director and current president of the JAC Education Fund, Ann F. Lewis, was part of the Women’s March in Washington in January, but she didn’t march to show support for hateful, divisive language that tries to expel Zionists and denies the existence of Israel. The Washington Jewish Week

Jerusalem community theater’s gender-bent production of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” features cross-dressing performance of the Bard’s classic comedy. The Times of Israel

Chief Rabbi said pride is bad for Jerusalem. 22,000 people disagreed. Carol Kuruvilla, religion reporter of the Huffington Post summarizes the voices and the images from the 2017 Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem. HuffPost