Weekly Round-Up: May 26, 2017

Stay up-to-date with our many communities: Here’s what’s been happening this week in the intersecting worlds of Israeli, LGBT and Jewish life! A Wider Bridge



“Straight women think we’re not real men, gay men think we’re in the closet,” Israeli bisexual activist Pablo Utin opens up on biphobia. A Wider Bridge

Israeli member of Knesset Isaac Herzog used his meeting with a Chechen official to express the deep concern of the Israeli people over the reports of the persecution and murder of LGBT people in Chechnya. Mako Pride


The Tel Aviv Pride Parade will take place June 9, 2017, under the theme: Bisexual Visibility.

“Blonde & Brunette” by DJ Only featuring Ishtar is the song that was chosen by the city of Tel Aviv to lead its annual Gay Pride events that are placing the bisexual community in the front. The video for the song was premiered earlier this week at the city hall’s official toast event to kickstart Pride Month. Watch the video here: WDG

The British Embassy in Israel is preparing for the events of the Pride Week in Tel Aviv-Yafo and launching an original digital campaign focusing on LGBTQ families, which is the theme of the truck the embassy will fund, lead by Ambassador David Quarrey, at Tel Aviv Pride. Mako Pride

As a part of a series of interviews with personalities who make the LGBTQ community shine, popular American gay website Queerty spoke with nightlife personality Erez Bialer about his memories from Pride, including Israeli nude beaches, Offer Nissim & getting thrown out of his own party. Queerty


Following an intense game, Jerusalem’s Hapoel Shira Banki Katamon girls’ soccer team, named after the girl who was murdered at the Jerusalem Pride Parade in 2015, won Israeli girls soccer championship, and it was moving. Yedioth Ahronot

Sweden’s Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser, together with his colleague, the ambassador from El Salvador, H. E. Werner Matias Romero hosted a reception at the Swedish ambassadorial residence in Herzlia Pituach, to recognize IDAHOT – the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia; a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. Diplomacy.co.il


The governors of all 50 U.S. states on Thursday released a statement strongly denouncing boycotts of Israel as “antithetical to our values and the values of our respective states.” The Tower

Days before Evan Wolfson goes on the plane to Israel to try to advance marriage equality there, journalist Mark Joseph Stern spoke with him about Taiwan, another country  he worked with, that finally ruled in favor of marriage equality this week. Slate

CHICAGO —  Auxiliary Bishop Albert Rojas was one of more than a dozen Catholic signatories in the Chicago area to publish an ad rejecting anti-semitism and homophobia. Catholic Philly

MIAMI — Rabbi Noah Kitty, Executive Director of LGBTQ Congregation Etz Chaim, answers basic questions about LGBTQ and Judaism and talks about the growing acceptance of LGBTQ people: “the future of gay congregations is unclear.” Miami Herald

NEW YORK — A Wider Bridge is teaming up with our friends from JQY, Eshel, Keshet and Mosaic of Westchester to Celebrate Israel in New York City on June 4th! A Wider Bridge


Being exposed to Reform Judaism in the UK, gay TV personality Simon Atkins went to Israel to explore Jewish orthodoxy. “A man who sleeps with another man die he shall die,” he was told. Watch the preview for his documentary. London Live

LISTEN: Columnist Don Futterman, educator Noah Efron and Times of Israel Ops & Blogs Editor Miriam Herschlag, three hetero cisgender Israelis, mull over “conversion therapy” being offered in Israel by ultra-Orthodox therapists for men who wish to stop being attracted to other men. TLV1

Openly gay comedian Guy Branum is trying to reinvent late night television. The Forward